Wine-red hot springs can be enjoyed all the year round. Over 600 varieties of rare alpine plants add extra detail to the breathtaking natural beauty.
Mt. Esan, located in the southeast of the Kameda Peninsula extending into the Pacific Ocean from the south of Hokkaido, is an active volcano 618 meters above sea level, and a part of Esan Prefectural Nature Park. Mt. Esan offers a scenic location commanding a panoramic view from Mt. Yotei to Mt. Komagadake, and on a fine day, as far away as the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture. Over 600 varieties of alpine plants, including azaleas and cowberries, flower together in beauty on the volcano's crater. The Esan Tsutsuji Festival (azalea festival) is held there each year in early summer. Another seasonal highlight is that of the autumn colors, which set the whole mountainside ablaze with color.
At the foot of Mt. Esan is the Esan Hot Spring, a popular attraction since the latter half of the 19th century, it is renowned for its distinctive wine-red colored water. At the Todohokke Village Lighthouse Family Museum on the northern side, visitors can marvel at the constellations glittering on the ceiling, and compare the blasts of different foghorns, including those used by lighthouses to warn passing ships of hazards.
At the Mizunashi-Kaihin Hot Spring there is a bath right at the seashore where visitors can enjoy open-air bathing with the added attraction of relaxing views of the countryside, with the sea and Mt. Esan in the distance. The temperature of the bath varies with the tide.
[Air] 1h 20 min from Haneda to Hakodate Airport. 1h 50 min from Hakodate Station to Esan Tozan-guchi (starting point for a climb) by bus.
[Air] 2h 10 min from Kansai International Airport to Hakodate Airport.