My experience in Noboribetsu can be summed up in three words: beautiful, surreal and liberating.
You’re on your own, in a large outdoor hot spring bath. The rhythmic drops of rain on the tiles around you make a calming background music. Out on the distance, a fox and its young sniffed around for food. Birds flying past, minding their own business.
The view is of the ocean, gentle small waves lapping. With the heat, you feel your muscles relaxing. The smell of rain and slight sulphur intermingle.
All the while, you are stark naked. With a small face cloth to give you a false sense of modesty in case someone decide to join you.
Noboribetsu, thank you for the experience.