Unzen Jigoku Hell, Unzen

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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. Put Unzen Jigoku Hell into our Unzen vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Unzen.
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  • Than I thought feel natural power large scale. The cat is crouched in a warm place, cute!
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  • This is a sight that you don’t get everyday. And the smell too. Pictures do not do justice to the experience, you got to come here to feel and smell NATURE in its raw state. There are two ways to get ...  more »
  • In there. Beppu than smaller scale can be seen even a minimum of 5 minutes. With stops along the route, so also feel taste I think you can.
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  • Nice place to see the hot springs and walk around. Good tourist site. Fun for all ages.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Unzen

In this city dominated by hot springs, most visitors to Unzen will choose to stay at or near one of the onsens. A haven for holidaymakers in the summer months (June through mid-September), Unzen has no lack of accommodation options, and all focus on the district's attachment to nature, combining private and public springs with gorgeous scenery. Ranging from sprawling traditional luxury complexes to intimate ryokans and Japanese folk-themed hotels, options to suit every budget and taste are readily available. With an abundance of nature all over the city, even those populating the center of town seem peaceful and remote, so choose based on hot spring reputation and style, as the scenery won't disappoint.
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