How to go to Noboribetsu from New Chitose Airport - Hokkaido

Noboribetsu is in southwest of Hokkaido and famous for hot springs.
Here is small town but surrounded by hot springs and valley.
Most of hotels provide onsen or hot springs at the hotel.
I recommend these 2 ways to access to Noboribetsu Onsen.

1. By Train
If you purchase JR Pass, take JR Rapid airport from New Chistose Airport to Minami-Chitose station and interchange to Limited Express Super Hokuto line/ Hokuto Line/ Suzuran to Noboribetsu (1 hour approximately, fare 2720 yen).

2. Bus

Donan Bus does not cover only from airport to Noboribetsu but also many routes.
Bus is good option as it is cheaper but takes more time. 
Follow the signs to bus stop.
Donan Bus counter is not far from bus stop and we can purchase ticket here.

Please look at the sign to Noboribetsu Onsen in front of the bus so that can make sure that you go to the right direction. 

If cannot see the English sign of Noboribetsu Onsen, please remember this "登別温泉".

Bus Stop no. 29 at Domestic Terminal 

Bus Stop no. 66 at International Terminal

    2.1 Donan bus (Direct route / no transfer) from airport to Noboribetsu Onsen.

    Timetable    (Update 1 April 2017)
    New Chitose Airport (12:00) -> Noboribetsu Onsen (13:05) -> Footbath Entrance (13:13)
    New Chitose Airport (13:15) -> Noboribetsu Onsen (14:20) -> Footbath Entrance (14:28)

    (one way fare 1,370 yen)

    2.2 Donan Bus (Transfer)

      2.2.1 Highway Bus Hayabusa: New Chitose Airport (09:30, 11:00, 12:30, 18:00, 19:40, 21:30) to SHIOMIZAKA 汐見坂 (N3). Transfers to bus to Noboribetsu Onsen. 

     2.2.2 Highway Bus Hayabusa: New Chitose Airport (13:50, 15:20, 16:40) to Noboribetsu Higashi IC 登別東IC前. Transfer to a connecting shuttle bus, waiting at the stop (Give your ticket for the shuttle to the driver.). Let the driver know where you're going to. The shuttle will drop you off at the nearest stop (List of places and their nearest stops below).

N10)JCHO 登別病院                        Hanaya
N11)Noboribetsu Onsen 登別温泉   Grand Hotel, Manseikaku, Yumoto Noboribetsu
N12)Noboribetsu Chuo   登別中央  Mahoroba, Takinoya, Tamanoyu
N13)Daiichi Takimotokan 第一滝本前    Daiichi Takimotokan, Takimoto Inn, Jigokudani (Hell Valley)
N14)Park Hotel パークホテル前               Hanayura, Park Hotel Miyabitei, Kiyomizuya
N15)Ashiyu Iriguchi 足湯入口          Boro NOGUCHI Noboribetsu, Sekisuitei, Natural Footbath

If you do not have JR Pass, I recommend to take Donan bus at 12.00 pm.
It's convenient and cheap.  Noboribetsu Onsen station is terminal station.

There is information center at that station so you can get more information about sigthseeing, including ticketing purchasing such as Noboribetsu Jidaimura.

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  1. Hi Pear,

    Thank you for these important information as well as the time schedule. I would like to check if you know of the time schedule or any buses from Noboribetsu to New Chitose Airport if I were to do a day trip to Noboribetsu. I intend to take the direct bus from New Chitose Airport at 12pm and perhaps leave Noboribetsu for New Chitose Airport at about 4-5pm.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi! Thank you for your comment.
      Donan bus timetable between Noboribetsu and airport, click here

      Donan bus departs from airport at 12:00, 13:15 but does not run from airport to Noboribetsu in the afternoon. Alternatively, you can take JR from Noboribetsu station to airport. JR Pass covers the fare.

    2. Sorry for my typo.

      *Donan bus does not run from Noboribetsu to airport in the afternoon.

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  3. Hi there,
    We will arrive at Chitose airport at 8:10am in Feb, what's the fastest option to get to Yumoto Noboribetsu without waiting for too long and not lugging baggages around too much? We can take taxi for short distances too. But long distance to use either expresss train or highway bus since Donan bus only runs twice and in the afternoon from Chitose.

    How often does the express train run and what time does it start? Do we need to pre-book?

    Where do you find the highway bus stop at the airport and do we have to ore-book too?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi! As you arrive airport early in the morning, I recommend to take JR train and the bus as below detail:

      New Chitose Airport (JR Rapid Airport, 3 mins) -> Minami Chitose Station (Limited Express Super Hokuto, 40 mins or Limited Express Suzuran, 46 mins) -> JR Noboribetsu Station. Take Donan bus (16 mins) or taxi from JR Noboribetsu Station to the hotel. Taxi is faster but more expensive than the bus.

      How often does the express train run and what time does it start? Do we need to pre-book?
      - The timetable will be updated again in winter. Limited express train is available 1-2 trains per hour. No need for pre-booking.
      In case of not reserve the seat, you must get on the unreserved car.

      Where do you find the highway bus stop at the airport and do we have to ore-book too?
      - Please visit the website. No need for pre-booking.

  4. HI, we will touch down at Chitose airport, 4pm (29 Nov 18).is there any bus to the Noboribetsu (Takimotokan, Dai-ichi)? Thank You.

    1. Hi! There are only 2 direct buses but are not available on that time so you may take the indirect bus and interchange at Noboribetsu Higashi IC.

  5. Hi, I am thinking of going to the Marine Park from Chitose Airport by Donan Bus at 930am through this bus route: Chitose Airport⇔Muroran(Hayabusa). I am wondering do I alight at N4:Noboribetsu Higashi IC Entrance 登別東インター入口, take the shuttle to N1:JR Noboribetsu station 登別駅前 ( I want to drop my luggage) before walking to Marine park. Is this correct? Thanks

    1. Hi!
      Yes, you're right. For your information, if the coin lockers at Noboribetsu Station are full, you may use storage service at Marine Park. Here is website .

    2. Thank you so much for your prompt response

  6. Hi, we will arrive at Chitose airport at 8:10am (March 13, 2019). I am thinking going to Noboribetsu in one day trip. The first place that i want to go are Noboribetsu Date Jidai Historic Village and follow by Jigokudani (Hell Valley) and Oyunuma River Foot Bath. I intend to take the bus from New Chitose Airport to Noboribetsu so which bus should i take? and which bus can stop to the place i want? and i'm planning going back to chitose airport from Noboribetsu at 5-6pm so what bus should i take? does all this bus have 2 way?

    1. Hi! Please see the update bus timetable on this page. The direct bus from New Chitose Airport stops at Noboribetsu Onsen and Footbath Entrance. The first bus departs at 12:10 but you will arrive airport at 8:10. If you don't want to wait for long, you can take the train to JR Noboribetsu Station at 09:00 or 09:45. It takes about 1 hour. Then, take Donan Bus from JR Noboribetsu Station to Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura. Check timetable here.

      If you want to go back to airport in the evening, please take the train instead of the direct bus because bus runs only on the morning.

    2. Okay but if i use the train can i use Kitaca IC Card from New Chitose Airport to JR Noboribetsu Station?

    3. Kitaca Card covers the fare from New Chitose Airport to Minami-Chitose but not to Noboribetsu.

    4. ohh i see. where can i buy the bus ticket from JR Noboribetsu Station to Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura? and after i finish visit Jidaimura where can i buy the ticket bus from Jidaimura to Daiichi Takimotokan (N13)?

      After i do my research and check the timetale given by you, Can you check my itineraries 1 day trip to Noboribetsu, is it okay?
      8am : Arrived New Chitose Airport
      9.45am: Take a train (JR Line) to Noboribetsu Station (N1)
      11.45am: Arrived N1.
      12.05pm: Taking Bus line NA from N1 go to Date Jidaimura (N7)
      12.12pm: Arrived N7. Spend around 1-2hours.
      1.40pm: From N7 to Daichii Takimotokan (N13)
      1.49pm: Arrived N13. Take a walk to Hell Valley and Tessen Pond. Spend 1-2 hours.
      3.21pm: From N13 to Foot Entrance (N15)
      3.32pm: Arrived at N15. spend 30 minute at N15. Take a walk to Oyunuma Pond and Okunoyu Pond.
      4.47pm: From N15 go to N1
      5.23pm: Arrived at N1.
      6.00pm: Take a train N1 to New Chitose Airport.
      7.30pm: Arrived at New Chitose Airport.

      is it okay? Please advice.

    5. When you board the bus, pick up the white ticket on the left side and paid the fare when get off the bus.
      Here is my advice. You may adjust this plan as you like.

      09:45: The train departs from New Chitose Airport
      10:43: Arrive Noboribetsu Station (N1)
      10:55: Take bus from Noboribetsu Station to Date Jidaimura.
      11:02: Arrive Date Jidaimura
      13:02: Take bus to Daiichi Takimoto
      13:11: Arrive Daiichi Takimoto
      14:01 or 15:41: Take bus to Oyunuma Pond
      16:05: Take bus to Noboribetsu Station
      16:32: Arrive Noboribetsu Station
      16:53: Take train to New Chitose Airport
      17:42: Arrive New Chitose Airport.

  7. Hi , we will arrive at New Chitose Airport at 7.40pm on saturday. can you guide how we can travel to Daiichi Takimotokan Hotel ? thank you

    1. Hi! Please take JR Rapid Airport from New Chitose Airport to Minami-Chitose Station (3 mins.) and interchange to Limited Express Hokuto or Suzuran to Noboribetsu Station (40-50 mins). Then, take taxi to Daiichi Takimotokan Hotel.

  8. Thank you for the helpful tips. We arrive at chitose airport at 1:45pm. Can you let me know which bus times are available? I see a 2:11pm bus - do you think we will make it? The other time is 3:12pm and I think that's too much down time. Also, do tickets need to be purchased in advance? The Donan bus website says you should purchase two hours in advance

    1. Hi! I just checked the latest timetable. The bus departs from Chitose Airport to Noboribetsu Onsen at 13:20 / 14:10 / 15:10. I think you may not catch up 14:10 bus because of the immigration process. If the landing time is earlier than schedule and the immigration process is fast, may be possible to catch up the 14:100 bus.

      No need to purchase the ticket in advance. You can buy the ticket at the counter.
      On the website mentions that you can also buy the ticket in advance. The maximum time buying the ticket in advance is 2 hours before departure time.

  9. Thanks for the tips! The Donan bus website says I need to purchase tickets two hours in advance - does that mean I cannot purchase the tickets at the bus counter? Also, I arrive at CTS airport at 1:40pm, is the train leaving at 2:10pm possible if I don't have checked luggage? The next one would be at 3:10pm and I'm afraid that would be too much downtime.

    1. In case you cannot catch 14:10 bus and don't want to wait for 15:10 bus, you can take JR instead. Take JR Rapid Airport from New Chitose Airport to Noboribetsu Station, then take Donan Bus (local) to Noboribetsu Onsen or other stop. Taking train and connect to bus, consumes time than taking the direct bus. In my opinion, if you wait for 15:10 bus, you may arrive noboribetsu earlier than taking train. FYI, There are entertainment areas at the airport: Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park and Hello Kitty Happy Flight are on the 3rd floor. You can visit there while waiting for the bus.