An onsen with plentiful hot springs, located in the middle of Hokkaido’s vast nature
Noboribetsu Onsen is a cosy onsen town in walking distance of such picturesque spots as Jigokudani and Oyunuma. With 14 hotels and ryokans, there isn’t a huge amount of accommodation, but it is a famous onsen that draws as many as one million visitors each year.
At Noboribetsu Onsen, as much as 10,000 tonnes of water comes gushing forth at high temperatures between 45 - 90°C every day, not only from Jigokudani, but also from many other wellsprings.
Also, Noboribetsu City is a fishing town, which means you can enjoy fresh seafood as well as the onsen.
The “Noboribetsu Onsen Sengen Park” can be found on Noboribetsu Onsen’s main shopping street, where you can experience a geyser from which boiling water and steam erupt with great force and a powerful sound at intervals of around three hours. In the park you can also see the nine metal poles, each in a different color, said to have been left behind by the patron deity of the onsen “Yukijin”. Each metal pole is associated with one of nine types of onsen, with benefits to commerce (black), academic study (brown), sound health (blue), monetary wealth (green), career success (purple), romance (yellow), childbirth (red), peaceful family life (white), and wish fulfillment (gold).
You can bind ema (wooden tablets) detailing your wishes to the metal poles left by Yukijin. “Kigan Ema” (ema used for supplication to the god of the springs) can be purchased from the Noboribetsu Tourism Association.