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Noboribetsu Onsen Travel | Things to Do

Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) is one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts bustling with international tourists. About 10,000 tons of mineral water gushing out every day from a volcanic valley and a muddy pond. The valleyside onsen town is small and walkable.


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01 HIKING & VOLCANIC LANDSCAPES

Hiking Trails Around Jigoku-dani (Hell Valley)

Meaning the ‘hell valley’, Jikoku-dani (地獄谷) is the highlight of Noboribetsu where spewing out sulfurous gases and mineral water from the 10-hectare old explosion crater.

From here, a number of nature trails (Closed in winter) lead to Oyu-numa (大湯沼) gray hot water pond at the foot of an active volcano Hiyori-yama (日和山).

The riverside trail connects with the brook natural foot bath of Oyunuma-gawa Tennen Ashi-yu (大湯沼川天然足湯: 24hrs / FREE) open throughout the year.


02 ONSEN EXPERIENCE

Yumoto Sagiri-yu

夢元さぎり湯 / 60 Noboribetsu Onsen-cho / 7am-9pm / ¥420 / sagiriyu-noboribetsu.com

Noboribetsu’s only but excellent public bath runs by the hot water supply company on the ground floorl. Bring your towel and soap (available rentals).


03 ONSEN EXPERIENCE

Daiichi Takimotokan

第一滝本館 / Day bathing 9am-9pm (reception closed by 6pm) / ¥2000, after 4pm ¥1500 / www.takimotokan.co.jp

This long-running hotel has a variety of large indoor and open-air baths plus seven different kinds of hot water. The main bathroom offers an impressive Jigoku-dani view.


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Getting There

Buses run to Noboribetsu Onsen terminal from JR Noboribetsu Station (14min / one-way ¥350 / return ¥640) and some services continue to Ashi-yu iriguchi (足湯入口) at the hotel Sekisuitei (stopping at the main hotels and Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura).
There is a Donan Bus Onsen-go from Sapporo Station departing at 2pm for Ashi-yu iriguchi via Noboribetsu Onsen Terminal. Highway buses also run to Ashi-yu iriguchi from New Chitose Airport (3 daily / 1hr) and Toyako Onsen Terminal (2 daily / 1hr).


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