Demon Fireworks – Noboribetsu
When: This event is held annually typically in June and July. It starts at 8:30pm and runs for about 30 minutes
Address: Noboribetsu Onsen-cho, Noboribetsu-shi, Hokkaido 059-0551
GPS: 42.4972363487374, 141.14579627726582
Known as Yukijin, the demons are the guardians of the Noboribetsu hot springs. Their role is to fight off bad spirits and bring happiness to people.
The fireworks displays are free to watch typically in June and July, and start at 8:30 p.m., with a run time of about 30 minutes. To get a seat on the raised viewing steps for the fireworks, arrive about 8 p.m. However, note that those wearing open-toed shoes will not be allowed in this section.
The demons return down the main shopping street and they are quite happy to pose for photos. They will even photobomb you (if given the chance).
From Sapporo station
Take the JR rapid airport train to the Chitose Airport, change to the New Chitose Airport Limousine Bus to Ashiyu Iriguchi. Get off at Park Hotel Miyabi-tei and walk to the Hell Valley Observatory (about 1.6 kilometers). Approximate time is 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Alternatively, take the once-a-day direct service to Noboribetsu Onsen from Sapporo station. Walk to the Hell Valley Observatory (approximately 1.7 kilometers). Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.
It takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is parking available, but due to the foot traffic, cars must wait for pedestrians to clear the road after the event before leaving.