Explore the culture of Ainu in Poroto Kotan and feel the dynamic force of Nature in Noboribetsu Hell Valley
This is a full day train tour to Shiraoi and Noboribetsu from Sapporo. In Shiraoi we will visit Poroto Kotan. It is a natural history museum depicting a traditional Ainu village. The Ainu have long cultivated a unique culture in Hokkaido. This museum was established in order to preserve and maintain Ainu culture and also give us a true picture of the Ainu people. Traditional songs and dances are performed.
Next we will head for Noboribetsu Hot Spring. We will visit Jigokudani there. Jigokudani or "Hell Valley" is a spectacular valley. This valley was a former crater. It is a main source of hot spring waters of Noboribetu Hot Spring. There are 15 hot steam vents and a couple of sulfurous streams. Magma with high volcanic energy is believed to be stored underground. There is a walking trail to a geyser. Following it, you will realize the valley is appropriately named. I can customize this tour especially for you. I can also offer a private taxi tour depending on your request. See you soon!
8:50 meet up at JR Sapporo station
9:30-10:51 Leave Sapporo at 09:30 on Ltd Exp Hokuto 8, arriving at Shiraoi Station at 10:51(81 Minutes, 2, 970 yen)
The Ainu Museum by taxi
The Ainu Museum and Poroto Kotan Village
Go to Shiraoi Station by taxi
12:33-12:44 Leave Shiraoi Station, arriving at Noboribetsu Station ( 10 Minutes, 670 yen)
Noboribetsu Hot Spring by taxi ( or by bus)
Hell Valley (Jigokudani)
Geiser, taking a hot bath and /or Natural Foot Bath ( depending on the season and the weather condition )
Noboribetsu Onsen to JR Noboribetsu Station by taxi( or by bus)
16:28-17:41 Leave Noboribetsu Station, arriving at Sapporo Station on Ltd Exp Hokuto 13 (70Mins, 3, 960 yen)
17:50 JR Sapporo Station
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: at JR Sapporo Station
End location: at JR Sapporo Station
Duration: 9 hours
public transportation (JR and bus). We may take a taxi in Shiraoi and Noboribetsu.
My service as your private, professional licenced
tour guide, consultation fee
Estimated Local Cash Needed
14000 JPY - This is payment per person: JR train Sapporo-Noboribetsu round trip fare(around 8,000 yen) JR train fare from Shiraoi -Noboribetsu (360yen) The Ainu Museum admission( 800 yen), taxi fare in Noboribetsu and/ or Shiraoi(around 4,500 yen) , lunch and other expenses.
JR train fare, taxi fare, The Ainu Museum admission, lunch and other expenses.
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Kunihiro was the absolutely best! When I told him we needed an earlier meeting time, he graciously agreed; guided us thru every step of the way on our long day's journey----train, taxi, bus, walking. He was efficient as possible. AMAZING! At the Ainu Museum, he quietly interpreted the commentator's remarks, as everything was done in Japanese. He found us a small, uncrowded restaurant that made us feel like locals. Best was a walk along a secluded path that led us to a foot bath in a hot springs river.