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2012/10/18 - Noboribetsu Report
by schauwecker

Noboribetsu Onsen

I wrapped up my 3-day reporting trip through Hokkaido with a visit to Noboribetsu Onsen, one of my favorite hot spring resorts. The trees and bushes around the resort town have started to color, but will continue to intensify over the coming days.

A few scattered bushes set some seasonal contrast to the barren landscape of the hell valley which delivers the high quality bathing waters to the town's many ryokan. The forest around the valley was still mainly green, but should soon be changing more yellow. The situation was similar around Oyunuma Pond, a 30 minute walk further up from the hell valley.

Noboribetsu's Hell Valley
Birthplace of Noboribetsu's wonderful hot spring waters
Oyunuma Pond further up the mountain
Oyunuma Pond
A small statue near Oyunuma Pond

The sulfurous, 50 degree hot water of Oyunuma Pond flows into a small creek that leads through the forest and provides hikers with a unique natural foot bath a few hundred meters downstream.

Hot river flows through the forest
Oyunumagawa Natural Foot Bath
Oyunumagawa Natural Foot Bath

Lastly, I drove up to the Orofure Pass, a mountain pass which connects Noboribetsu with nearby Lake Toyako and is known for its autumn foliage. The colors along the windy road, however, were rather brown and made me wonder whether the past summer's prolonged heat may have had a negative impact here. The mountain scenery was spectacular in any case.

Orofure Pass
Orofure Pass
View from Orofure Pass towards Mount Yotei and Niseko

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List of Posts:
2012/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/07 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/05 - Kamakura Report
2012/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2012/12/01 - Tokyo Report

2012/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/29 - Himeji Report
2012/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/23 - Miyajima Report
2012/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/21 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/21 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/19 - Takaosan Report
2012/11/16 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/15 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/15 - Shosenkyo Report
2012/11/14 - Hakone Report
2012/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2012/11/08 - Koyasan Report
2012/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/07 - Nikko Report
2012/11/07 - Yamadera Report
2012/11/06 - Naruko Report
2012/11/05 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/11/05 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/01 - Kuju Report

2012/10/31 - Towada Report
2012/10/30 - Bandai Report
2012/10/26 - Minakami Report
2012/10/24 - Nikko Report
2012/10/22 - Alpine Route Report
2012/10/18 - Noboribetsu Report
2012/10/18 - Sounkyo Report
2012/10/17 - Shiretoko Report
2012/10/16 - Norikura Report
2012/10/16 - Nikko Report
2012/10/15 - Kamikochi Report
2012/10/12 - Oze Report
2012/10/11 - Hachimantai Report
2012/10/10 - Bandai Report
2012/10/09 - Nikko Report
2012/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2012/10/04 - Alpine Route Report

2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report
2012/09/26 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/20 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/18 - Asahidake Report

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