Nestled on the coast just south of Sapporo, discover Hokkaido's fiery landscape at Noboribetsu Onsen, where geothermal springs produce eleven different thermal waters, each with its own medicinal benefits – nature's ultimate spa experience.
Unlike most, this spa town is known for its sheer drama, with Noboribetsu's medicinal waters flowing from a blasted volcanic crater known as Jigokudani, or 'Hell Valley'.
Hot, desolate and powerfully sulphuric, Jigokudani's smoking vents and boiling lakes make the thermal baths at Noboribetsu a therapeutic experience like no other. Each of the 11 varieties of water comes with its own medicinal benefits, meaning you can choose your bath based on your health needs – whether that's salt for circulation or iron for anaemia.
And, at just a convenient hour-and-a-half hop from world-class ski resort Niseko, there's no better place for winter rest and relaxation. Unequivocally Japanese but with a fiery twist, no trip is complete without experiencing Noboribetsu Onsen.
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