Noboribetsu, a short drive away from Sapporo in the Iburi Subprefecture of Hokkaido; is a famous onsen town in the southern part of the island.
On our trip, our first port of call was a visit to the stunning river town of Otaru, north of Sapporo. This is well worth a day trip to explore, take in some of the local sights and meet the friendly locals.
From there, it was on to Noboribetsu. This city is well worth a visit during the winter months, so that you can appreciate and enjoy the beautiful onsen on offer. A drive to Noboribetsu will take you through many little villages with markets, great food restaurants and places to stop off to explore.
Sapporo, Hokkaido island’s most populous city, is one of the best ways to enjoy the north of Japan on a day trip or a weekend break. Most visitors will arrive to Sapporo by plane, be aware that the Chitose airport is quite some distance away from the Sapporo city centre and a train will take anywhere up to 45 minutes before arrival at the centre of Sapporo.
Sapporo is a fun evening out and there is plenty to do in the vicinity of the centre of the city. Great nightlife, amazing food and friendly people make for a wonderful evening.
Sapporo also has some of the most beautiful areas within the local areas, including the likes of Biel and Furano.
Furano will take over two hours to get to, but once there you will see some of the most wonderful flowers in Japan.