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Raihan R
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia179 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Rented a car and took a day trip from Niseko to Noboribetsu. Stopped at Lake Toya for lunch before proceeding to Jigokudani and a good thing too because the town was pretty dead and because it was raining when we arrived it was quite hard for us to walk around. Parking is available for a small fee just across the entrance to Jigokudani. As it was raining some paths was closed but we still enjoyed the view from the main path. Beautiful place with a unique landscape. Toilets are available and a small souvenir shop is located at the front where you can buy an umbrella for Y500 if in case it rains suddenly.
Written April 4, 2020
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anaest
Vancouver, Canada1,441 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We were here end of Dec. It was walking distance from our ryokan and from the shopping street, about 15 mins to the starting of the hike. There are a few hikes but not all are accessible in the winter. We did a big loop and really like it. The scene was fantastic, I think more so in the winter with the surrounding snow and yet smoking hot volcano in the mist of all these “coldness” - very serene.

Be sure to wear appropriate foot wear as the slope can be icy and therefore very slippery. Also walk perpendicular to the slope. We saw quite a few people slipped and fell.
Written January 5, 2020
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fanny n
Indonesia109 contributions
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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Aznor
Singapore, Singapore76 contributions
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, China4,216 contributions
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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Ariella35
Portland,OR592 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
We stayed at a near by Onsen hotel for a weekend getaway in July 2013. Jigokudani or the volcanic park was within walking distance from our hotel. It is called Hell Valley because of the natural geysers and sulferic smoke, so of course it resembles something out of Dante's inferno and that must be where traditional Japanese "Oni" or devil's reside. This is why the town is filled with Oni statues of various shapes and with different stories. The view point overlooking the valley of hell is really beautiful. From the Jigokudani look out point there is a sign to take a photo by, and the landscape resembles something from another planet, with smoke blowing across the rocks. Lots of tourists flock there, and whole bus loads of them were unloading in the parking lot during our summer visit. If the look out point up above is too crowded for photographs, you can follow the path down the trail to another quieter view point.

I advise dressing for the season. In summer it's quite hot and limited shade. Wear a hat or bring an umbrella. In winter bundle up as it gets very cold. Wear good walking shoes if you plan on hiking on any of the trails as the terrain is uneven in places. I recommend getting a map of the area at the tourist association or checking out the sign near the bathrooms with the display map. You can follow various trails to other sights in the area. About a 30 minute trail will take you to Oyunuma a sulfurous pond nearby. There is also a natural foot bath to soak your feet in. and a bubbling mud pond.

If you are staying in the area, the town puts on an Oni fire dancing performance on some nights at the Jigokundani look out point. It's free to attend but get there early for a seat on the cement steps or up on the hill. The night we watched the show, there were more than 2000 visitors crammed in that small area. Oni's or devils in costumes danced to taiko drumming and then shot off cannons of fire works in a fire "dance" on the cliff side. We were entertained by the short show.
We really enjoyed Jigokudani and honestly I prefer that it's more about spending time in the natural beauty as opposed to an overly developed tourist attraction. It is what you make of it, but we found it to be a relaxing Onsen get away. It is one of my favorite areas to visit on Hokkaido.
Written September 29, 2013
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adilah z
36 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Overall, I think it is worthwhile to make a trip to visit this place.

This was my experience to get to this place:

a) Take a JR train from Sapporo Station to Noboribetsu Station. The duration is 1 hour 15 mins/way and it costs 4480 Yen/way.

b) Once you've reached Noboribetsu Station, you have 3 options to get to Jigokudani (Hell Valley), either by car rental or bus or taxi. Initially we wanted to take the bus to Oyunama Footbath Entrance and then take another bus to Jigokudani. You can purchase the bus ticket from the machine in the train station itself before boarding the bus. Make sure you check the bus schedule first when considering to take the bus as the buses are limited. The bus stop is right outside Noboribetsu Station. ANYWAY, we purchased our tickets and then we checked the bus schedule (big mistake) and that was when we realised that we had to wait for at least another hour to get a bus. We waited for 30 mins and there was only the bus that was bound for Jigokudani Onsen and no other operating buses. Another bus approached the bus stop but it was OUT OF SERVICE. We were pretty shocked and frustrated that there were limited number of buses despite it being one of the 'must-see places in Hokkaido'. One thing that to improve on would be providing more buses and trips to and fro Jigokudani (whether it is to Jigokudani Onsen or Oyunama Footbath or whatsoever).

c) We didn't want to wait for any more uncertainties and did not want to waste any more time, so we just took a taxi to Hell Valley's main entrance. There were 3 of us and it costs about 3000Y for a 15 mins drive which I thought was not bad. There weren't many taxis on the way back, so we walked for about 5 mins to get to Jigokudani Onsen and luckily saw a taxi passing by and the taxi driver drove us back to Noboribetsu Station. We wasted our bus tickets since we took a taxi to and fro, BUT at least it was more reliable and convenient for us.

Jigokudani (Hell Valley) was beautiful. If you're up for the hike, you could follow different trails to get you to different spots. From Hell Valley, you could walk for about 1.3km/way to reach Oyunuma Foot Bath. My dad and I managed to walk half way but he was exhausted from it because the trail was uphill most of the way and also it started to rain. We found this beautiful area where there were benches as you take the trail to Oyunuma Foot Bath that is a good photography spot with lots of natural sunlight.

Advice:

1) Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be lots of walking
2) Bring an umbrella if you're traveling in summer as it rained quite a lot when we were there
3) Please take the taxi if you don't want any hassle
4) Please wear comfortable clothes if you are planning to go hiking
Written July 13, 2018
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Ong Li Rui
Singapore, Singapore628 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
There was only an loutdoor carpark outside the entrance 500¥ per entry, all around the whole street no parking therefore you have to park your car in this carpark then walking around Souvenir shop, drug shop, convenient shop, restaurant, hotel & etc. Only around 5 parking slots in front of convenient store, may be 1-2 parking slots in front of the restaurant, but most of it seems like cannot park.

We drive from Lake Toya make a day trip here & also River Oyunuma natural footbath. The natural walk was nice but it was overrated & too commercial. We didn't spend much time here, & heading back to Lake Toya for foods.

If you drive from Lake Toya, use free toll Usu national highway 453 and small road 2.

Thanks for the vote if you found this helpful :D
Written August 14, 2017
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KopiMocha
Singapore, Singapore721 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
It may not be as great as those in USA or New Zealand, but I still find it worth a visit. If you drive, please note that there are 2 main car parks in the park. One is at the entrance, and the other is at Oyunuma Pond 大湯沼. You just need to purchase one parking ticket and you are eligible to park at both, so do not lose your parking ticket. A number of tourists were unaware of the parking at Oyunuma Pond. If you walk up it will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours return. If you drive, do not miss Lake Kuttara 俱多樂湖, it is about 15 minutes drive further up after Oyunuma Pond and is least visited by foreign tourists. Big coach bus is unable to reach the spot. The lake is recognized as having the best water quality in all of Japan, ranks second only to Lake Mashū.
Written September 22, 2015
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Rokiah N
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia35 contributions
Oct 2019
We took the Limited Hokuto Express from Sapporo Station to Noboribetsu to visit the
famous Oyunuma hot spring river. Our fare is covered by the Hokkaido flexible 4 days pass. The journey from Sapporo Station took about 1 hr 30 minutes. Once we got off the train at Noboribetsu station we have to climb a flight of steep steps to the bridge to get to the other side of the tracks where the train station office is located. For those with heavy luggage this may be a problem.

Inside the train station there are toilet facilities ,bus ticket machines and manned counters . There is a local guide to assist tourists at the station and she was very helpful in giving us advise how to go to the Oyunuma RIver. We took a bus from the train station and was advised to get off at the last stop where we just walked about five minutes to the entrance of the forest to access the hot spring river where we can soak our feet . We crossed a bridge and walked for about 7 minutes and we were a bit scared initially as it was very quiet as there was no one in sight. However our fear was unfounded when we arrived at the spot where there were places along the river where one can sit and soak their feet . There were many people here.We soaked our feet for about 30 minutes before deciding to trek following the trail along the river to see the sulphur lake and the source of the hot spring river . The tracks are easy to follow as long as one is moderaley fit .We walked all the way up to view the lake and its beautiful surrounding sceneries.

The river is beautiful and at certain stretches the color of the water is bluish. We were here in mid October and were a bit dissappointed as the trees have yet to turn their full autumn colors .Nonetheless we enjoyed the experience and would recommend this place .
Written October 28, 2019
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