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Unzen Jigoku Hell, Unzen

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Take a walk through the otherworldly Unzen Jigoku Hell, an area of intense volcanic activity. Steam and the smell of sulfur spurt out of the rugged landscape, either side of the wooden walkway on which you tread. Though other places nearby use the energy to create pleasant hot pools and spa facilities, here in "jigoku" (hell) the power of nature remains untempered and leaves a lasting impression. Jigoku may seem a strong, overly dramatic word for it these days, but between 1627 and 1632 the place really did represent hell to some, with Christians tortured to death in the hot springs. Arrange your visit to Unzen Jigoku Hell and discover more family-friendly attractions in Unzen using our Unzen vacation generator.
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  • Similar to what u get in Hokkaido but not as grand or polished as a tourist attraction. Still, enjoy the day outing and the smell of sulphur. Surprisingly the place was empty when we tour. Only saw an...  more »
  • We had a great day which started with hiking one of the nearby mountains, then walking down to the various Jigoku at ground level. Really amazing to see the bubbling-hot water come up from the ground....  more »
  • Just a note on how to get there: I took a train with great views to Shimbara from Isahaya. You get off at Shimbara station (don't stay on till the port) then walk on in the same direction. Ignore the ...  more »
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  • Excellent spot to view and enjoy natural volcanic activity. There is a long paved path with rest areas you can walk around and see the boiling mud pools, sulphur funeroles etc. You can also buy and eat boiled eggs, cooked in the hot waters of the area.
  • Amazing place! Worth the trip! It's free and you can access it 24 hours a day. Also not many tourists or people, you can take a foot bath nearby or go to a onsen for as cheap as 200¥ per adult, cheaper or free for kids. Very worth it!
  • The area is much bigger than initially thought when you are just driving by. There are recently (still hundreds of years) burned out hells, hells that have recovered and are a meadows, and hells that are still active.
  • This is nice place for free!! It takes 30mins walk around there.
  • Called Hell hot springs. You can walk the 30ish minute loop and enjoy the beautiful view, as well as eggs cooked in the steam vents. Be prepared for some pretty strong sulphur smells.