Ease into a pool and wash away your pains. The hot springs of Noboribetsu are famous, not only for their bounty, but also their variety. Natural spring waters flow down from Hell Valley, resulting in naturally created baths. The area has been used as a Japanese health resort for over 150 years. You can benefit from the cleansing effects too by trying out one of the nine types of water.
The area is most easily accessed by bus or car.
From the center of Noboribetsu, head over the hill by bus or car to the onsen hot spring (15-20 minutes). Parking is available at the hot springs hotels, or in smaller public parking lots. Noboribetsu is 90 minutes to two hours by train from Sapporo.
The Noboribetsu hot springs are considered to be among the top 10 in the country
Many hotels have day-use bathing hours for visiting guests, allowing for numerous baths to choose from
The waters of the area not only bubble up hot, but also full of a number of minerals renowned for their healing properties. Milky white sulphur-infused waters, or baths filled with slightly acidic or alkali waters soften and refresh the skin. Other salt and metal-rich pools have varying health benefits, which are often proudly listed near the tub in question. As a result, spending a day in the baths can be not only relaxing but also revitalizing.
Before or after your bath take a walk around the shops in town, or further out into the nature-rich neighborhood. See where demons are rumored to boil the waters in “Jigoku-dani” (quite literally, Hell Valley). Hike through trees that enjoy the warmed earth in the unique primeval forest. Look across to the clear waters of Lake Kuttara. If you'd like extend your stay, you can book a night at one of the many local hotels and ryokan.