Noboribetsu Hot Springs, Hokkaido
“Noboribetsu Hot Springs” is one of the best spas in Hokkaido, which has been loved by citizens since the Edo era. Besides enjoying hot spring bathing, there are also many sightseeing spots, such as “Jigokudani” (Hell Valley) where water vapor and volcanic gas spew from the ground. Since the establishment of a hot-spring resort in the Meiji era, it became one of Hokkaido’s premier recreation areas and sightseeing areas. The place name “Noboribetsu” seems to have originated from the word “Nupuru betsu” meaning “a dark river” in Ainu language. It seems to be a place name expressing a light blue river that the ingredient of the hot spring have flowed in.
Jigokudani located in the northeast of Noboribetsu Hot Spring Town is a explosion crater site made by explosion of Mt. Kasayama, which was nearly 10,000 years ago. There are fumaroles and spill holes, and various kinds of hot springs are discharged at 3000 liters per minute, and about three quarters of hot water of Noboribetsu Hot springs up. Once you step into Jigokudani, boiling hot water, water vapor and volcanic gas will blow out, and there is a smell of sulfur around here. Jigokudani was also selected as a Hokkaido heritage in 2004.
Natural spillage throughout the area is 10,000 tons per day, source temperature is high from 45 to 90 degrees. And nine kinds of rich sources are attractive, unusually worldwide, it is called “the department store of a hot spring”. Even now that it became a famous hot spring resort, most of the inns are sourced from the fresh hot spring water, and it is an ideal hot spring resort that keeps the goodness of the hot water. It is only here in Japan that there are so many different kinds of hot springs in this single hot spring area.
There are demons monuments around here around Jigokudani. This comes from the fact that the boiling landscape of Jigokudani was rumored to people “hell that demon lives” long ago.
As mentioned above, it is a place name expressing the ingredients of hot springs flowing into the river. From this name, as the color of the river changes, the appearance that hot springs have rushed out abundantly since long ago is transmitted. In addition, the river which flows in the hot spring town called “Kusuri Sanpetsu” (meaning of the river of medicated hot water going through beach) is also Ainu language. In Ainu language “Kusuri” is about hot springs. People of the Ainu have been said to have been useful as a chemical hot spring from ancient times.
|Name:||Noboribetsu Hot Springs|
|Address:||Noboribetsuonsencho Noboribetsu, Hokkaido 059-0551 Japan|
|Access:||JR Muroran-honsen Line “Noboribetsu-eki Station” (15 minutes by bus)|
|Tel:||(+81) 143-84-3311 (Noboribetsu International Tourism and Convention Association)|
|Price/Charge:||The price of the Day Trip hot spring is from 410 yen to 2000 yen.
Please refer the official web page.