The Noboribetsu Onsen is one of the most famous hot springs in Hokkaido. The legend has it that every February, the hot spring guardians – red and blue demons (Yukijin) will come from hell and travel through the town to help to drive the evil spirits away.The most exciting part of the festival is the Hot Spring Battle on 4th! Under the extremely low temperature, over 100 young men will fight against each other by splashing hot spring water, with only wearing loincloths! This event will definitely warm you up in the cold weather!
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You will see the interesting costumes of the Yukijin and enjoy the great atmosphere walking with them. Of course, the local belief is that you can receive the good fortune like the rice-cake and sweet sake from them as well! There are also a lot of restaurants and souvenir shops that selling featured food and local items. You won’t be bored walking through the Street of Onsen. Last but not least, the most interesting thing is the battle of those 100 young fighters! Let’s enjoy this exciting event and we promise that you will never feel cold in this festival! Only be careful not to be splashed by them!5pm Depart from Sapporo Station6:30pm Arrive at Noboribetsu and have free time. You can choose to have dinner or follow the “Yukijin” to visit shops and hotels. Just do what you like!8:30pm Enjoy the dance of “Yukijin” and have the free Rice-cake and sweet sake!9:10pm Watch the Hot Spring Splashing Battle held at the Sengen Park9:45pm Leave Noboribetsu11:15pm Arrive at Sapporo Station