Noboribetsu · Lake Tōya

Noboribetsu and Toyako are located in the southwest of Hokkaido, and sit adjacent to one another. Both of them belong to the Shikotsu Toya National Park. You can choose either one for a one or two-day trip; just take a JR or a direct bus.

Noboribetsu is famous for its hot spring resorts. There are nine kinds of hot springs here, including sulfur spring, salt spring, alum spring and green alum spring. The hot springs here are the result of the volcanic activity of Hell Valley. The unique volcanic sulfur of Noboribetsu infuses the water with a rich quality. In autumn, the red leaves fall around the mountains and plains in Hell Valley providing a unique backdrop.

Lake Toya is a frozen lake in northern Japan. It was formed in the early 20th century after volcanic activity. Lake Toya is very spacious, with ripples spreading elegantly across it all year round. The Toyako Forest Museum on the island can be visited by boat. As a volcanic lake, Lake Toya is also rich in geothermal resources, so a variety of hot spring hotels can be found in the area.

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