Noboribetsu Onsen: feel the earth’s power at Hokkaido’s premier hot spring area
Noboribetsu is a coastal city in southwestern Hokkaido. About 6km from the city, Noboribetsu Onsen sits in the mountains among the remains of a volcanic crater site called Noboribetsu Jigokudani, where steaming hot springs continue to rise in a palpable display of volcanic power.
Noboribetsu Onsen is also called the “hot spring department store” because of its selection of nine kinds of spring including milky white sulfur springs, colorless and clear saline springs, or reddish-brown iron springs, each with different effects. Enjoy finding the one that suits you best.
Many Ainu people live around the area, and the name “Noboribetsu” comes from the Ainu word “Nupurpet” meaning “white muddy river/dark river,” indicating that the hot springs were so abundant the color of the river water changed.
Today, there are many hot spring inns and hotels, some offering various types of spring water under the same roof. Some inns and public sento baths are also available for day trip bathing, ideal for enjoying the abundance of spring quality.
The abundant nature of Noboribetsu offers pleasures in each season. In addition, the Noboribetsu Bear Park is home to many brown bears from Hokkaido and is a great place to learn about the ecology and environment of their natural habitat.
Oyunuma Pond is one of the remains of the volcanic craters. Sulfur springs, the temperature of which is as high as about 40-50 degrees Celsius even at the surface, fiercely gush out from the pond’s bottom. You can enjoy a natural footbath in a river where the hot water from Oyunuma flows.
A trail to Noboribetsu Jigokudani and its observatory are called “Onibi no Michi” (trail with floating fireballs), which at night creates a fantastic atmosphere different from daytime.
As a sightseeing spot Noboribetsu Jigokudani’s theme is “Oni,” or ogres who live in “Jigoku” (hell). There are many oni statues and objects of metal rods that an oni holds.
The lush nature of Noboribetsu offers pleasures in each season, such as spring cherry blossoms, fresh summer foliage, autumn leaves, and winter skiing. In addition, the Noboribetsu Bear Park houses many brown bears from Hokkaido and is a great place to learn about these animals, the ecology of their natural habitat, and to see the adorable side of these of feared creatures.
Haneda Airport -> 90 min by air -> New Chitose Airport -> 60 min by expresway bus -> Noboribetsu Onsen
Noboribetsu International Tourism and Convention Association
*The information herein is as of April 2021.
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