Stroll through the snowy mountains in snowshoes!
Snowshoes are attached to regular shoes, enabling you to climb a snowy mountain as if hiking.
The Noboribetsu Gate Way Center offers snowshoeing and trees covered with hoar frost for tourists to explore around the Orofure Pass connecting Noboribetsu Onsen with Lake Toya, and snowshoeing and hot spring sources enabling tourists to explore the hot spring sources of Noboribetsu Onsen and Noboribetsu primeval forests (English service available). Tour time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
You can experience Yukimizake in the open-air spa at Dai-ichi Takimotokan, a Japanese-style hotel in Noboribetsu. Please be careful not to drink so much that you feel sick. In addition to separate open-air spas for men and women, the hotel has 35 pools including Neyu, meaning to lie on your back and dip into the pool and Hokoyoku, to improve the circulation by walking in warm water and cold water alternately. You can experience a wide variety of Japanese bath culture.
Adatara Resort offers a snowshoe park where, even if you are a beginner, you will be able to enjoy strolling in snowshoes. You can play in the snow while viewing Mt. Adatara, which has been selected as one of the top 100 Japanese mountains. Two-hour snowshoeing lessons are available (bookings must be made by 4:00 p.m. the previous day).
If you wish to enjoy Yukimizake after your stroll, Kunugidaira Hotel in Dake Onsen is recommended. Dake Onsen is a rare hot spring where hot spring water is drawn from the hot spring source 8 kilometers (4.97 miles) away from the hotel. Complimentary sake is served in small wooden boxes in the open-air spa from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day.
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Forest & Water offers a variety of snowshoe tours including a full-day course lasting around seven hours, a short course lasting around four hours, and a half-day course lasting around three hours. If you are physically strong, you will be able to enjoy yourself to your heart’s content on the snowy mountain.
You can take a dip in the spa while drinking local sake served in small wooden boxes until 9:00 p.m. at Ryokan Tanigawa. Ice cream in small wooden boxes is also available, so you can enjoy this time with your children. The open-air spa is built among rocks, and you can have the interesting experience of taking a dip in the hot water while being surrounded by rocks covered with snow. You can also view snowy mountains such as Mt. Tanigawadake from the private open-air spa.
After snowshoeing, take a dip in the spa and warm up from the inside of your body with Yukimizake, and relax! This trip will provide opportunities to experience the uniquely Japanese way of enjoying winter.