Noboribetsu, Hokkaido

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View of Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, with aquarium
View of Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, with aquarium
Flag of Noboribetsu
Location of Noboribetsu in Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Location of Noboribetsu in Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
Noboribetsu is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°25′N 141°6′E / 42.417°N 141.100°E / 42.417; 141.100Coordinates: 42°25′N 141°6′E / 42.417°N 141.100°E / 42.417; 141.100
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
 • Mayor Haruichi Ogasawara
 • Total 212.11 km2 (81.90 sq mi)
Population (June 2008)
 • Total 53,018
 • Density 250/km2 (600/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Platanus
- Flower Chrysanthemum
- Flowering tree Azalea
Address 6-11 Chūōchō, Noboribetsu-shi, Hokkaidō
Phone number 0143-85-2111

Noboribetsu (登別市 Noboribetsu-shi?, Ainu: nupur-pet) is a city in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Part of Shikotsu-Toya National Park, it is southwest of Sapporo, west of Tomakomai and northeast of Hakodate. The name, Noboribetsu, derives from an Ainu word, nupur-pet, which means dark-coloured river (the kanji 登別 are used for their phonetic value only, and have no relation to the original meaning).

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 53,018 and a population density of 250 persons per km². The total area is 212.11 km².

The mountains dominate the west and north while the plains dominate around five km within the coastline. There are three towns along the Pacific Ocean: from northeast to southwest, Noboribetsu, Horobetsu and Washibetsu. These betsu are derived from "river" in the Ainu language. Noboribetsu is on the Noboribetsu River. Horobetsu and Washibetsu are on the Iburi-horobetsu River and the Washibetsu River respectively.

The city office is in Horobetsu. The town of Noboribetsu is at the mouth of the Noboribetsu river and is therefore a much narrower area.

6 km inland from this is the smaller town of Noboribetsu-onsen (登別温泉, Noboribetsu hot-spring). Enjoying many hot springs of varying ingredients, Noboribetsu-onsen is one of many well-known resorts in Japan and the largest "hot spring town" in Hokkaido.

Noboribetsu Town as a municipality was born in 1961 by renaming the former Horobetsu Town. It was given city status on August 1, 1970.

Noboribetsu has four train stations and is accessed by the Dōō Expressway with two interchanges and National Route 36.

Twin cities[edit]

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