Beppu's Hell Tour
What we'll do
Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell) and Chinoike Jigoku Blood Pond Hell are part of the "Hells of Beppu," an area that has been designated a national place of scenic beauty. Oniyama Jigoku Hell, also called as "Crocodile Hell," is known for being the first place in Japan to use heat from hot springs to breed crocodiles starting in 1923. There are seven locations in the Hells of Beppu, and this tour has chosen three of them. As to why it's refereed to as the "Hells," how about you come here to see for yourself? One of the charms of this tour is with the final spot at Shibaseki Onsen where you can experience a feeling of "heaven."
- Price per person
- 5,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
1Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell)
Umi Jigoku (lit. sea hell) is one of the boiling springs that came into existence about 1200 years ago following the eruption of Mt. Tsurumidake. The name was given because its surface is cobalt blue like the sea. Its temperature is about 98°C (208°F), and it is said to be more than 200 m (656 ft) deep. In the park, Amazon royal water lilies and tropical water lilies are grown using hot spring heat, and the best time to see them is from early May to late November.
2Oniyama Jigoku Hell
Called "hell" in Beppu, Oniyama Jigoku Hell is famous for the large number of hot spring spouts that can be seen in the area. Over a thousand years ago, the sight of the fumes, hot mud, and hot water that come spewing out from the spouts was considered an abhorrence, hence the dismal name. Currently, however, there are many things for visitors to enjoy here, including souvenir shops for each of the hot springs, foot baths, and the especially popular "tour of hell" which takes participants to several different spots. Even with all of this, though, Oniyama Jigoku Hell has another name: about 80 crocodiles are being raised here, causing it to also be called "crocodile hell." In fact, here in 1923 was the first time that the heat from hot springs was used for crocodile breeding in Japan. A stuffed crocodile that is said to have had the longest lifespan in the world (71 years old at time of death) can also be seen here.
3Chinoike Jigoku Blood Pond Hell
Chinoike Jigoku Blood Pond Hell is just one of the "jigoku" (hell), which are steaming hot spring sources, way too hot to bathe in located in perhaps the most famous and popular hot spring districts in Japan in Beppu city, Oita prefecture. As the name suggests, this particular "jigoku" is red in color, making it look like a pool of boiling hot blood, as it bubbles and steams! At 78℃, this "jigoku" get its color due to the minerals and iron in the rocks it lays in, and through the process of iron oxidation. So why don't you visit this hellish blood pond and take some photos at this uniquely Japanese spot!
The Shibaseki Onsen in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture is a natural hot spring that is said to have great effects on health. It is reported that in 895, the Daigo Emperor and later in 1044 the Go-Reizei Emperor both visited the Shibaseki Onsen to treat their diseases. The onsen has two regular baths with different temperatures, a hot steam basin, an open air bath and a private family bath.