Noboribetsu-onsen attracts people by its various springs incorporating nine different qualities, including the sulfur spring (the most popular one among all) as well as a ferruginous spring and an alum spring which makes the skin beautiful. This much variety is hard to find in hot springs anywhere else in the world. The water volume of the natural discharge is 10,000 t per day, while the water temperature ranges between 45 °C and 90 °C. Jigoku-dani Valley, designated as one of Hokkaido’s heritage sites, is a few minutes walk from the hot spring area. There, you can experience the dynamics of jigoku, or “Hell,” named as such for its strong smell of sulfur while hot water, vapors and volcanic gas escape from the crater, formed approximately ten thousand years ago.
- Noboribetsu-onsen-cho, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido
- [Bus]13 min ride by bus for Noboribetsu-onsen from JR Noboribetsu Station (Muroran Line) to the final bus stop, Noboribetsu-onsen.