Tour from Hawaii returns to Noboribetsu Hot Spring with 14 visitors after two-year absence

Tourists from Hawaii visiting Dai-ichi Takimotokan

Foreign guests were received for the first time in two years on July 11 at the long-standing inn Dai-ichi Takimotokan, situated in the Noboribetsu Hot Spring area of the Central Hokkaido Iburi region. Approximately one month had passed since the Japanese government eased COVID-19 border restrictions, allowing foreigners to enter Japan for tourism. On the day of arrival, 14 tourists from Hawaii arrived, and hotel staff welcomed them with a banner.

The tour group was mainly made up of Japanese-Americans and departed from Hawaii on July 7. After sightseeing in areas including Hakodate and Lake Toya, they arrived in Noboribetsu at around 2:30 p.m. on July 11. They enjoyed bathing in the hot spring and strolling around the Jigokudani (Hell Valley) area, after which they visited Sapporo and Tokyo before returning to Hawaii on July 19.

The staff welcomed the visitors outside the inn with a banner proclaiming “Welcome” in English. Tour participant Carl Takeshi Sato commented with a smile, “I have been waiting for this day for a very long time. I love the Noboribetsu hot spring, and I am really looking forward to bathing in it.”

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Dai-ichi Takimotokan

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