We will take the ride to Norboribetsu to catch on an hour of sleep and look at the scenery passing us.
For those who do not know about Noboribetsu, it is directly south of Sapporo city, and since it runs along the coast and is surrounded by beautiful forested hills, scenery there will be picturesque. Of course, the main attraction of Noboribetsu is that it is the main hot spring resort area which boasts 11 different kinds of hot spring baths that are said to have medicinal properties. Also famous in Noboribetsu are the Hell Valley (地獄谷 Jigokudani) sulphurous volcanic pits and geysers, the ninja village and Bear Park. Like most coastal parts of Japan, Noboribetsu is also famed for it’s gourmet spread of seafood . which includes cod roe, salmon roe and Onikama a type of boiled fish paste.
After that, we will walk across the road to reach our hotel which is very conveniently located just directly opposite the bus terminal. We are staying at the Hotel Yumoto Noboribetsu. The central location of this hotel along Noboribetsu’s main street is justification for staying there. It is less than 5 minutes walking time from the hotel to the bus station, Tourist Association Office and the shopping belt. This hotel is also noted for it’s own mineral hot spring baths and 8 course Japanese dinner sets. We purchased a 1 night stay package inclusive of the traditional Japanese dinner set and breakfast for two for SGD$430.00. We took up the dinner set(below) as we wanted to experience dinner as served by the hotel chef.
(Above) Noboribetsu's main shopping belt
We will take then head for the Noboribetsu Ropeway Station to take a cable car(above) to Bear Park, one of the main tourist attractions there. We heard that there is some nice scenery there, including a crater lake. The ropeway 2 way fare inclusive of admission to the Bear park costs ¥ 2520 ( SGD$33) per person. There is a famous signage there which points to the distance to major cities in the world and that will definitely be a good photo opportunity. The lake there known as Kuttara (Below) is known as having the best water quality of all lakes in Japan with the greatest transparency known, allowing light to penetrate up to 19metres.
Of course, taking a look at the 140 bears there(below) goes without saying.
After an hour and a half there, we will take the ropeway down, probably taking alot of the scenery as we go down. By this time, it would be around 4pm and we would go back to the hotel and take a dip in the hot spring bath and relax till probably 6pm where we will have our 8 course dinner at the hotel.