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Hot Spring Accommodation SUKAYU Onsen

A rustic, mountain hot spring inn with old-fashioned appeal, embraced by the nature of Hakkoda.

Opened 300 years ago, Sukayu Onsen is a hot spring inn that serves guests seeking the therapeutic benefits of the hot spring. It sits on a cool highland approximately 900 m above sea level at the western foot of Mt. Odake, the main peak of the Hakkoda Mountains. The bathhouse, constructed entirely of Japanese cypress, has a rustic, traditional charm and its enormous "1000-person Japanese cypress bath" (hiba sennin furo) is well-known throughout Japan. The bathing area, 160 tatami mats in area (245 m2), features baths drawn from four different source springs. Included are a hot bath, a cool bath, a "40/60 split" bath, and a waterfall bath. In 1954, Sukayu Onsen was designated Japan's first National Health Spa in recognition of the hot spring's outstanding therapeutic effects and the local climate's suitability as a health resort.

Facility Outline

Closed:Open daily throughout the year
Usage Fee:Requires a Fee
Day Tickets for Bathing Facilities:Available *Communal bath: 7:00 – 17:00 (women only: 8:00–9:00); small bath: 9:00 – 17:00 (Gender-separated "Tama-no-Yu" bath)
Water Types:Acidic, sulfur spring
Foreign Languages Accommodated:English, Chinese and Korean
Address:Sukayusawa 50, Minami-Arakawayama Kokuyurin, Arakawa, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture
“1000-person Japanese cypress bath”(hiba sennin furo)
“1000-person Japanese cypress bath”(hiba sennin furo)
Sukayu Onsen in deep winter
Sukayu Onsen in deep winter
Message from the Facility

The inn bustles with guests seeking therapeutic benefits during the slow season for farming, with mountain climbers from June to October, and skiers from December to May. There are 140 rooms at the inn. You can select an accommodation package that fits your lodging style, with or without a therapeutic bath option.

The milky, acidic bath has been widely known from olden days as a therapeutic thermal bath. The woodblock-print artist Shiko Munakata was among our noted guests. Come for a visit to enjoy this “wonder-working spring water above the clouds.”