Hells of Beppu: Jigoku Onsen Guide
Beppu Jigoku Meguri Hells Tour: The Hot Spring Hells of Beppu
Do you dare to face the real HELL? The bloody red pond with rising steam just like “hell” does really exist in Japan. Visit the world’s most horrific and scary natural hot springs ONLY in Japan!!! The Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hell Tour) is a popular tourist attraction with a kind of onsen baths not for bathing but for viewing. Witness the unique and colourful onsen like in no other place!
Hell Tour (地獄めぐり)
Beppu Onsen is one of the most popular Onsen resorts in Japan, which is located in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu Region. Beppu City is home to over 2,000 hot spring sources, various kinds of Onsen baths and attractions can be enjoyed such as sand bath, steam bath and the most unique one, “Hells”.
There are 7 hot spring ponds in total called “Hells (Jigoku in Japanese)” in Beppu. A journey through those hells is a popular tourist route in this Onsen district, and the tour is called “Jigoku Meguri” (the Hell Tour).
Each hell of Beppu has a unique feature:
Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell)-with boiling blue water
Chinoike Jigoku (Blood Pond Hell)-with hot red water
Tatsumaki Jigoku (Tornado Hell)-featuring a hot geyser that reaches up to 30 meters
Shiraike Jigoku (White Pond Hell)-with hot white water surrounded by a Japanese garden
Oniishi Bozu Jigoku (Monk’s Head Hell)-with boiling mud
Oniyama Jigoku (Demon Mountain Hell)-with a large number of crocodiles
Kamado Jigoku (Cooking Pot Hell)-with various hot spring pond and a demon statue
Onsen is not only soaking up and relaxing our bodies, but can be also an unique attractions like the Hells in Beppu! After surviving from the scary hell tour, you should definitely treat yourself with ”Jigokumushi Purin”. It’s a sweet custard pudding made by the natural steam of Beppu hot spring sold at several hells.
-Beppu Hell Tour (Jigoku Meguri)
Access: The 7 hells can be accessed from JR Beppu station by bus which takes around 15 mins ride and get off at Kannawa stop. (Bus number: 2,5,9,24,41)
Hours: 8:00 to 17:00
Fee: 400 yen per hell OR 2,000 yen for all (available for 2 days)
Official website: http://www.beppu-jigoku.com/
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