How to travel between Noboribetsu and Sapporo

By complimentary shuttle bus

Some ryokan in Noboribetsu offer their staying guests a free or inexpensive bus ride from Sapporo to Noboribetsu and back. Advance reservations are required.

By train

By limited express train, the one way journey between Sapporo and Noboribetsu takes roughly one hour and costs around 4500 yen. By local trains, the one way trip takes about twice as long, but costs only 2420 yen. All trains between Sapporo and Noboribetsu are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass and the Sapporo-Noboribetsu Area Rail Pass.

A special round trip discount ticket is available that covers the base fare between Sapporo and Noboribetsu for only 3790 yen (instead of 4840 yen). Furthermore, the discount ticket can be combined with an optional ticket to ride the Suzuran limited express for only 370 yen one way between Sapporo and Noboribetsu, but note that this ticket cannot be used on the more frequent Hokuto limited express trains.

From Noboribetsu Station, Noboribetsu Onsen is reached in a 15 minute bus ride (350 yen, one or two buses per hour). The buses are operated by Donan Bus and are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Alternatively, a taxi ride costs about 2500 yen.

By bus

Donan Bus operate two direct buses per day between Sapporo Station and Noboribetsu Onsen. The one way trip takes 100-140 minutes and costs 2200 yen.

Alternatively, you can reach Noboribetsu by highway buses bound for Muroran, which stop near Noboribetsu Station along the way (100 minutes, 2070 yen one way, one bus per hour). At Noboribetsu Station you need to transfer to a local bus for an additional 15 minute ride to the onsen town center (350 yen).

By car

It takes about 90 minutes and costs around 3000 yen in tolls to reach Noboribetsu from Sapporo along the Doo Expressway. Get off at Noboribetsu-Higashi Interchange. By toll-free roads, the trip is likely to take more than an hour longer.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

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 350 yen one way. There are about one to two buses per hour.

Hotels around Noboribetsu

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    • Noboribetsu Guest House AKA & AO
      Located in Noboribetsu, 3.3 km from Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, Noboribetsu Guest House AKA & AO provides accommodation with a bar, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation offers a tour desk and luggage storage space for guests. All units are equipped with a microwave, fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the hostel every room is equipped with a shared bathroom with free toiletries. A continental breakfast is available daily at Noboribetsu Guest House AKA & AO. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Noboribetsu, like skiing. Noboribetsu Jigokudani is 8 km from Noboribetsu Guest House AKA & AO. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 55 km from the hostel.
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    • Oyado Kiyomizuya
      Just 1.5 km from Hokkaidofs Jigokudani hot springs area, Oyado Kiyomizuya offers Japanese-style rooms with a Japanese tea maker, private bathroom and futon beds. Massages and public hot-spring baths are featured. The traditionally decorated rooms at Oyado Kiyomizuya Ryokan have tatami (woven-straw) floors and a fridge. The en suite bathroom includes a bathtub and Western toilet. About a 15-minute walk from Noboribetsu Genshirin primeval forest, the hotel is 7 km from Bear Park. Lake Kuttara is also 7 km away. Free wired internet access is provided in the lobby. Breakfast and dinner are served in guests' rooms or private dining rooms, and must be booked with the room as a meal plan (meals and dishes cannot be ordered individually).
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    • Dai-ichi Takimotokan
      Boasting various hot spring baths, hot tubs and an indoor swimming pool, Daiichi Takimotokan is historic accommodation with Japanese-style guest rooms. Entertainment facilities like karaoke rooms and game centres are on site. Free WiFi is available in the public area. With a relaxing ambiance, each room is fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. Guest rooms are located in 4 separate buildings on site based on room type. Facilities like flat-screen TV and fridge are provided. Guests can unwind in a yukata robe with a cup of tea and seating cushions. The Takimotokan features relaxation rooms next to the large spa and swimming pool area, and rejuvenating treatments are on offer at the on-site massage salon. Free luggage storage services are provided. The property is a 5-minute walk from Jigokudani hot springs, and a 12-minute drive from Lake Kuttara. There is a bus stop right in front of the property, which is a 15-minute bus ride from JR Noboribetsu Station. Guests can enjoy a lavish buffet or traditional Japanese multi-course meals for dinner, depending on the room. Some plans let the guests savour the delicious course meals in the privacy of the guest room.
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    • Takinoya Bekkan Tamanoyu
      Takinoya Bekkan Tamanoyu provides rooms with free WiFi in Noboribetsu, situated conveniently an 8-minute walk from Noboribetsu Jigokudani. The property is around 1.3 km from Noboribetsu Bear Park, 3.5 km from Noboribetsu Date Historic Village and 100 metres from Noboribetsu Onsen. The ryokan offers a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. At the ryokan, each room includes a wardrobe. All rooms come with a shared bathroom with a hair dryer. At Takinoya Bekkan Tamanoyu, all rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. An Asian breakfast is served every morning at the property. Dinner features traditional Japanese kaiseki (multi-course) meal. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 55 km from the accommodation.
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    • Noboribetsu Grand Hotel
      Noboribetsu Grand Hotel offers accommodations with indoor/outdoor public hot-spring baths and free WiFi at the lobby. Guests can refresh in the sauna rooms and request relaxing massages for an extra cost. JR Noboribetsu Train Station is a 15-minute drive away. Noboribetsu Bus Station is a minute's walk away from the hotel. Guests can choose to stay in rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding or in rooms with carpeted floors and Western beds. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. The en suite bathroom features a bath tub and free toiletries. Japanese Yukata robes, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags are included as well. Guests can sing their favourite tunes at the karaoke rooms or purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop. A coin-launderette is on-site and a game room can be enjoyed as well. Free parking is available. The hotel offers a breakfast buffet consisting of healthy Japanese and Western dishes. Dishes prepared with fresh local seasonal ingredients, including tempura and seafood are served at the dinner buffet. There is a caf? and a bar on-site as well. Hotel Grand Noboribetsu is a 10-minute walk from Jigokudani Valley and Noboribetsu Bear Farm. Noboribetsu Date Historic Village is a 10-minute drive away. A shuttle from JR Sapporo Train Station can be arranged upon prior request, for an extra cost.
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    • Hotel Mahoroba
      Situated in Noboribetsu, Hotel Mahoroba boasts an on-site public hot spring facility which features over 30 different baths and spas. Guests will find free private parking on site and free WiFi access in common areas. The hotel is a 15-minute bus ride from JR Noboribetsu Station. Some rooms at this hotel feature an open-air bath. Guest rooms are air-conditioned, and are equipped with a TV, an electric kettle, a green tea set and refrigerator. You will also find an air purifier/humidifier and yukata robes provided in the room. Rooms feature an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower. Free toiletries, slippers, hairdryers and toothbrush sets are provided. The hotel features a karaoke facility in the basement floor and a convenience store on the ground floor. Massage and relaxation services are available at an additional charge, while drink vending machines can be found on site. Restaurant Liberty offers a variety of Japanese, Western and Chinese dishes, while Green Terrace boasts fresh seasonal vegetables. Traditional Japanese kaiseki multi-course meals are also offered at this hotel. Noboribetsu Jigokudani is 700 metres from Hotel Mahoroba, while Noboribetsu Bear Park is 1.4 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 54 km from the property.
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    • Park Hotel Miyabitei
      Located in Noboribetsu Onsen area, guests can enjoy the 5 different types of natural hot springs baths at Park Hotel Miyabitei. The property boasts an open-air bath with a wooden roof and a large public bath. All guest rooms are air conditioned and equipped with a wardrobe, safety deposit box, flat-screen TV and telephone. A refrigerator is included in rooms. The private bathroom includes a toilet, bath, towels and free toiletries including slippers. Shampoo, conditioner, hairdryers, skincare products are provided on site at the public bath areas. Hair brushes and combs are also available. There is a shared lounge, kid's arcade and kid's area that guests with children can enjoy during their stay. There are restaurants and shops located on site. Drinks vending machines are available on site. A convenience store is available within a 5-minute walk from the property. There are restaurants within a 10-minute walk away. Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, a historic theme park that showcases the Edo Period, is a 10-minute drive away. Noboribetsu Bear Park is a 16-minute drive from the property. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport and is a 60-minute drive away.
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    • Noboribetsu Manseikaku
      Just a 15-minute walk from Hokkaidofs Jigokudani Valley, Noboribetsu Manseikaku features an indoor pool, hot-spring baths and Japanese and buffet restaurants. Rooms have a tea maker and private bathroom. Guests at Noboribetsu Manseikaku Hotel can experience a Japanese-style room with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon beds, or stay in a Western-style room. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with a fridge and bathtub. The hotel is a 1-minute walk from Noboribetsu Onsen Bus Terminal, which is a 15-minute bus ride from JR Noboribetsu Train Station. Noboribetsu Kuma-Bokujo (Bear Park) and Noboribetsu Marine Park are both 7 km away. A 90-minute shuttle bus to Sapporo is offered by the property. Relaxation options include a sauna, hot tub and massage services.
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    • Takimoto Inn
      Located in Hokkaidofs famous Noboribetsu hot spring areas, Takimoto Inn is a 14-minute drive from JR Noboribetsu Station. Guests staying can soak in the hot spring bath. Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley) is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel while the popular Noboribetsu Bear Park is a 15-minute drive away. Guests can also make a 10-minute drive to the Date Jidaimura Village and enjoy a step back in time. Takimoto Inn offers 24-hour access to the public hot spring bath at the Daiichi Takimotokan located across the road. Guest rooms are simply furnished and come with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and a working desk. The private bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer. The on-site restaurant serves a buffet-style breakfast and dinner. A wide variety of international dishes are prepared using fresh local ingredients. The restaurant is also open for lunch.
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    • Noboribetsu Sekisui Tei
      Noboribetsu Sekisui Tei is a 20-minute drive from JR Noboribetsu Station, and a 15-minute walk from the Jigokudani Valley. It offers 3 public hot-spring baths, free parking on site and free internet in public areas. The hotel is a 1-hour drive from the New Chitose Airport and a 2-hour drive from JR Sapporo station. A 2-way shuttle service is available with an advance reservation. Japanese-style guest rooms feature tatami (woven straw) flooring with traditional futon bedding. Each room is equipped with a fridge and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Sekisui Tei Noboribetsu offers both indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths. Some can be reserved for private use at a cost. Guests can also unwind in the sauna room or enjoy duty-free shopping at on-site shops. Guests can enjoy both breakfast and dinner at the dining room. A Kaiseki (traditional Japanese multi-course) dinner is featured.
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