Noboribetsu Onsen:Noboribetsu Primeval Forest and Oyunuma River natural footbath
Hokkaido boasts over 250 onsen. Within this veritable onsen island, one spot in particular stands out above the rest. With 9 different types of natural springs, Noboribetsu Onsen is a rare treasure even within a country that boasts about its hot springs. Try a dip in the outside bath to feel immersed in the majestic Hokkaido greenery, or dip your weary feet in a flowing hot water stream and feel as your exhaustion leave you and flow down the river.
Take a walk through Noboribetsu’s Primeval Forest, then soak your feet in the natural hot spring water of Oyunuma River. Ah―so good!
Noboribetsu Primeval Forest, designated as a Natural Monument due to its veritable treasure trove of vegetation, is the perfect place for trekking, particularly Spring and Autumn seasons when the foliage is at its most spectacular.
As you follow the trail you will come across the beautifully rustic Oyunuma River Natural Footbath, where warm onsen water flows though the river to create a genuine natural footbath. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere of the forest as you immerse your feet in water which has been warmed by nature.
Dipping your feet in the warm river is the perfect wat to recover after a long walk!
Mysteries in the Valley of Illusion
From Within the Darkness, Experience an Ethereal Netherworld
When you talk about onsen in Hokkaido, Noboribetsu is the first place that comes to mind. Noboribetsu’s sulphuric and volcanic Hell Valley is always worth a visit during the day time. But in the evenings, the area turns into a strange netherworld faintly lit by the glows of sprites and will-‘o-wisps. Take a night stroll in this mysterious volcanic realm of ethereal light.
■Date Every day
■Place Noboribetsu Hot Spring Hell Valley Trail
■AccessApprox. 110 minutes by bus from Sapporo Bus Terminalous volcanic realm of ethereal light.