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15 Best Things to Do in Noboribetsu (Japan)

Noboribetsu is a town which is also part of the wide Shikotsu-Toya National Park and is one of the prime tourist spots in Hokkaido for domestic tourists. The reason for this is that Noboribetsu is known for its onsen or hot springs and part of the area around the town is called Hell Valley thanks to the bubbling hot waters.

There are some 11 different kinds of springs here that are famous for their high sulfur and iron content and you can relax and unwind in the onsen here which are said to also have healing properties for a range of ailments.

As well as the hot springs you can also enjoy some delicious food here as well as check out other attractions close by like lakes and theme parks. The town is also known for its demon statues so you can have fun tracking these down as you explore.

Here are the 15 best things to do in Noboribetsu

1. Try the ramen

Ramen

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If you want to try one of the signature dishes in Noboribetsu then you need to try the ramen which is also known as ‘jigokudani’ noodles.

The best place to try the ramen is at famous ramen shop Aji no Daio which serves this dish with differing levels of heat and you can choose from 1-10 on the spiciness scale.

Be warned however that the noodles are not for the faint hearted so make sure you start off slowly if you are not used to eating huge amounts of chili.

2. Explore Noboribetsu Park Service Center

Many people visit Noboribetsu Park Service Center when they are on their way into the wider Jigokudani area and you will find a gorgeous wooden house here which also operates as a service center.

This is the place to learn more about this part of Hokkaido and they also have videos about the geology and topography of the region.

They also have a few dioramas of the wildlife that you can expect to see on a hike around Jigokudani and you can also rent hiking equipment from here such as boots for the rainy season.

3. Check out the demon statues

Source: Neography / shutterstock Noboribetsu Statue

Noboribetsu is known for its demonic names like Hell Valley but it is also known for its actual demons.

There are demon statues all over town and you will find some eleven different statues here.

The demons all have different meanings and functions and some of them are used as good luck effigies for marriage, prosperity and even exam luck.

One of the best things to do is go for a walk and see if you can spot them all.

4. Visit Kuttara-ko

One of the best places to take in the views around Noboribetsu is by taking a trip to Kuttara-ko which is a famous lookout point.

To get here you need to travel along a scenic mountain road and once there you will find a gorgeous caldera lake.

If you are looking for a nice day trip outside of Noboribetsu proper then it is a good idea to hire a car and head up to the Kuttara-ko lookout point.

5. Try the onsen

Noboribetsu Onsen

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Many domestic tourists come to Noboribetsu to try out the famed hot springs here.

These are Japanese onsen and you will find hot springs resorts all over the city.

Also of note is Dai-Ichi Takimotokan which is one of the largest spas not just in Japan but in all of Asia.

With that in mind you can come here for the day and try out one of the 29 baths that the facility boasts.

It is also open 24 hours a day which means that you can bathe around the clock if you want to.

6. Shop for souvenirs

Noboribetsu Souvenir Shop

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As you would expect from a town which is known for its demon folklore, the main souvenirs that people shop for here include statues of demons and other demon related memorabilia.

As well as the demon effigies, you can also buy other classic souvenirs such as bath salts as Noboribetsu is primarily a town known for its baths and spas.

These make great gifts to take home and you can soak in your bathe at home and imagine you are back in Hokkaido.

7. Noboribetsu Date Jidai Village

If you want to learn more about the Edo Period in Japan then you need to head to Noboribetsu Date Jidai Village which is a theme park dedicated to this part of the country’s history.

Here you will find a range of attractions such as a live show and you can also walk around the village which has models of Edo houses and feel as if you have stepped back in time.

To really get in the mood you can also dress up in period garb and put on an outfit that makes your look like a samurai or a ninja.

8. Check out the demon festivals

Noboribetsu Hell Festival

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There are a number of festivals here which are an ode to the demon culture in Noboribetsu.

One of these is the Noboribetsu Hell Festival which takes place every August and is it is believed that the doors of Hell open at this time and the King of Hell, names Yamam comes out and brings with him an army of yukijin which are demons.

To scare off the demons the people of Noboribetsu take to the streets and there are colorful parades, firework shows and communal dance competitions.

There is also another festival held from June to August which takes place on the Demon’s Fire Footpath and you can watch as locals set off handheld fireworks to chase away the demons said to lurk here.

9. Visit Noboribetsu Marine Park NIXE

Noboribetsu Marine Park NIXE

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Noboribetsu Marine Park NIXE is a complex that is made up of a model castle as well as a large aquarium.

The castle is said to be modeled on one in Denmark and you can check out the signature attraction here which is called the Crystal Tower and is actually a water tank that towers to a height of 8 meters.

The aquarium is said to house over 20,000 marine creatures and makes up some 400 species including dolphins and sea lions.

As well as the castle and aquarium you will also find an amusement park here which is called NIXEland and this has a number of rides for smaller children as well as a large Ferris wheel.

10. Meet the bears at the Bear Farm

Noboribetsu Bear Farm

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If you want to check out some of the wildlife in Noboribetsu then you can head to the Bear Farm which, as the name suggests, has some 160 bears who live on the property.

One thing visitors may wish to note however is that the enclosures that the bears live in are rather small and you may decide to give this a miss on those grounds.

Despite this the Bear Farm is a very popular attraction in Noboribetsu and visitors can feed the bears and also enjoy a cable car ride over the facility which also lets you take in the amazing panoramas around Noboribetsu.

11. Check out Oyunuma River

Oyunuma River

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Oyunuma River is one of the most famous natural attractions in Noboribetsu as the river is made up of sulfur which bubbles into the water and heats it to 130 degrees.

People come here to check out the amazing colors of the water which is green and grey according to the weather conditions and season and you can check out how the volcanic activity here has caused this amazing natural phenomenon.

A little further along the river there are some places where you can soak your feet in the (cooler) waters although this is subject to change as temperatures fluctuate throughout the year so make sure you check that it is safe to do so first.

12. Learn about Ainu music

Shiraoi Ainu Museum

Source: iceink / shutterstock Shiraoi Ainu Museum

The Ainu are the indigenous community that lives in the northern part of Japan and if you want to know more about them then you can visit the Shiraoi Ainu Museum which is dedicated to telling the story of their traditional instruments, songs and dance rituals.

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This is also an open air museum and you will find models of old Ainu homes which are also located along the pretty shores of Lake Poroto.

As you would expect there are also musical concerts held here throughout the day and this is one of the best places to come if you are a music lover and want to know more about the unique culture in this part of Hokkaido.

13. Try the noodles

Yakisoba

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There is nothing better than trying the local food in Noboribetsu and you one of the dishes that you mustn’t miss on a trip here is Enma Yakisoba which is a kind of a fried noodle dish which takes its name from King Enma which is also called the Demon King.

The Japanese believe that he is the ruler of Hell and the dish is extremely spicy in an ode to its demonic namesake.

The dish uses flat noodles called yakisoba which are different from ramen and which are made with wheat flour that is sourced from Hokkaido and the sauce is a spicy mix of other local ingredients like chili.

14. Take a trip to Lake Toya

Lake Toya, Japan

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If you want to get outside of Noboribetsu for the day then you can head to Lake Toya which is located inside the wider Shikotsu-Toya National Park.

Here you will find the glassy lake which also allows you the chance to go fishing here, or you can also camp in the park.

Located around the lake you will find some traditional Japanese hot springs and you can also take in Mount Usu which is an active volcano that erupted as recently as 2000.

15. Explore Jigoku-dani

Jigoku-dani

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The big draw in Noboribetsu is Jigoku-dani which is the reason that many people come here.

This part of town, just outside the center is known for its rocks that are colored red as well as sulfurous gases which explode from the ground and bubble up in the form of gassy vents.

This part of town is known, rather alarmingly, as Hell Valley in English as it is said to mimic the landscapes of Hell.

There are a number of wooden promenades here that let you walk around in safety and check out all the sights and the clouds of steam and gas that erupt all around you.

18 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN NOBORIBETSU, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN [COMPLETE GUIDE]

Blessed with the sea, mountains, and lakes, the Noboribetsu area is full of unspoiled nature, typical of Hokkaido. While Noboribetsu is most famous for its amazing onsen there is so much to see in this part of Hokkaido. Visit the “Hell Valley”, the beautiful Oyunuma Pond, Sengen Park, the National Ainu Museum and so much more.

We spent 2 nights in Noboribetsu, and we had a really great time. This is one of the highlights during our road trip to Hokkaido, which we highly recommend to visit!

In this post, we listed the best things to see in Noboribetsu, which is one of the best places to visit in Hokkaido.

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Noboribetsu is located within the gigantic Shikotsu-Toya National Park. This is one of the most visited places in Hokkaido, and we understand why!

Noboribetsu is located near Lake Toya about 1.5 hours by car from Sapporo and 1.5 hours from the legendary ski resort of Niseko.

Some beautiful impressions of Noboribetsu:

Hell Valley in Noboribetsu

Hell Valley in Noboribetsu

Hell Valley in Noboribetsu

The Hell Valley, is THE highlight of a visit to Noboribetsu. We were in complete awe when we saw it for the first time.

The Hell Valley is a dramatic crater with a diameter of about 450m and an area of ​​about 11 hectares, created by the eruption of the active volcano Mt. Hiyori. Here you can walk through the crater in what looks like hell indeed! There is boiling water all around, smoke coming out of the soil a terrible smell of sulfur. It feels like the end of the world.

This drama, is what makes Noboribetsu so unique and one of the best things to see in Hokkaido. We’ve never seen anything like this before.

Besides we went there during autumn at the peak of the foliage. The Hell Valley was surrounded by an explosion of colors, it was unreal!

To top it of, there was a dear walking by himself in the middle of the valley. It was like a dream! (see 2nd photo above)

The good part, is that you can visit this amazing place for FREE! Yes for free! From the small town of Noboribetsu you can walk about 5min to reach the entrance of the valley. It’s that easy! So make sure to check it out.

Also, make sure you walk all the way to Tessen Pond, there you can see a geyser and it’s a great viewpoint of Hell Valley

Location: here

2. CONTINUE YOUR WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY UNTIL YOU REACH OYUNUMA POND

OYUNUMA POND IN NOBORIBETSU

OYUNUMA POND IN NOBORIBETSU

Oyunuma pond was created by the eruption of Mt. Hiyori, which is different from Jigokudani. The surface temperature is about 40 to 50 degrees Celsius, giving it a gray-black color, but at the bottom of the swamp, a sulfur spring with a temperature of about 130 degrees erupts.

The smell of sulfur fills the vicinity of Oyunuma Pond, and the steam rising from it is like a cauldron in hell. You can easily access Oyunuma pond by walking 20min from the Hell Valley. The trail is well indicated from the Hell Valley.

From there you will see Mt. Hiyori, it is said that if there is a lot of smoke coming out of Mt. Hiyori the weather will turn bad. So lookout for the smoke

Oyunuma pond is one of the best things to see in Noboribetsu!

Location: here

Admission: Free

3. NEXT VISIT OYUNUMA RIVER FOR ITS NATURAL FOOTBATH

River in Noboribetsu

If you already reached Oyunuma pond on foot, then continue your visit to next best thing to see in Noboribetsu: Oyunuma river natural footbath.

From Oyunuma pond walk around the pond on the main the road. After a few hundred meters, turn on your right you will see a small trail leading to Oyunuma river. It is well indicated, you can’t really miss it.

Walk for about 20min along the river and you will reach the natural footbath. Here people come to enjoy a free onsen. Just remember to bring your own towel, as you can’t buy any there.

The water comes directly from Oyunuma pond, so it’s still very hot, and it feels amazing!

Location: here

4. HEAD BACK TO TOWN AND VISIT SENGEN PARK

Best things to see in Noboribetsu

After taking a relaxing footbath, dry your feet and head back to town. Simply continue your walk along the river and you will reach back the heart of Noboribetsu Onsen. It’s a great tour, as you can start from the Hell Valley and go through Oyunuma pond and Oyunuma river. You don’t have to walk back the same way.

Located in the center of Noboribetsu Onsen town, Sengen park is a geyser which erupts vigorously with a powerful sound about every three hours. Sometimes the steam rises to a height of about 8m. It is truly exciting. Monuments of demons are set up in the park, and they are said to bring good health and financial luck.

The geyser that erupts with great force every 3 hours is simply spectacular! This is one of the best things to see in Noboribetsu.

Location: here

5. NEAR SENGEN VISIT YUZAWA SHRINE

YUZAWA SHRINE in NOBORIBETSU

Yuzawa, is a beautiful shrine, located in a peaceful hill right next to Sengen Park. Cross the big red Torii gate and climb the few stairs to reach the shrine.

Yuzawa shrine is surrounded by nature. As we visited Noboribetsu in autumn the scenery was fabulous and so relaxing. It doesn’t take too long to visit the shrine, so we recommend to make a quick stop to check it out.

Location: here

6. VISIT ENMADO SHRINE ON THE MAIN SHOPPING STREET OF NOBORIBETSU

ENMADO SHRINE ON THE MAIN SHOPPING STREET OF NOBORIBETSU

This is a hall where Enma Daio, the master of demons, is enshrined.

Enma of Noboribetsu Onsen appeared in 1993 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the “Noboribetsu Hell Festival”. This facility is located on Gokuraku-dori Shopping Street, the main street of Noboribetsu Onsen.

Normally, Enma sits with a calm expression, but it is completely different only during the “Hell’s Judgment” six times a day. His face turns bright red and he judges the evil deeds of humans.

Location: here

7. YOU MUST BE HUNGRY BY NOW, CHECK OUT SOME OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN NOBORIBETSU

BEST RESTAURANTS IN NOBORIBETSU

There aren’t many restaurants outside the hotels in Noboribetsu. But there are a few great choices in Gokuraku-dori Shopping Street.

Onsen Ichiba is one of them, serving one of the best kaisendon, a must-eat dish in Hokkaido. There is also a very good ramen place, but only open in the evening. This is Isekura.They are famous for their milky ramen and charcoal barbecue.

If you are a bit tired of Japanese food, why not having a really good pizza at PIZZERIA ASTRA. They serve really good pizza, great beer and the best coffee in town!

8. NEXT, TAKE A CABLE CAR TO VISIT THE BEAR FARM

Bear Farm in Lake Toya

Visiting the bear farm is one of the most popular activity in Noboribetsu. Here you can see around 100 brown bears. You can see the bears full of individuality up close, and the glass-enclosed facility where humans can enter cages and observe bears is particularly impressive.

You will have to take a cable car from the center of Noboribetsu to visit the bear farm.

Now, if you want our opinion, don’t go. Indeed, it feels really sad to see the bears in concrete cages. And it seems a bit overpopulated as well. For the sake of the animal, we wouldn’t recommend going.

However, we also understand that it is exciting to see huge bears from so close. Especially if you have kids. So we leave this decision up to you, this is simply our opinion.

Location of the cable car station to access the bear farm: here

Website: here

9. ENJOY A RELAXING ONSEN

One of the best things to do in Noboribetsu, is to relax in one of the many Japanese Ryokan in town and enjoy their private onsen looking out the beautiful nature of Hokkaido.

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One of the best onsen is located at Dai-ichi Takimotokan hotel. Indeed, the onsen is directly facing Hell Valley. What a view while relaxing inside the onsen (see photo above). You can check it out here.

10. SHOP AT DAIKOKUYA FOLK ART SHOP

DAIKOKUYA FOLK ART SHOP

If you want to buy souvenirs or local products, then head to Daikokuya on the main street. You will find a wide variety of local souvenirs and local product to choose from.

This is one of the best shops in Noboribetsu.

Location: here

11. VISIT LAKE KUTTARA

Lake Kuttara

Drive a few minutes from Noboribetsu through a beautiful road and you will arrive at the stunning Lake Kuttara.

Lake Kuttara is known as the roundest lake in Japan. It is a caldera lake with a circumference of about 8 km. Kuttara also boasts one of the highest levels of water transparency in Japan.

The colors of the mountains, where the vegetation of relatively primitive Hokkaido remains, and the blue of the lake create a beautiful contrast, creating a mystical atmosphere.

On sunny days, the sky, clouds, and mountains can be reflected in fine detail like a mirror.

There are 2 main observatory to see Lake Kuttara, the first one higher up located here, and the 2nd one by the lake here.

12. LEARN MORE ABOUT NINJA AT NOBORIBETSU DATE JIDAI VILLAGE

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Noboribetsu Date Jidai Village is a fun culture park which brings you back to the Edo period. The whole area looks like a traditional Japanese town.

The main attraction though, is the Ninja show. You can also visit a Ninja house full of tricks. There are other shows around the park not to be missed, such as historical drama comedy, a slightly scary maze and other fun activities. You can also visit old samourai homes and enjoy delicious traditional food.

This is one of best things to see in Noboribetsu, especially if you travel with kids.

Location: here

Website: here

Admission fee: 2,900 yen for adults and 1,600 yen for children.

13. HAVE FUN AT NOBORIBETSU AQUARIUM NIXE

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The aquarium is located about 15 minutes by car from Noboribetsu Onsen town.

The premises have a Scandinavian atmosphere, centering on Nixe Castle, which was modelled after the beautiful water castle “Eesko Castle” that actually exists in Denmark.

The entire Nixe Castle is an aquarium. The dolphin show and sea lion show are especially popular with children. The most popular item at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe is actually the sardine exhibit. 10,000 sardines are bred in the aquarium named “Galaxy Tank”.

Another highlight is the two aqua tunnels that reproduce cold and warm currents. You will feel as if you are walking under the sea with many fish swimming around you.

Location: here

Website: here

Admission fee: 2,800 yen for adults and 1,400 yen for children.

14. LEARN ABOUT THE AINU AT THE AINU MUSEUM, OUR FAVORITE MUSEUM IN HOKKAIDO

Ainu Museum in Hokkaido, Noboribetsu

Ainu Museum in Hokkaido, Noboribetsu

If you have to visit 1 museum in Hokkaido, then choose this one. The Ainu museum.

What is the Ainu?

The first residents of Hokkaido are actually called the Ainu. Indeed, Hokkaido wasn’t a part of Japan until fairly recently in the history. The Ainu would actually be Siberians looking for a less hostile place to settle. They are physically very different from the Japanese, with characteristics that are closer to the Mongols (darker skin, more European eyes and curly hair; it is even said that some Ainu had blue eyes).

The Ainu way of life was then based on a harmony with nature: a population composed of hunters, fishermen and horticulturists. A final category would have developed over time: merchants, who traded with other peoples. This way of life would have lasted until about the seventh century.

What to see at the Ainu museum?

The indoor-outdoor museum boasts a huge area of ​​about 10 hectares. It contains a beautiful museum, a theater, traditional Ainu houses, and many shows are organized throughout the day. Here you will learn a lot about the Ainu, their culture, tradition and history.

The museum is located in a gorgeous park, with a massive lake and the mountains surrounding it.

This is Hokkaido’s first national museum! We thoroughly enjoyed this visit and watched multiple Ainu shows. We highly recommend a visit to this museum.

Location: here

Website: here

Admission fee: 1,200 yen for adults and 600 yen for children.

15. TRY THE LOCAL BEER AT WAKASAIMO HONPO

Local Beet from Noboribetsu

Before leaving Noboribetsu, make sure you taste the local craft beer at Wakasaimo Honpo.

Craft beer made by Wakasaimo is famous all around Hokkaido. There you can sample the Noboribetsu’s local beer Oni Densetsu. You can taste “Today’s local beer” for free.

On the 2nd floor there is also a very good restaurant where you can compare three kinds of freshly brewed local beer at a reasonable price, so be sure to try it once.

Location: here

16. DRIVE THROUGH OROFURE PASS

On the road from Jozankei to Otaru

Orofure Pass is located at a very high altitude of about 930 meters above sea level, is known as a scenic route when enjoying a drive between Noboribetsu and Lake Toya.

It is famous as a scenic spot where you can see the majestic scenery of Mt. Yotei, Funka Bay (Uchiura Bay), and Lake Toya while being surrounded by a deep forest.

The area around Orofure Pass is very cold in the mornings and evenings, so the autumn leaves change colors earlier. The color starts to change from the end of September every year, and the peak is from early October to mid-October.

17. VISIT LAKE TOYA

View of Lake Toya from the observation deck

Best things to see in Lake Toya, Hokkaido

Lake Toya is located within the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. This large caldera lake is blessed by nature. Volcanoes, waterfalls, forest, onsen (hot spring), there is so much to see and do in Lake Toya for nature lovers.

We spent quite a lot of time exploring the areas around lake Toya and wrote a full post here: 12 BEST THINGS TO SEE IN LAKE TOYA.

You can ride horse in the forest, take a boat trip to one of the islands in the middle of the lake, enjoy a free footbath around town, see a wonderful waterfall or even enjoy a helicopter ride on top of the lake and around Mount Usu, one of the most stunning volcanoes in Hokkaido.

18. SPOT ALL THE DEMON STATUES AROUND NOBORIBETSU

Demon statue in Noboribetsu

Demon statue in Noboribetsu

In Noboribetsu you will see Demon statues all around town. They are actually 11 of them!

The Demons have different meaning and functions. Some are used for good luck, some for marriage, good study, prosperity etc.

Try to spot them all while walking around town. Disclosure: we only saw 7 or 8 of them. We’ll need to go again to find out about the 3 others!

HOW TO GET TO NOBORIBETSU?

Driving in Hokkaido

By Train from Sapporo:

You can reach Noboribetsu by train from Sapporo. There are multiple options, but count around 2h to get there.

The best way to travel in Japan is by using their extensive railway infrastructure. Don’t forget to buy your Japan Rail Pass, which is the cheapest option to travel by train in Japan. You can purchase your pass at a discounted price here. If you are only traveling in Hokkaido, then you can buy the Hokkaido JR pass only, check it out here.

By Car:

If you decide to rent a car in Hokkaido, then you can easily get to Noboribetsu from Sapporo. It takes 1.5 hours to get there.

If you decide to rent a car in Hokkaido, we recommend Nippon-Rent-A-Car, or Toyota-Rent-A-Car. They have many agencies around Hokkaido and their website/information are all provided in English.

You can also hire a chauffeur with a van. This is a great option if you are a group of people and don’t want to bother driving in Hokkaido. For more info about hiring a chauffeur, click here.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT NOBORIBETSU?

BEST TIME TO VISIT NOBORIBETSU

Noboribetsu can be visited all year round. However the best seasons would be Autumn for the magnificent colors and winter to see all the snow.

BEST HOTELS IN NOBORIBETSU

We highly recommend staying in a hotel with onsen facility to fully enjoy Noboribetsu. Here is a list of our favorite hotels in Noboribetsu.

1, DAI-ICHI TAKIMOTOKAN HOTEL

Best hotel in Noboribetsu

This is one of our favorite hotels in Noboribetsu. The view from their onsen is spectacular, directly facing the Hell Valley. The room rates usually includes breakfast and dinner, which is super convenient.

2. NOBORIBETSU GRAND HOTEL

Another great hotel in Noboribetsu is the Grand Hotel. Here it’s all about the onsen. They have many different options with really big places. You can also book a private onsen.

3. HOTEL MAHOROBA

If you like outdoor onsen, Hotel Mahoroba has one of the most beautiful ones in the area. Here 30 different onsen are available. And Breakfast + dinner will be included in your room rate.

IN CONCLUSION: IS NOBORIBETSU ONSEN TOWN WORHT IT?

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Best things to do in Noboribetsu

Best things to do in Noboribetsu

Best things to do in Noboribetsu

Without a doubt, our answer is a huge YES! What we love the most in Noboribetsu is the hell valley. The landscape is so unique, nothing quite like it in the rest of the world!

And then you get to relax in beautiful onsen, where everything is provided by the hotel, included buffet for breakfast and dinner. It’s a great way to relax and connect with the nature of Hokkaido.

We recommend to stay 1 or 2 nights to fully enjoy Noboribetsu and visit the surroundings including the wonderful and instructive Ainu Museum.

We hope that you found this post useful. If you have any questions, feel free to write a comment below.

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Hot Spring Baths ••

Noboribetsu is Hokkaido’s most famous hot spring resort, offering as many as eleven different kinds of thermal waters, that are considered among Japan’s best and most effective.

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The resort town consists of numerous (mostly large sized) ryokan and hotels with hot spring baths. Several of them open their baths during daytime to non-staying guests for typically 700 to 2000 yen. In addition, there is one public bath house located in the center of town.

Below is a list of some of Noboribetsu’s baths, all of which are gender separated:

Daiichi Takimotokan •••

Daytime Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (entry until 18:00)
Daytime Admission: 2250 yen (1700 yen after 16:00)
Overnight Stay: From 11,000 yen per person including 2 meals

The bright and spacious baths of the Takimotokan are among Japan’s best modern indoor hot spring baths, if not the best. What sets them apart from the rest is not only the number of pools but also the fact that they are fed by as many as five different hot spring sources with water varying in acidity, mineral contents and health benefits.

Noboribetsu Grand Hotel •

Daytime Hours: 12:30 to 20:00 (from 14:30 on Mon&Thu, entry until 19:30)
Daytime Admission: 1500 yen
Overnight Stay: From 10.000 yen per person including 2 meals

This hotel’s attractive and spacious indoor baths feature three different types of hot spring water (sulfur, salt and iron). The main attraction, however, is the outdoor bath that looks onto a beautiful garden with a man made waterfall.

Hotel Yumoto Noboribetsu •

Daytime Hours: 13:00 to 20:00 (entry until 19:00)
Daytime Admission: 1200 yen
Overnight Stay: From 9,500 yen per person including 2 meals

As many as four different types of hot spring water can be enjoyed in the somewhat darkish indoor baths of this large ryokan. But unless you overnight here, there are few reasons to select its baths over the Takimotokan’s. Apart from the conventional pools there is a sauna, lying baths, waterfalls and a small outdoor bath without views.

Noboribetsu Sekisuitei •

Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (entry until 18:00)
Daytime Admission: 900 yen
Overnight Stay: From 9,000 yen per person including 2 meals

Daytime visitors to this large ryokan get access to two baths that are located in two different towers of the complex. The baths offer only one type of water, but are very spacious and attractive with views onto the forested mountain slope. Besides conventional pools there are saunas, jacuzzis and large pot shaped baths.

Sagiriyu Public Bath

The Sagiriyu is the only public bath house in central Noboribetsu Onsen. All its baths are indoor and much smaller than the baths in the above listed ryokan. Nevertheless, they are bright and attractive and seem to be popular among the locals. The baths feature two types of water in three pools, as well as a sauna.

Noboribetsu Manseikaku

Daytime Hours: 13:30 to 20:00 (entry until 18:00)
Daytime Admission: 1100 yen
Overnight Stay: From 9,500 yen per person including 2 meals

This large ryokan complex comes with large, but somewhat dark and aged indoor and outdoor baths. Besides the conventional baths, that feature one type of hot spring water, there is a jacuzzi and a sauna.

Kashotei Hanaya

Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (entry until 18:00)
Daytime Admission: 1000 yen
Overnight Stay: From 16,000 yen per person including 2 meals

This ryokan at the entrance to the hot spring town is considerably smaller than the above listed complexes. And so are its baths, which feature one small indoor and outdoor pool without views and one type of sulfuric water.

Getting there and around

Noboribetsu’s hot spring town is a 15 minute bus ride from JR Noboribetsu Station (350 yen one way, 1-2 buses per hour). The hot spring town itself is small and walkable.

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Hotels around Noboribetsu

Boasting various hot spring baths, hot tubs and an indoor swimming pool, Daiichi Takimotokan is historic accommodation with Japanese-style guest rooms. Entertainment facilities like karaoke rooms and game centres are on site. Free WiFi is available in the public area. With a relaxing ambiance, each room is fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. Guest rooms are located in 4 separate buildings on site based on room type. Facilities like flat-screen TV and fridge are provided. Guests can unwind in a yukata robe with a cup of tea and seating cushions. The Takimotokan features relaxation rooms next to the large spa and swimming pool area, and rejuvenating treatments are on offer at the on-site massage salon. Free luggage storage services are provided. The property is a 5-minute walk from Jigokudani hot springs, and a 12-minute drive from Lake Kuttara. There is a bus stop right in front of the property, which is a 15-minute bus ride from JR Noboribetsu Station. Guests can enjoy a lavish buffet or traditional Japanese multi-course meals for dinner, depending on the room. Some plans let the guests savour the delicious course meals in the privacy of the guest room.

Takinoya Bekkan Tamanoyu provides rooms with free WiFi in Noboribetsu, situated conveniently an 8-minute walk from Noboribetsu Jigokudani. The property is around 1.3 km from Noboribetsu Bear Park, 3.5 km from Noboribetsu Date Historic Village and 100 metres from Noboribetsu Onsen. The ryokan offers a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. At the ryokan, each room includes a wardrobe. All rooms come with a shared bathroom with a hair dryer. At Takinoya Bekkan Tamanoyu, all rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. An Asian breakfast is served every morning at the property. Dinner features traditional Japanese kaiseki (multi-course) meal. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 55 km from the accommodation.

Noboribetsu Grand Hotel offers accommodations with indoor/outdoor public hot-spring baths and free WiFi at the lobby. Guests can refresh in the sauna rooms and request relaxing massages for an extra cost. JR Noboribetsu Train Station is a 15-minute drive away. Noboribetsu Bus Station is a minute’s walk away from the hotel. Guests can choose to stay in rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding or in rooms with carpeted floors and Western beds. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. The en suite bathroom features a bath tub and free toiletries. Japanese Yukata robes, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags are included as well. Guests can sing their favourite tunes at the karaoke rooms or purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop. A coin-launderette is on-site and a game room can be enjoyed as well. Free parking is available. The hotel offers a breakfast buffet consisting of healthy Japanese and Western dishes. Dishes prepared with fresh local seasonal ingredients, including tempura and seafood are served at the dinner buffet. There is a caf? and a bar on-site as well. Hotel Grand Noboribetsu is a 10-minute walk from Jigokudani Valley and Noboribetsu Bear Farm. Noboribetsu Date Historic Village is a 10-minute drive away. A shuttle from JR Sapporo Train Station can be arranged upon prior request, for an extra cost.

Located in Noboribetsu, 19 km from Higashi-muroran Station, Noboribetsu Guest House AKA & AO provides accommodation with a bar, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation offers a tour desk and luggage storage space for guests. All units are equipped with a microwave, fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. The units at the hostel come with a safety deposit box and a shared bathroom. The area is popular for skiing, and bike hire is available at Noboribetsu Guest House AKA & AO. Muroran is 25 km from the accommodation, while Noboribetsu Jigokudani is 7.7 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 71 km from Noboribetsu Guest House AKA & AO.

Situated in Noboribetsu, Hotel Mahoroba boasts an on-site public hot spring facility which features over 30 different baths and spas. Guests will find free private parking on site and free WiFi access in common areas. The hotel is a 15-minute bus ride from JR Noboribetsu Station. Some rooms at this hotel feature an open-air bath. Guest rooms are air-conditioned, and are equipped with a TV, an electric kettle, a green tea set and refrigerator. You will also find an air purifier/humidifier and yukata robes provided in the room. Rooms feature an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower. Free toiletries, slippers, hairdryers and toothbrush sets are provided. The hotel features a karaoke facility in the basement floor and a convenience store on the ground floor. Massage and relaxation services are available at an additional charge, while drink vending machines can be found on site. Restaurant Liberty offers a variety of Japanese, Western and Chinese dishes, while Green Terrace boasts fresh seasonal vegetables. Traditional Japanese kaiseki multi-course meals are also offered at this hotel. Noboribetsu Jigokudani is 700 metres from Hotel Mahoroba, while Noboribetsu Bear Park is 1.4 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 54 km from the property.

Just a 15-minute walk from Hokkaido�fs Jigokudani Valley, Noboribetsu Manseikaku features an indoor pool, hot-spring baths and Japanese and buffet restaurants. Rooms have a tea maker and private bathroom. Guests at Noboribetsu Manseikaku Hotel can experience a Japanese-style room with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon beds, or stay in a Western-style room. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with a fridge and bathtub. The hotel is a 1-minute walk from Noboribetsu Onsen Bus Terminal, which is a 15-minute bus ride from JR Noboribetsu Train Station. Noboribetsu Kuma-Bokujo (Bear Park) and Noboribetsu Marine Park are both 7 km away. A 90-minute shuttle bus to Sapporo is offered by the property. Relaxation options include a sauna, hot tub and massage services.

Featuring free WiFi, Guest House Oniya offers accommodation in Noboribetsu, a minute’s walk from Noboribetsu Station. Private parking is available on site. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room has a shared bathroom. You will find luggage storage space at the property. Noboribetsu Onsen is 6 km from Guest House Oniya, while Noboribetsu Date Historic Village is 2.1 km away. New Chitose Airport is 55 km from the property.

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