Yunokawa Snow Monkey in Hakodate Hokkaido 湯の川雪の猿

After our morning trip to Fort Goryokaku (五稜郭), we decided to visit some snow monkeys at the Yunokawa Onsen area. The hot spring is one of the top recommended destination in Hakodate Hokkaido, famous for it’s spa, Hot-Tubbing monkeys as well as a botanical garden.

早晨去了五棱郭之后,我们决定到湯の川温泉地区看看一些雪猴。湯の川温泉是北海道函馆最受推荐的景点之一。以温泉雪猴和植物园而闻名。

And that was the hot tub where a couple dozens monkeys were happily soaking in it under the freezing snowing weather. A fence separated us from the tub and we could only look at them from a distance.
That’s about it. Just some monkeys in a tub. We were starting to regret taking this trip. This is so different from the famous Jigokudani snow monkey park.

如照片看到一样,就是一个热水浴缸,几十只猴子在冰雪天气中浸泡着。围栏将我们和浴缸分离,我们只能从远处看他们。
就是这样。一个大浴缸里的一些猴子。我们开始后悔大老远跑来这里了。这与着名的地狱谷雪猴公园根本是天壤之别。

Next, we paid an entrance fee to visit the popular Hakodate Botanical Garden, which is located within the park. It was a small indoor garden featuring quite a variety of different plants and flowers. A peculiar looking yellow pineapple shaped flower caught my eye. I wonder what it is.

接下来,我们支付了入场费来参观位于公园内的函馆植物园。这是一个小型室内花园,拥有各种不同的植物和花卉。一个奇特的黄色菠萝形花引起了我的注意。到现在还是不知它是什么。

We spent less than an hour in the park and decided to take a leave. On the way to the nearby tram station, we passed by a footbath area that was opened to the public free of charge. Later, after researching online, we found out that such public footbath are known as ‘Ashiyu’ footbath. Here’s a video of me trying out the footbath, enjoying a much needed warmth for my weary feet.

我们在公园里呆了不到一个小时就离开了。在去附近的电车站途中,我们经过了一个免费公众开放的足浴区。后来在网上搜索后,发现这种公共足浴被称为“Ashiyu”足浴。为我疲惫的双脚泡泡点温暖吧。

The local tram. This local service wasn’t accepting Suica card and the traditional ticketing was needed.
当地的电车。这家本地服务不接受Suica卡。

A view around the Yunokawa Onsen area.
湯の川温泉周围的景色。

JR Vacation’s Tips:

  • Give this a miss, unless you are staying at the Yunokawa spa resort
  • 除非你住在湯の川温泉村,否则可以不要考虑来这里