Day trip bathing travel journals to hot springs where we visited by train and bus

Hottarakashi-onsen

Hottarakashi-onsen

1669-18, Yatsubo, Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Pref.

The moment of happiness that soaking in the open-air bath while watching Kofu Basin, the mountains surrounding it, and the magnificent Mt. Fuji.

Hottarakashi-onsen That Bath open-air bath
Hottarakashi-onsen This Bath open-air bath Hottarakashi-onsen This Bath open-air bath Mt.Fuji from Hottarakashi-onsen

From the open-air bath with a panoramic view, you can look the magnificent Mt. Fuji, and the mountains that surround the Kofu Basin below. The superb views of each hour, such an early morning, daytime, dusk and night view, give you a deep impression every time visiting this hot spring.

It has two alkaline sources with a 9.6 and a 10.1 pH value. It is said that they have the characteristics of smoothing the skin and keeping your body warm after bath.

A hot spring facility full of handmade feeling by the staff. "Hottarakashi Camping Field" has opened in the back of the onsen!

Location

Rating of access

1.5 pt(from Shinjuku)

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Area / Railway

Koshinetsu Region
Yamanashi Pref.

JR Chuo Line

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Train and bus route map of Hottarakashi-onsen, Yamanashi Prefecture
Train and bus route map of Hottarakashi-onsen, Yamanashi Prefecture
Kofu Station timetable Sakaori Station timetable Yamanashishi Station timetable Takao Station timetable Shinjuku Station timetable Fruit Center Bus Stop timetable Yamanashi Gakuin Daigaku Bus Stop timetable Isawa Bus Stop timetable

Click the station name or bus stop name to open EKITAN or NAVITIME etc.

Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. Keio: 1 hr Keio Line: ¥ 370
  • Takao Sta.JR: 1 hr 25 min Chuo Line ¥ 1,170
  • Yamanashi-shi Sta. Walk: 1 hr 15 - 33 min 4.9 - 6.1 km (3.0 - 3.8 mi) Difference in elevation: 354 m (1161 ft)
  • Hottarakashi-onsen
Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta.JR: 2 hrs 20 min Chuo Line ¥ 2,310
  • Yamanashi-shi Sta. Yamanashi City Bus: 10 min for Fruits Park ¥ 200
  • Fruits Center Bus StopWalk: 25 min 1.6 km (1 mi) Max difference in elevation: 123 m (404 ft)
  • Hottarakashi-onsen
Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. JR express: 1 hr 30 min Kaiji etc. Reserved seat¥ 3,890
  • Yamanashi-shi Sta.Taxi: 10 min about ¥ 2,500
  • Hottarakashi-onsen
Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. (New South Gate)Walk: 2 min
  • Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
    (4th floor) Expressway bus: 2 hrs Kofu Ryuo Line (via Isawa) ¥ 2,200
  • Yamanashi Gakuin Daigaku Bus StopWalk: 5 min 0.4 km (0.2 mi)
  • Sakaori Sta.JR: 10 min Chuo Line ¥ 200
  • Yamanashi-shi Sta.Walk: 2 min 0.2 km (0.1 mi)
  • Machinoeki Yamanashi Bicycle rental: 45 min ¥ 100 or ¥ 520
    6.2 km (3.9 mi) Difference in elevation: 354 m (1161 ft)
  • Hottarakashi-onsen
Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. (New South Gate)Walk: 2 min
  • Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
    (4th floor) Expressway bus: 1 hr 50 min Kofu Ryuo Line (via Isawa) ¥ 2,100
  • Isawa Bus StopTaxi: 20 min about ¥ 3,500
    11.3 km (7 mi)
  • Hottarakashi-onsen
Routes from Tokyo
  • Shinjuku
  • Keio
  • Takao
  • JR
  • Yamanashi-shi
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 3 hrs 40 - 58 min ¥ 1,540

  • Shinjuku
  • JR
  • Yamanashi-shi
  • Bus
  • Fruits Center
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 55 min ¥ 2,510

  • Shinjuku
  • JR express
  • Yamanashi-shi
  • Taxi
  • hot spring
  • 1 hr 40 min about ¥ 6,390

  • Shinjuku
  • Expressway bus
  • Sakaori
  • JR
  • Yamanashi-shi
  • Bicycle rental
  • hot spring
  • 3 hrs 04 min ¥ 2,500 or ¥ 2,920

  • Shinjuku
  • Expressway bus
  • Isawa
  • Taxi
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 12 min about ¥ 5,600

  • The fare of JR Express is "Base fare" plus "Express charge". (These are determined according to the distance.) In case of JR Express on Chuo Line, "Express charge" has two types: "Reserved seat" and "Undecided seat". Both have the same charge, which do not change depending on the season. However, the price will vary depending on where you buy (Internet < Station < Inside the car). If you have an "Undecided seat" ticket, you can sit in any vacant seat, but you have no priority. So, if someone comes who has a "Reserved seat" ticket for the seat you are sitting, you have to give up the seat to him / her.
  • Be careful of the time as the bus only has 3 round trips a day.
    Depart from Yamanashi-shi Sta. Fruits Center arrival / departure Arrive at Yamanashi-shi Sta.
    10:3010:4010:50
    13:4013:5014:00
    16:4516:55/17:0017:10

    (As of May 22, 2021)

  • There is a hot spring called "Fruit SPA PukuPuku" near Fruits Center Bus Stop. The address is "2589-13, Daiku, Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture". Some car navigation systems do not recognize the address of Hottarakashi-onsen. So if you drive and use a car navigation system, it may be better to put this onsen's address in at the destination first.
  • "Machinoeki Yamanashi" is located to the north of the post office in front of Yamanashi-shi Station, and is closed on Wednesdays (or the next day if it is a holiday). The bicycle rental service is available from 9:00 to 17:00, ID card required, regular bicycle ¥ 100 (deposit ¥ 1,000), electric assisted bicycle ¥ 510 (deposit ¥ 2,000).
  • The above fares are based on cash. When using an IC card, the fares may differ slightly.
  • The above times and distances are approximate. Does not include transfering or waiting times.

How to get to Hottarakashi-onsen from Yamanashi-shi Sta.

From Yamanashi-shi Sta. to Fruit Park Entrance Intersection (Click the map to open Google Map)

After leaving Yamanashi-shi Station, follow the road in front of the station to the left and cross the bridge. Go straight at the "Nishikanto Road Entrance" intersection and turn right at the next "Fruit Park Entrance" intersection. (After turning right, the road is almost uphill.)

bus stop: bus stop

Fuefukigawa Fruit Park(Click the map to open Google Map)

Going up for a while, then there is an intersection with no traffic light. (Point of A on the map)

An intersection on the way to Hottarakashi-onsen

A An intersection without traffic light
(The front is a steep road)

A  At this intersection, turn right or go straight on foot. (If you are driving a car, you must turn right.) A right turn is a long distance and the slope is gentle. On the other hand, a straight uphill is a short distance and steep. (A→E average gradient: 14.7%) In the case of a right turn, you will go in the order of A→B→C→D→E on the map.

B  The entrance of the outdoor stage area (Parking lot No.2) of Fuefukigawa Fruit Park. If you are driving, go straight. On foot, you can also get into the Fruit Park from here and take a walk in the park. In addition, there is a stop of "Road Train" near this entrance of the park, so it's not bad to get on it.

The entrance of Fuefukigawa Fruit Park

C The entrance of Fuefukigawa Fruit Park (Turn left here)

C  Whether on foot or by car, turn left at this entrance of Fuefukigawa Fruit Park and get into the park. (This is the most important point of this route.) Pass the parking lot and follow the road in the park.

D  Fruits Center Bus Stop. If you come by bus, get off here. The plaza here has a good view and it's just good for a break.

E  The roads merge at E whether you go straight on or turn right at A. In case of walking a steep straight road from A to E, if you keep walking on the paved road, you will never get lost.

the place some people may get lost

On the A to E straight route, the place some people may get lost. (Right is right.)

F  Go along the road from E. There are plenty of flags of Hottarakashi-onsen so you won't get lost.

bus stop: bus stop

Ahead of Fruit Park(Click the map to open Google Map)

From Yamanashi-shi Station to Hottarakashi-onsen, the distance and the time required for walking are approximately as follows.
●Sta.-A-B-C-D-E-Onsen:
 6.1 km (3.8 mi),  Going 1 hr 33 min,  Returning 1 hr 13 min
●Sta.-A-straight-E-Onsen:
 4.9 km (3 mi),  Going 1 hr 15 min,  Returning 59 min

Travel journal of day trip bathing to hot spring

Characters

Nishi-san
Nishi-san
He is an orthodox hot springs lover and particular about quality of springs. He loves the hot springs flowing from the source, the hot water with a presence, and the rustic atmosphere.
Kita-san
Kita-san
He doesn't care much about quality of hot springs. He loves the open-air bath, and prefers hot springs that have visible features such as good views.

Today's hot spring is "Hottarakashi-onsen". Take the bus from Yamanashi-shi Station to the Fruits Center Bus Stop, and then walk for another 25 minutes to arrive at Hottarakashi-onsen.

Hottarakashi-onsen exterior

Exterior (break room)

Finally arrived!

It's a bit of climbing.

Well, a spacious place, you know.

Oh, there's an information board.

Hottarakashi-onsen has two baths, "This Bath" and "That Bath".

Hottarakashi-onsen information board

Information board

Ok, ok. This is That Bath, and that is This Bath.

No, That is That Bath, and this is This Bath.

No, I said that is This Bath, because This Bath is that side, and That Bath is this, so this is That Bath that is this and that is This Bath that is that ...

First, let's go to This Bath.

Sounds good.

That's why, in This Bath.

Hottarakashi-onsen This Bath open-air bath

This Bath open-air bath

The first thing you'll notice is the open-air bathtub that is made of logs, divided into hot and lukewarm water.

Wow! What a good view! That's Mt. Fuji!

Really good view! We're lucky so that the weather is nice.

The sun is dazzling because no shade.

Fruits Center Bus Stop is located at the highest point of Fuefukigawa Fruit Park. The bus stop is in front of the plaza, and it has a so good view. It has also a footbath.

footbath in the plaza

Footbath

This Bath and That Bath are charged separately.

There is a rocky open-air bath just below.

Hottarakashi-onsen This Bath open-air bath

This Bath open-air bath

Speaking of open-air bath preferences, I prefer rock tubs, but the upper one has a better view.

Exactly. In the lower, The grass is blocking the view.

There is also a indoor bath.

Hottarakashi-onsen This Bath indoor bath

This Bath indoor bath

It's a bit small.

Well, in short, few people who come here and get in the indoor bath.

Everybody will get in if the weather is bad, you know.

If the weather is bad, nobody will come here.

That's right.

And then, Nishi-san and Kita-san returned to the open-air bath, and came out after enjoying the view of This Bath. Take a break outside and next is That Bath. To go to That Bath, they go down the stairs.

Hottarakashi-onsen stairs to That Bath

Stairs to That Bath

It's like a temporary staircase.

But, this is finished.

Well, this may be interesting with this.

In short, the handmade feeling is a feature here.

Hottarakashi-onsen That Bath open-air bath

That Bath open-air bath

That Bath is similar to This Bath, That Bath has an indoor bath and an open-air bath. And the open-air bath is divided into an upper side and a lower side. However, That Bath has about twice the scale of This Bath.

Oh, even more spacious! Mt. Fuji well looking too, it's the best!

You can say that again! The scenery is perfect!

Nishi-san and Kita-san also enjoy the hot water and the scenery while going back and forth between the upper and lower open-air baths.

Hottarakashi-onsen That Bath open-air bath

That Bath open-air bath

Well, I don't want to go back anymore ... By the way, what time is the return bus?

5 o'clock. In front of the Fruits Center.

It's another 10 minutes, you know.

... True ... It's too late ...

...

...

Well, it's OK Walking to the station.

Why not?

Mt. Fuji from Hottarakashi-onsen

Mt. Fuji in the dusk

That's why Nishi-san and Kita-san enjoyed Hottarakashi-onsen until the sun set.

(September 2011)

Sun shades are provided.

Impression & rating

The hot water is not very hot, but it keeps your body warm for a while after bath.

1.0 pt

Impression & rating

Leisurely taking an open-air bath with looking at Mt. Fuji. Nothing is better than it.

4.0 pt

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The Onsen facility

Address
1669-18, Yatsubo, Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Pref.
Phone
domestic: 0553-23-1526
international: +81-553-23-1526
Web Site
Hottarakashi-onsen
Bathing hours
● Hot water Here
[Weekdays] about 10:30 - 17:00(Last entry at 16:00) [Sat,Sun,Holidays]about 10:30 - 22:00
(Last entry at 21:30)
● Hot water There
One hour before sunrise - 22:00(Last entry at 21:30) ※ Estimated opening time [Dec - Feb] about 6:00
[Mar, Nov] about 5:30
[Oct] about 5:00
[Apr, Aug, Sep] about 4:30
[May - Jul] about 4:00
Regular holiday
Open all year round (advance sale and replacement on New Year's Day)
Charge
Adults: ¥ 800 / Elementary school students and under: ¥ 400
(Charges apply for each of Hot water Here and Hot water There.)
Baths
Gender-separated indoor bath, Gender-separated open-air bath
Facilities
Undressing room locker fee (¥ 100)
Remarks
Tattoos are allowed.

The hot spring data
(According to hot spring analysis report etc.)

Old source (This Bath)

(Nov. 30, 1995)

Spring quality
Alkaline Simple hot spring (Hypotonic Alkaline Low temperature spring)
Source
1669-23, Osawasan, Yatsubo, Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Pref.
Temperature
32.0 ℃ (89.6 ℉)
[air temperature: 6 ℃ (39.8 ℉)]
Volume
306 L / min (Pumping)
pH value
9.6
Total ingredients
0.1056 g / kg
Perception
Almost colorless and transparent, tasteless and odorless

New source (That Bath)

(Sep. 26, 2005)

Spring quality
Alkaline Simple hot spring (Hypotonic Alkaline Hot spring)
Source
1669, Yatsubo, Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Pref.
Temperature
41.4 ℃ (106.5 ℉)
[air temperature: 25.0 ℃ (77 ℉)]
Volume
183.6 L / min (Pumping)
pH value
10.1
Total ingredients
0.178 g / kg
Perception
Light yellow-brown, clear, odorless, slightly bitter

Today's Ekiben

Furinkazan
The appearance of Furinkazan The whole of Furinkazan

"Furinkazan" - Battle of delicious foods in Koshu

(Purchased at Kofu Station)

An Ekiben that places delicious Koshu foods in a container designed by TAKEDA's family emblem. At the four corners are each rice dishes named after "wind", "woods", "fire" and "mountain". Therefore, if you are a TAKEDA's vassal, you have to eat it. Even if you are not a vassal, it is worth to eat. Though it's a bit expensive.

« menu »
Simmered abalone sushi, Rustic Japanese mixed rice with abalone and shimeji mushrooms and ginger, Stir-fried miso rice balls with shiitake mushrooms and soybeans and burdock, rice cooked with chestnuts, Wrapped and fried Koshu pumpkin, Stir-fried radish and raisin with vinegar, Grilled trout marinated with miso paste, Beef rolls (with carrots and burdock), Rolled omelet, Fried hoto, TAKEDA's pickles, Boiled apricot with syrup

(¥ 1,260) (→ Marumasa website)

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