Blue skies, pristine wilderness, powder-fine snow, rolling hills and beautiful blue skies define Hokkaido and the outdoor treasures if offers. Hokkaido is enchanting, with beautiful backdrops and plenty of things to do throughout the year. Traditional onsen dot the island, which is Japan’s most northerly island. Parks abound here, home to geothermal springs, volcanic mountains, caldera lakes, and a wealth of flora and fauna. Fish, cycle, and hike through the park, hit the world-class ski hills in the winter, and enjoy traditional Japanese onsen to ease away the day’s adventures.
Noboribetsu is Hokkaido’s hot spring resort, situated on the island’s southwest edge and hailed as one of the best Japanese onsens in the country. The resort comprises part of Shikotsu‑Toya National Park and close to Sapporo, a popular tourist stop close enough to the park tourism trickles over significantly. There are eleven different types of medicinal thermal water available at Noboribetsu, which Japanese people believe are the most healing and soothing in the country. Set a little more than five kilometers from Noboribetsu City proper, Noboribetsu Onsen is considered a smaller town that offers easy access to Japanese ryokan, smaller Japanese inns or hotels providing traditional services and amenities. The onsen is at the mouth of the Noboribetsu River and surrounded by marshes, forests, and lakes presenting sublime vistas fringed by a pristine forest, perfect for hiking and sitting 656 feet above the sea.