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Jigokudani, Noboribetsu

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Enjoy the vibrant natural scenery of Jigokudani, a red stone crater valley sprinkled with steam vents and hot springs. Fittingly named “Hell’s Valley,” the area is actually a crater formed by a volcanic eruption more than 20,000 years ago. From the boardwalk above the crater you can observe the bubbling sulfurous streams, rising steam, and the vivid red cliffs, all contributing to the area’s “hellish” appearance. Explore the surroundings on the nearby undulating forest trail to discover a hot sulfur pond and dip your feet in the river that flows from it. Plan your visit to Jigokudani and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Noboribetsu tour planner .
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  • Hawkers pound the steaming necks can see the volcanic hot spring area of less than 1 hour to walk free with a 30-minute walk can do the watching ~
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  • Amazing view and very natural nice sight seeing. But need to walk via path way where us wet and slippery during winter time . Not suggest old folk due to walk way didn't provide many road light.  more »
  • Jigokudani was quite a sight. Though it's not quite as colourful in the winter, the landscape was still an incredible view and something worth seeing. Be careful of the wooden slope/steps when you're ...  more »

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Where to stay in Noboribetsu

The majority of places to stay in Noboribetsu lie inland, to the north of the main train station. Close to the hot springs and the volcanic valley, accommodations lie on all the streets across the modest urban area of the resort town. Many people see staying in traditional "ryokan" (guesthouses) as part of the experience, but some more modern hotels can be found across town, too. Visitors primarily look to find an option with onsite "onsen" (traditional Japanese hot spring spas), although you can always arrange a visit to one if not.
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