Origin of Yunokawa Hot Spring in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan

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Dec 9, 2009 17:37
Hot spring that cured the lord of Matsumae

In 1653, 9th lord of Matsumae clan, Takahiro(childhood name: Chikatsumaru) fell serious sick and there were no treatment nor medicine that cured the young lord. His illness got worse and worse day by day. One day, his mother, Seiryoin received a divine prophecy in her dream. It said, "If you go to the hot spring located in the east of the Matsumae castle, any illness will be cured. " The hot spring in the dream was Yunokawa hot spring. She ordered her followers to take her son to the hot spring and soon he recovered from his illness fully. The following year, the Matsumae clan reconstructed Yakushido temple in gratitude and dedicated a round bell called waniguchi. This is said to be the origin of Yunokawa hot spring.

You can see the original Japanese in the following web site.
http://hakodate-yunokawa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=53