River Oyunuma Natural Footbath, Noboribetsu

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Rest your legs at River Oyunuma Natural Footbath, a natural hot spring within a larger onsen. Take a seat on the boardwalk and dip your feet into the soothing, warm waters--a perfect end to a long hike. Take a long walk around the site, observing the steaming vents of the river's source, or go directly to the footbath to experience the appealing, mineral-rich waters. If planning to hike around the area, wear comfortable shoes for navigating the trails and bring plenty of water. Make River Oyunuma Natural Footbath a part of your Noboribetsu vacation plans using our Noboribetsu holiday planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Oyu Marsh parking lot to go by car, and from there I went to foot by foot. It is a 15-minute walk. Road to the parking area is very narrow and poor driving is important. From the parking lot along the road until the foot. Toll also requires attention. Drive from the mountain? To go down goes on and on, enters the street. Uphill all the way back. Foot bath is helpful. Have a towel to wipe things when people sit while bathing in hot water, but is wet, it lay in the buttocks and feet.
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  • August 11, 2017
    One of the trails within Noboribetsu leads here. It is a nice hot spring river. They did up a small section for people to have a seat & soak their feet. I didn't bother with that as it is too crowded ...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    This is a great way to experience the geological phenomena behind the hot springs the naturally feed the onsens of Noboribetsu. Add it on to the end of a hike for the ultimate refresher for your feet!  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Nice free soak with seating pad provided. Get close to the tiny waterfall for warmer water.try to locate this fragrant large orchids-like flower on trees near entrance.big lake nearby very majestic and has a parking lot so you don't need to hike the 1.3km.parking package 500yen (for all parking within trail area)
  • April 18, 2017
    Very nice here. Well worth the hike to this destination from your hotel. Bring a small towel to dry your feet off after you're done.
  • April 2, 2017
    Visited April 2017 Bring a towel to wipe your feet afterwards. There are some small pads left available at the site that you can sit on. From Hell Valley it's quite a walk and treacherous if there is snow on the path. It is possible to take a vehicle to the entrance or walk along the road to it.
  • July 6, 2016
    If you plan to come to this part of Noboribetsu, and you take the track around Hell Valley and Oyunama Pond, then I advise you prepare before hand and bring a towel, and maybe some flip flops, so that you can soak your feet into this naturally heated food pond. It's so relaxing.
  • June 10, 2016
    My 1st Self-drive (F&E) tour. My 1st visit to Japan. Visited River Oyunuma Natural Footbath in May 2016. You have to walk a distance in order to get to the River Oyunuma Natural Footbath. Please be careful when you going down to the River Oyunuma Natural Footbath as the rock are very slippery. Do remember to bring a small towel when you visit the place as you need to dry your foot after your soak your foot in the River Oyunuma Natural Footbath.

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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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