Outdoor baths(mixed 3, women 1）
Indoor baths （women 1, men 1）
About Haccho no Yu（map）
To protect the environment around Haccho no Yu, cars are banned once you reach Ometobuchi Onsen.
If you are staying at Haccho no Yu, you can use their shuttle bus and it takes about twenty minutes from the parking lot of Ometobuchi Onsen. It will take you about one hour and ten minutes on foot to get to Haccho no Yu.
You need to park your car at Ometobuchi Onsen(free).
I arrived at the parking lot a little after 8 am. There were already a lot of cars.
To get to Haccho no Yu, you need to walk on Okukinu Trail.
When I visited, a part of the trail was being repaired.
After you cross a bridge, you will start a nice walk on the trail!
You walk about 1km on “Super woodland path”. It is uphill, I already got worn at this point…
You turn right at this sign. It is about 4 km(70 minutes) to Haccho no Yu.
The woodland path is made out of sand and gravel, but the trail is a dirt road with a lot of trees. You will really feel like you are hiking from now on.
You go downhill to a stream.
Then you cross another bridge. I saw some people fishing.
There are stairs, uphills and down hills, but more than half of the trail is flat.
You mostly walk along the stream in the shade. You will not feel hot even in the middle of summer.
Haccho no Yu is the closest to the trail out of four hot springs in Okukinu Onsen village. I did not take a break while I walked, and it took me about one hour.
Experience at Haccho no Yu
The images of the exterior
The place was built in 1929. The check-in desk is inside of the main wooden building.
Haccho no Yu is the oldest in Okukinu Onsen Village. There was no electricity till 1987. It used to be called “The Lamp Ryokan”.
The building is built along the stream, and you can drink natural spring water there. They have a bench for you to sit down to enjoy the nature.
There are five modern looking log houses, but they blend in with the nature.
The images of the interior
There is a shoe box on your right, and a check-in desk in the center.
Haccho no Yu has
・ Three Konyoku outdoor baths
・ Women only outdoor bath
・ Women only indoor bath
・ Men only indoor bath
・ Onsen swimming pool(only in summer)
There are 5 baths. They have two sources and eight springs. All together the hot water is flowing at 300 litters per minute(no added water, no recycled water). They use 100% natural hot spring water.
After you check-in, you turn right. If you turn left, you will get to the Konyoku outdoor baths. If you go straight, there is a women only outdoor bath and a rest area.
Konyoku outdoor bath “Yukimi no Yu” and “Onsen swimming pool”
【The dressing room for the Konyoku baths】
It is a shared dressing room , but there is a curtain.
There are lockers, a sink and a clothes dryer.
【The Konyoku outdoor bath】 “Yukimi no Yu”
The square concrete tub is located right next to the shared dressing room. There is “Yu no Hana(湯の花)”(floating concentrated minerals in hot springs) in the bath. The water is clear(colorless), and it flows form the bamboo tube.
You will see the dense green and a nice waterfall.
As the sun was shinning on the bath when I visited, the water temperature was high. It should feel nice and warm in winter.
【The Onsen swimming pool】
The pool is just across Yukimi no Yu.
As they call it a pool, the water level was up to my nose when I sat in.
The water here is also clear(colorless). There is “Yu no Hana” floating in the bath. The water temperature is lower than Yukimi no Yu. It is about 40℃.
The hot spring water is flowing out of three different spots on the stone wall, then the water goes through the wooden tubes to the pool.
The Konyoku outdoor bath “Takimi no Yu”
You go down using stone stairs by Yukimi no Yu
to get to Takimi no Yu.
There is a bucket, a chair, shampoo, and body soap in the shed.
【The Konyoku outdoor bath】 “Takimi no Yu”
Takimi no Yu is the most famous bath at Haccho no yu.
The tub is made out of natural stones and surrounded by the greens. It is so picturesque.
I saw some people getting tanned on the big stone in the center of the tub.
You can see the waterfall right in front of you. The water isclear(colorless) and there is “Yu no Hana” floating in the bath. The water temperature is about 40℃. It was just right for me.
There is yet another Konyoku bath on the left! Let’s go see it♪
After you climb the nice stone stairs…
【The Konyoku outdoor bath】 “Shakunage no Yu”
At the request of a mason, the small tub is made out of stones.
In June the rosebays bloom all around there. How pretty it must be!
The water is clear(colorless), and the temperature is about 41℃.
You can see the waterfall in the tub. It is so close as if you can touch the waterfall.
When you look up the bath and the waterfall from the bottom, it looks like this.
When you look down from Shakunage no Yu, you can see Takimi no Yu, the rest area, the shed for the women only outdoor bath, the river and the greens. It is so luxurious♪
You need to pass the rest area to go to the women only outdoor bath.
You go down using the wooden stairs…
【The women only outdoor bath】
You can still see the waterfall.
The view of the women only bath(shed on right) from Shakunage no Yu(the Konyoku bath).
Haccho no Yu is very secluded. The trail to get there is not all flat and easy. There are stairs, rocks, even wet areas. I am not very used to trails, it was hard for me. Make sure you wear your tennis shoes or even hiking shoes.
There are a lot of threes around Haccho no Yu. You will enjoy different seneries depending on which season you visit there. It must be very pretty especially during fall.
The place is very popular and I saw a lot of people there, but it did not bother me as there were a several outdoor baths in wide open spaces. It was rather nice and quiet. The guests all had good manners and took turns to use the small outdoor baths. I never had to wait very long.
Most of the times after you bathe in Onsen, your towel changes colors due to the minerals in hot springs or absorbs the sulfur smell. However this Haccho no Yu did not do either somehow. My towels smelled like flower even♪
Required level of nudity
At Haccho no yu towels are allowed. You do not need to be shy as so many women of different ages are present there.
You can see the waterfall from the women only bath in distance, but the Konyoku baths have much better view of the waterfall. You should definitely try the Konyoku baths!
【Required level of nudity】★☆☆☆☆
Water type：Simple thermalpH： 7.2 (neutral)Towels in the baths：AllowedGood for ：Nerve pain・Joint pain・Chronic digestive disease・Hemorrhoid・Poor circulation・Arteriosclerosis・Chronic skin condition…etc.