Jigokudani
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  • Victor K
    Hong Kong, China570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice at Night
    The whole area has interesting thermal features with colour coded trails to choose from. Most trails take less than 15 minutes. Free of charge for entrance while parking charges 500 yen each time. Not sure if one payment covers all carpark in the area. Look like so. Parking during evening is free. Overall the area is not too big and most people should manage to cover the majority on foot. The Green Trail offers night walking which is a higlight. You better check with hotel staff if it's available during the season of your visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • meche0009
    London, United Kingdom87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An 'other-worldly' sort of place ... and a little smelly ;-p
    This is within a fairly easy and short walk from the Noribetsu onsen resort town. It is a really 'other-worldly' sort of place and if you've not seen volcanic springs before, it is definitely something to go and see. We were staying in the resort and wandered up here after checking in, so later on in the afternoon. We looked around the valley and then did the forest walk (quite steep at times, but the path was reasonable) over to Oyunuma pond and the hot stream. It should be noted, as you would probably expect that there is a quite a strong smell of sulphur around the place. My teenage daughter and I thought it was a good place to visit
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • SenMING
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia89 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Noboribetsu in December 2022
    We were there last December, basically the place is fully cover with snow. It is quite slippery, need to walk carefully on the walk path. My children like the place a lot, for Asian kids are usually very excited when they see snow. It is also known as the "Hell Valley" because of its volcanic activity and sulfuric smell. The valley was filled with steam vents, boiling ponds, and bubbling mud pools that emitted a strong smell of sulfur.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Ernest W
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Onsen hot spring in Japan
    Oyunuma Lake/Pond in Jigokudani is a beautiful steaming pond (over 200° bottom and 120° at the surface overflowing into the Onoyuma River which is a hot steam river meandering thru a mystical forest where you can sooth your tired feet in the most natural river hot spring and further sooth your toes and soles in the even hotter river bed filled with volcanic black sand...an out-of-world experience. Stay at the Noboribetsu Dai-ichi Takimotokan Hotel which has the largest onsen hot springs in Hokkaido with over 30 treatment pools and over 50,000sf. Be sure to stay in their Japanese style tatami rooms, and eat their incredible breakfast and dinner buffets...5 stars all around!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2024
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Bob L
Bangkok, Thailand145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Wowed by the wonders of nature. The hotsprings flow throughout the year and you can get really close to experience the wonders of mother nature. Though most people do not travel far into the valley, if you have time it is worth the while to spend quite some time here. Bring a mask just in case you are prone to the effects of sulphur which comes out of the ground all the time. Note that there is no sale of food and drinks so be prepared. Parking for us was 500 yen and we had all the food and drinks we needed in the car. After that, it was either a short drive or a leisurely walk to the only shopping street in Noboribetsu, where there are many restaurants worht visiting and shops to get souvenirs. Make sure that you pay duty free for the things you purchase.
Written April 20, 2023
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Ernest W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Oyunuma Lake/Pond in Jigokudani is a beautiful steaming pond (over 200° bottom and 120° at the surface overflowing into the Onoyuma River which is a hot steam river meandering thru a mystical forest where you can sooth your tired feet in the most natural river hot spring and further sooth your toes and soles in the even hotter river bed filled with volcanic black sand...an out-of-world experience. Stay at the Noboribetsu Dai-ichi Takimotokan Hotel which has the largest onsen hot springs in Hokkaido with over 30 treatment pools and over 50,000sf. Be sure to stay in their Japanese style tatami rooms, and eat their incredible breakfast and dinner buffets...5 stars all around!
Written June 9, 2024
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Victor K
Hong Kong, China570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The whole area has interesting thermal features with colour coded trails to choose from. Most trails take less than 15 minutes. Free of charge for entrance while parking charges 500 yen each time. Not sure if one payment covers all carpark in the area. Look like so. Parking during evening is free. Overall the area is not too big and most people should manage to cover the majority on foot. The Green Trail offers night walking which is a higlight. You better check with hotel staff if it's available during the season of your visit.
Written July 9, 2023
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WYuqinng
Singapore, Singapore29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Getting there - Bought a Noboribetsu Area Pass and took a JR train to Noboribetsu Station. There’s a direct bus from the station to Jigokudani.

Quite a breathtaking sight and we feel that it’s a must to visit when you’re in Hokkaido. Please take note that’s it’s quite dangerous to visit during winter as the slopes are slippery. Do not recommend to being along elderly during winter. There’s also some restaurants and a bear park nearby for you to visit after visiting the hell valley.
Written January 26, 2023
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fanny n
Indonesia111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
went to visit this place during winter and a bit later in the afternoon, we got to see the rock formations with and without the lights along the pathways. it was beautiful and a nice place to have a bit of a walk. however, if you can't stand the smell of sulfur, please avoid this place. this place is nicely located near onsen hotels/accommodations too.
Written January 9, 2020
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paulynyyy
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
A short visit for us to the Hell Valley before going to our Ryokan. We came by coach, so not much of walking. However, it was quite cold and walking around was bit of challenge (slippery) during winter season.
The sulfur smell didn't bother me much and this place is good for panoramic photos.
Written January 30, 2023
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SenMING
Johor Bahru, Malaysia89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We were there last December, basically the place is fully cover with snow. It is quite slippery, need to walk carefully on the walk path. My children like the place a lot, for Asian kids are usually very excited when they see snow.

It is also known as the "Hell Valley" because of its volcanic activity and sulfuric smell. The valley was filled with steam vents, boiling ponds, and bubbling mud pools that emitted a strong smell of sulfur.
Written September 26, 2023
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meche0009
London, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This is within a fairly easy and short walk from the Noribetsu onsen resort town. It is a really 'other-worldly' sort of place and if you've not seen volcanic springs before, it is definitely something to go and see. We were staying in the resort and wandered up here after checking in, so later on in the afternoon. We looked around the valley and then did the forest walk (quite steep at times, but the path was reasonable) over to Oyunuma pond and the hot stream.
It should be noted, as you would probably expect that there is a quite a strong smell of sulphur around the place.
My teenage daughter and I thought it was a good place to visit
Written August 10, 2023
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Aznor
Singapore, Singapore76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Went as a day trip from Sapporo.

Few hiking trails that are pretty peaceful compared to the crowded entrance areas.

Nice footbath hot spring to relax the tired feet along the path.
Written February 23, 2020
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Hong Kong, China5,993 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is the well known Hell Valley which steam rises from the mountains and hot water bubbles up from the Tessen Ike geyser. Japanese demon statues are everywhere to decorate this area and make it looks like a hell.
But you can't jump into the natural hot spring pool for free but you have to pay a visit at any nearby spa hot spring pool. But it is still worth a visit because it's free of charge to enter this thermal park.

Written September 1, 2019
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