Noboribetsu is Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort, offering as many as eleven different kinds of thermal waters, that are considered among Japan's best and most effective.

The resort town consists of numerous (mostly large sized) ryokan and hotels with hot spring baths. Several of them open their baths during daytime to non-staying guests for typically 700 to 2000 yen. In addition, there is one public bath house located in the center of town.

Below is a list of some of Noboribetsu's baths, all of which are gender separated:

Daiichi Takimotokan•••

Daytime Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (entry until 18:00)
Daytime Admission: 2250 yen (1700 yen after 16:00)
Overnight Stay: From 11,000 yen per person including 2 meals
The bright and spacious baths of the Takimotokan are among Japan's best modern indoor hot spring baths, if not the best. What sets them apart from the rest is not only the number of pools but also the fact that they are fed by as many as five different hot spring sources with water varying in acidity, mineral contents and health benefits.

Noboribetsu Grand Hotel

Daytime Hours: 12:30 to 20:00 (from 14:30 on Mon&Thu, entry until 19:30)
Daytime Admission: 1500 yen
Overnight Stay: From 10.000 yen per person including 2 meals
This hotel's attractive and spacious indoor baths feature three different types of hot spring water (sulfur, salt and iron). The main attraction, however, is the outdoor bath that looks onto a beautiful garden with a man made waterfall.

Hotel Yumoto Noboribetsu

Daytime Hours: 13:00 to 20:00 (entry until 19:00)
Daytime Admission: 1200 yen
Overnight Stay: From 9,500 yen per person including 2 meals
As many as four different types of hot spring water can be enjoyed in the somewhat darkish indoor baths of this large ryokan. But unless you overnight here, there are few reasons to select its baths over the Takimotokan's. Apart from the conventional pools there is a sauna, lying baths, waterfalls and a small outdoor bath without views.

Noboribetsu Sekisuitei

Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (entry until 18:00)
Daytime Admission: 900 yen
Overnight Stay: From 9,000 yen per person including 2 meals
Daytime visitors to this large ryokan get access to two baths that are located in two different towers of the complex. The baths offer only one type of water, but are very spacious and attractive with views onto the forested mountain slope. Besides conventional pools there are saunas, jacuzzis and large pot shaped baths.

Sagiriyu Public Bath

Hours: 7:00 to 22:00 (until 21:00 from Nov to Mar)
Admission: 450 yen
The Sagiriyu is the only public bath house in central Noboribetsu Onsen. All its baths are indoor and much smaller than the baths in the above listed ryokan. Nevertheless, they are bright and attractive and seem to be popular among the locals. The baths feature two types of water in three pools, as well as a sauna.

Noboribetsu Manseikaku

Daytime Hours: 13:30 to 20:00 (entry until 18:00)
Daytime Admission: 1100 yen
Overnight Stay: From 9,500 yen per person including 2 meals
This large ryokan complex comes with large, but somewhat dark and aged indoor and outdoor baths. Besides the conventional baths, that feature one type of hot spring water, there is a jacuzzi and a sauna.

Kashotei Hanaya

Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (entry until 18:00)
Daytime Admission: 1000 yen
Overnight Stay: From 16,000 yen per person including 2 meals
This ryokan at the entrance to the hot spring town is considerably smaller than the above listed complexes. And so are its baths, which feature one small indoor and outdoor pool without views and one type of sulfuric water.

Getting there and around

Noboribetsu's hot spring town is a 15 minute bus ride from JR Noboribetsu Station (350 yen one way, 1-2 buses per hour). The hot spring town itself is small and walkable.

How to get to and around Noboribetsu