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Sukayu Onsen Area Walking Course

Sukayu Onsen Area Walking Courseの写真
Type:
hiking Hot springs
Time Required:
1 h
Distance:
1.7 km
Feel the atmosphere of a volcano through a highland hike.

Course Outline

Known from long ago as a thermal bathing spot, Sukayu can be easily reached by bus from Aomori City. The area features the Sukayu Information Center, a campground, and a nature observation path. The path leads to unique locations such as Jigokunuma Pond, where strongly acidic hot water bubbles up, and “Manjufukashi” (“bun steamer”), where you can warm yourself over hot spring steam. Here one can experience the power of a volcano, the “breath” of the earth.

Highlights

Sukayu Onsen
Sukayu Onsen

A thermal bath with a history beginning in the Edo Period

This bathing spot, with its large “One-Thousand Person” mixed-gender bath constructed of Hiba cypress, preserves an old-fashioned, simple charm. Guests are treated to famous Sukayu soba (buckwheat noodles) and ginger miso bamboo-shoot oden (Japanese stewed dish), a “gourmet, street-style” Aomori dish. (The facility is open daily throughout the year.)

Jigokunuma Pond and Manjufukashi
Jigokunuma Pond and Manjufukashi

Jigokunuma Pond, where hot water bubbles forth

Jigokunuma Pond is a crater lake formed by volcanic activity. Every minute, some 2,700 L of highly acidic, hot (about 90°C) water flow into the marsh from the opposite shore. Manjufukashi is said to be a hot spring that restores youthful vigor. You can sit and warm themselves, fully dressed, sitting on a wooden box through which 95°C hot spring water flows.

Alpine Botanical Garden
Alpine Botanical Garden

Admission is free of charge

Hakkoda Mountains Botanical Garden Tohoku University, opened in 1929, features about 330 species that represent nearly all the plants thriving on Hakkoda Mountains. The garden contains a small marshland with Eriophorum vaginatum, small cranberry, and Asian skunk cabbage. Other features include Lobelia sessilifolia, Trientalis europaea L., marsh grass of Parnassus, Drosera rotundifolia, and flowers in bloom. (Closed in winter)

Course Map

Sukayu Onsen Area Walking Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Sukayu Information Center
5 min.
0.3 km
2
Alpine Botanical Garden
5 min.
0.2 km
3
Viewpoint
10 min.
0.3 km
4
Gokurakunuma Pond
10 min.
0.2 km
5
Manjuhukashi, a wooden bench warmed by using onsen steam
10 min.
0.2 km
6
Jigokunuma Pond
20 min.
0.5 km
7
Sukayu Onsen
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.