How to travel between Noboribetsu and Tokyo
The fastest way to access Noboribetsu from Tokyo is by plane via Sapporo's Shin-Chitose Airport:
1) How to get from Tokyo to Shin-Chitose Airport
2) How to get from Shin-Chitose Airport to Noboribetsu
Take the JR Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (4 hours) and transfer to the Hokuto limited express to Noboribetsu Station (2.5 hours). The entire one way trip costs around 26,000 yen and takes around seven hours. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass. Note that seat reservations are mandatory on Hayabusa trains between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.
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JR Noboribetsu Station is located in the city's urban center close to the coast, while the hot spring town and Jigokudani are a 15 minute car, taxi or bus ride from the station inland into the hills. A taxi ride costs around 2000-2500 yen, while a bus ride costs 340 yen one way. There are about one to two buses per hour.