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View of Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, with aquarium
Location of Noboribetsu in Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)
|Prefecture||Hokkaido (Iburi Subprefecture)|
|• Mayor||Haruichi Ogasawara|
|• Total||212.11 km2 (81.90 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2008)|
|• Density||250/km2 (600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flowering tree||Azalea|
|Address||6-11 Chūōchō, Noboribetsu-shi, Hokkaidō
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).
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 Noboribetsu City in the river valley is the smaller town of Noboribetsu-onsen (登別温泉, Noboribetsu hot-spring). The town has a range of onsen for bathing as well as other hot springs formed from different minerals for scenic viewing and is also known for its bear park. Noboribetsu-onsen is one of many well-known resorts in Japan, with many hotels and ryokan, and is 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.
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