Noboribetsu Hot Spring
The word "Noboribetsu" is said to come from an Ainu word, meaning: "The muddy river".
Also, the Ainu believed the onsen had healing properties, and the ainu word for hot springs means: "medication".
The first hotel and first road in the area were built around 1875, and from then on the area continued to develop and slowly became the onsen resort as we know it today. There are many hotel and ryokans in the area now.
There are 9 types of hot springs in Noboribetsu, each having unique properties. For example, there are sulfur springs, which are known to help for chronic bronchitis, hardening of the arteries and chronic dermatitis; there is also an iron spring which is known to help for anemia and chronic eczema.
You can access the onsen through different hotels or ryokans, the entry fee varies between ￥850 and ￥2,000; For children, it varies between ￥350-￥750.
New Chitose Airport
-From Sapporo: 1:10 with the express train
-From the New Chitose Airport: Get off at Minami Chitose and transfer to an express train bound for Hakodate
-From Hakodate Airport: 2:25 by express train
-From Noboribetsu station: 15 minutes by bus. Stop N1
-From New Chitose Airport: 1 hour with the direct bus
There are many things to do in the area, such as going to theme parks: there is a place called Jidaimura, where they recreated a historical town; a bear park, where you can learn about brown bears; and a marine park, where you can walk along an underwater tunnel and admire the fish.
There are demon statues, a lake and many mountains to visit, and so much more!
There are also around 2000 cherry blossom trees lined on the road from the Noboribetsu station. This area is nicknamed "the flower tunnel". This area is simply gorgeous and is a must-see attraction in the spring.
There are many different hotels and ryokans (Japanese style hotels) to stay at.
Noboribetsu Onsen Kyo – Takinoya
Each room has a view of the mountain forest and it is simply breathtaking. What is more, from the top-floor open-air bath, you can enjoy the view of the forest. There are many types of baths to choose from.
The hotel offers Western-style rooms as well as Japanese-style rooms.
Noboribetsu is a beautiful place to visit in Hokkaido. There are wonderful onsens with healing properties, lovely hotels, and ryokans to stay at, as well as many activities in the area. If you're looking to have a replenishing vacation, this is definitely the place to go.