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[Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu] Beautiful Pacific Ocean and Mountains

Orofure Pass

Orofure Pass (オロフレ峠) is a pass along Hokkaido Road 2 with a lot of sharp turns on Mt. Orofure with about 1230 m in height between Noboribetsu city and Sobetsu town, and Orofure Parking Lot Park (オロフレ駐車公園), Orofure Pass Lookout (オロフレ峠展望台) and a public restroom are at the Orofure Pass. The Orofure Pass Lookout is famous for seeing a conbination of Pacific Ocean and mountains. There is a trailhead to Mt. Orofure, so a lot of hikers come, too. The Hokkaido Road 2 is closed in the evening (17:00-09:00) from late November to late April. A view from Okei Parking Lot (黄渓駐車場) along the Hokkaido Road 2 is comforatable, too. The Hokkaido Road 2 has continuous sharp curves, so drive safety in a winter.
Mt. Orofure Hiking Guide Map in Japanese

Orofure Pass
Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
View from Okei Parking Lot
Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
Hiking Registration Box
Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
Parking Lot
Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
Public Restroom
Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu

Movie of Mt. Orofure Hiking

The Orofure means "River with red underwater" in Ainu language, and was named after a red tributary oozed out by iron ore of Shiramizu River near here. At the foot of the Mt. Orofure, Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen (登別カルルス温泉) and Sunlaiva Ski Resort (サンバイラスキー場) are at the noboribetsu side, and Benkei Onsen (弁景温泉) and Orofure Ski Resort (オロフレスキー場) are at the Sobetsu side. Fresh green and hiking can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snow views and skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in the winter. Beautiful trees covered with hoar frost can be seen from January to February. A restaurant, a cafe and a convenience store are not built near here.

Movie of Trees Covered with Hoar Frost along Orofure Pass

Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen

Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen (登別カルルス温泉) is a hot spring place at about 350 m above sea level in the most remote of Noboribetsu city, and is close to Noboribetsu Onsen, most famous onsen in Hokkaido, in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. There are Suzuki Ryokan (鈴木旅館), Orofure-so (オロフレ荘) and Sanseikan (山静館) along Noboribetsu river, and Hotel Iwai (ホテル岩井) is built on a small hill. There are Orofure Pass (オロフレ峠), Sunlaiva Ski Resort (サンバイラスキー場), Karurusu Sportsland (カルルスサンスポーツランド), Lake Tachibana (橘湖) and Keifuen Park (渓楓園) around the Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Speaking of the Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen, BATHCLIN bathing powder is famous. That is milky white hot water, and it reminds Japanese people of the hot springs like Noboribestu Onsen, but the hot springs are actually clear and colorless. Read More

Suzuki Ryokan
Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen

Benkei Onsen

Benkei Onsen (弁景温泉) is a hot spring place in Sobetsu town near Lake Toya (洞爺湖). Kubonai Fureai Center (久保内ふれあいセンター) and Benkei Onsen Public Bath (弁景温泉共同浴場) for members only are built at the foot of Orofure Pass (オロフレ峠). Common visitors can take a bath only at Kubonai Fureai Center. It maybe difficult to find a building because the building facing Osaru River does not built along Hokkaido Road 2. A convenience store is not built around here. The distance is around 7 km away from the center of the Sobetsu, and Bakei Onsen (蟠渓温泉), Orofure Pass (オロフレ峠) and Orofure Ski Resort (オロフレスキー場) are relatively near here. Read More

Kubonai Fureai Center
Benkei Onsen

By the way, Noboribetsu Onsen Express Bus Air Port (高速登別温泉エアポート号) runs between New Chitose Airport and the Noboribetsu Onsen, and Express Bus Onsen (高速おんせん号) runs between Sapporo and the Noboribetsu Onsen.

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    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Noboribetsu and the Sapporo or New Chitose Airport. Refer to following the means of the transportation. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Donan Bus(道南バス) From New Chitose Airport to Noboribetsu Onsen
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    Rakuten
    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Noboribetsu Onsen to New Chitose Airport
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    Rakuten
    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Sapporo to Noboribetsu Onsen
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    Rakuten
    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Noboribetsu Onsen to Sapporo
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is at the Noboribetsu Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Noboribetsu Station.

    Shikotsu-Toya National Park

    Shikotsu-Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園) has Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖), the 2nd largest caldera lake in Japan, and Lake Toya (洞爺湖), the 3rd largest caldera lake in the Japan, in the southwestern part of Hokkaido. In the national park, there are unique mountains such as Mt. Usu (有珠山), Mt. Tarumae (樽前山) and Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) in the 3 major onsen in the Hokkaido. Because it is easy to access the tourist attracions from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo city, the Shikotsu-Toya National Park gets popularity from tourists. The Shikotsu-Toya National Park is roughly divided into 5 areas, Yoteizan Area, Toyako Area, Noboribetsu Area, Shikotsuko Area and Jozankei Area. The area is 99,473 ha in total, it is very vast. It blows my mind why it adds the Yoteizan Area and the Jozankei Area, but I googled it, but I could not find. Read More

    Lake Shikotsu
    Lake Shikotsu

    Orofure Pass Lookout

    The Orofure Pass Lookout is a viewing point at about 930 m in height around the mountaintop of the Mt. Orofure, and the Pacific Ocean, Lake Kuttara, Lake Toya and Mt. Yotei can be seen. Another name is "Daikanbou (大観望 * Great View)". A former road covered with grass has decadent beautifulness. Unfortunately, the Lake Kuttara, the Lake Toya and the Mt. Yotei could not be seen clearly when I visited here. A beautiful sea of clouds might be seen in the moring or the late afternoon, June. The Orofure Pass Lookout is closed from late November to early June. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, white soil is chosen as the 100 best geological feature in Hokkaido.

    Side of Mountain Is White
    Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Around Mountaintop
    Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Comfortable View
    Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Mountain Is Covered with Erman's Birch
    Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Daikanbo
    Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Former Road Can Be Seen
    Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Range of Mountains is Comfortable
    Orofure Pass Lookout in Noboribetsu

    Atmosphere of Orofure Pass Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Orofure Pass Lookout

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (80 cars)
    Business hour Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day From late November to early June
    Telephone number +81-143-84-3311
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 603 459 825*13

    List of Accommodations

    Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Noboribetsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

    Karurusu Onsen

      Suzuki Ryokan(鈴木旅館)
      Booking
      Rakuten
      Hotel Iwai(ホテル岩井)
      Yumoto Orofure-so(湯元オロフレ荘)
      Booking
      Mori-no-Yu Sanseikan(森の湯山静館)
      Rakuten

      Shin-noboribetsu Onsen

        Ryokan Shiki(旅館四季)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Rental Villa Yuga(大型貸別荘 優雅)
        Booking
        Rakuten

        Noboribetsu Onsen

          Dai-ichi Takimotokan(第一滝本館)
          Noboribetsu Grand Hotel(登別グランドホテル)
          Hotel Mahoroba(ホテルまほろば)
          Noboribetsu Sekisuitei(登別石水亭)
          Noboribetsu Manseikaku(登別万世閣)
          Hotel Yumoto Noboribetsu(ホテルゆもと登別)
          Park Hotel Miyabitei(名湯の宿パークホテル雅亭)
          Takimoto Inn(滝本イン)
          Noboribetsu Onsen Kyo Takinoya(登別温泉郷 滝乃家)
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          Kashoutei Hanaya(花鐘亭はなや)
          Oyado Kiyomizuya(御やど 清水屋)
          Tamanoyu(玉乃湯)
          Booking
          Boro Noguchi Noboribetsu(望楼NOGUCHI登別)
          Ryotei Hanayura(旅亭 花ゆら)
          Booking

          Noboribetsu

            Noboribetsu Guest House Aka-to-Ao(登別ゲストハウス赤と青)
            GUEST HOUSE ROMAN(ゲストハウス ロマン)
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Oimatsu Ryokan(老松旅館) Only Tel: +18-0143-85-2745
            Hatago Nomuraya(旅籠のむら屋)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Ryoso Izumi Villa(旅荘いずみヴィラ)
            Booking
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            Rakuten
            Tsudoi-no-Yakata Campsite(つどいの館 キャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Booking.com

            A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

            Shikotsu-Toya National Park

            By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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            1. good! hokkaido! says:

              Hi, Cindy san,
              I found as follows on the internet (I am not acquainted with them unfortunately).

              http://www.geocities.jp/english_guide_taxi_hokkaido/index.html
              http://www.tabi-hokkaido.co.jp/guidetaxi/
              http://hamanasukai.com/engllish/

              They can drive their cars and communicate with the client in English
              Please try to contact them, so you will respond to the your client’s request.

            2. good! hokkaido! says:

              Hi, Cindy san,
              Please give me some time because I will look into it.

            3. Cindy says:

              Hi,
              Thank you for your advice regarding Orofure Pass last year. Although I did not manage to drive through it to visit Lake Toya, I had a wonderful time in Hokkaido. I love it so much that I have started a free lance travel planning service (https://cinleehan.wordpress.com/personalised-travel-services/) to help people visiting Hokkaido and other parts of Japan.
              I am currently planning 2 trips for end of this year. One trip is for a family of 6 visiting Hokkaido. They will not be driving and would like to hire a van and driver. Do you have any good contacts that I can work with?

            4. good! hokkaido! says:

              Thank you Cindy san!
              I appreciate your support.
              Have a nice trip!

            5. Cindy says:

              Thank you 🙂 Will heed your advice and drive carefully.

              Just want to let you know that your website is fantastic! Your articles have helped me planned my upcoming trip.

              I mentioned your site in my blog (https://cinleehan.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/planning-a-14-day-hokkaido-winter-trip/) so others can know about it.

              Please continue to share your Hokkaido adventures!

            6. good! hokkaido! says:

              Hi, Cindy san,

              Yes, you can drive Orofure Pass from 09:00 to 19:00.
              That road is closed to motor vehicles from 19:01 to 08:59.
              But it may snow in early December and that road may freeze.
              Careful of driving!

              In addition, Orofure Pass Observatory is closed from November to June.

            7. Cindy says:

              I’m be in Hotel Mahoroba early Dec. Can I drvie to Lake Toya via Orofure Pass?

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