There is literally not much to do in Noboribetsu in winter. Daylight ends at about 4.50 pm. Most attractions closes at 4 pm.
So make sure you plan your trips early and wisely. Its a very quiet and peaceful town. The people are very friendly and prices are not expensive. Good for seafood if you like. Be prepared for -3 to -7 degrees weather in early January. You can buy a disposable anti-skid for only 600Yen at any convenient store. Explore Hell Valley, its a good hike any day.
We had only two nights. So it was more for the onsen in the hotel. Not much to go around at night. For sightseeing, the bear park, ninja town and hell valley is a must.
Forget the shopping street if you have no time. Better to spend more time in the onsen if you have no time at all.
We love the city a lot. There are lots and lots of attractions and in our opinion it is one of the best place to have onsen in Japan.
The hotspring is very refreshing. Definitely must go place is the hot spring pond and the foot onsen ( eventhough it takes an effort to reach the place )
Noboribetsu is an extremely relaxing place to go and very quiet place too! The whole city is straddled by one main street which serve as the main supplied resource for the tourist, everything is there including convenience store, restaurants, hotels, bus terminal, souvenir shops, etc.
.. If you are a big fan of Onsen then this place will attract you the most since it is to me the best place to have Onsen in Japan !
Small town near sapporo. It would have been better if people could communicate some English esp bus drivers (public service).
We had to walk back a bus stop to Samurai village as we were not sure whether we've reached the place. No English signage &other bus driver was wordless.
NOt much site seeing and outdoor activities. You can finish the shopping street within one hour. Juts expect to saty at Hotel to enjoy hot spring and relaxing.