The Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens were established in 1886 as a part of the Old Sapporo Agricultural College. They were opened by Dr. Miyabe Kingo, a graduate of Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University). The gardens cover 13.3 hectares and are the second oldest botanical gardens in Japan! The collection Read More ....
NOBORIBETSU GENERALLocated on the Pacific Ocean side of Hokkaido and close to Muroran, Noboribetsu has various places to visit and is one of Hokkaido’s most famous hot spring resort areas. It was founded on September 13, 1869, has an approximate population of 54,039 with a total area of 212.11 km2. Noboribetsu is a part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park.
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CITY OUTLINENoboribestu located directly south of Sapporo city, runs along the coast and is and is surrounded by beautiful forested hills. It has a train station which is located almost in the center of the city, near the ocean and expressway access. The hot spring area is located behind the main area of the town about 10 - 15 minutes by car or bus into the hills surrounding the city. The hot spring resort area boasts 11 different kinds of hot spring baths, and this area also includes Jigokudani (Hell Valley) and the Bear Park. Located a short distance west between Noboribetsu and Tomakamai is the Ainu village in Shiraoi.
Noboribestu is also known for various kinds of foods including Cod roe, Salmon roe and Onikama a type of boiled fish paste. Souvenirs include carved wooden bears, carved wooden dolls, and various candies.
Access to Noboribestu via train to Noboribetsu Station takes approximately one hour and ¥3850 from Sapporo. Donan and Chuo Bus Companies operate eleven direct buses per day from Sapporo Station to Noboribetsu. The one way trip costs ¥1900 and takes between two and three hours. If driving from Sapporo or Shin Chitose Airport, the fastest way is using the Doo Expressway, then taking the "Noboribetsu Higashi" exit. The distance From Sapporo, is about one hundred (100) km and the expressway toll for a family car is approximately ¥3000. The Noboribetsu Tourist Information Center can be reached at: Noboribetsu Tourist Association Ph: 0143-84-3311