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Noboribetsu hot spring

Noboribetsu hot springNoboribetsu hot spring ("Noboribetsu onsen" in Japanese) is one of popular hot spring in Japan.
It is located about 25 km southeast of Lake Toya and about 40 km southwest of Lake Shikotsu, and the hot springs resort area is along a river in the bottom of the valley.
The water of hot spring contains various ingredients. It is said that such hot spring is unique in the world.
There are more than a dozen hotels and ryokans in this area.

There are some sightseeing spots around here.

Jigokudani is a valley where hot spring, vapor or volcanic gas are spewing, and is located on the northeastern fringe of the town.
The hot water is used as the bathwater of each hotel.
Jigokudani means "valley of hell" in Japanese, and surely this valley looks like a hell.

Ooyunuma is a explosion crater filled with hot water, and is located 0.6 km north of Jigokudani.
It is a muddy pond about 1 km in circuit, and is 22 meters deep.
The surface temperature is 40 to 50 degrees C, but the temperature is 130 C degrees in the depth of the pond.

Bear Park is a zoo of brown bares, and is located 1.5 km east of the town and on the top of mountain.
We can go up to there by a ropeway.
There are more than 100 brown bears here, and we can enjoy some attractions with bears.
Additionally there are two museums concerning bears and Ainu.
We have a view of Lake Kuttara which is located eastern side of the mountain.

How to get to here

By express bus

About 1 hour and 40 minutes from JR Sapporo station.
About 1 hour from Shin-Chitose Airport

By railroad and route bus

By limited express to JR Noboribetsu station, about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Sapporo, about 2 hour and 15 minutes from Hakodate.
Then by route bus, about 15 minutes from JR Noboribetsu station.

By car

On the Hokkaido expressway, about 99 km from Sapporo to Noboribetsu-Higashi Exit. It takes about 1 hour.
Then about 6 km to Noboribetsu hot spring.

Noboribetsu hot spring resort
Photo by Noboribetsu Tourist Association
Photo by DO PHOTO
Photo by DO PHOTO
Bear Park
Photo by Noboribetsu Tourist Association

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