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Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell)
Ranked #1 of 60 things to do in Unzen
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed May 27, 2017

We had a great day which started with hiking one of the nearby mountains, then walking down to the various Jigoku at ground level. Really amazing to see the bubbling-hot water come up from the ground. There are various trails that you can take, which allow you to view all of the different Jigoku. Allow a few hours to walk around at a leisurely pace.

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Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

Just a note on how to get there: I took a train with great views to Shimbara from Isahaya. You get off at Shimbara station (don't stay on till the port) then walk on in the same direction. Ignore the bus garage on your left, the bus terminal soon appears on your right. There are timetables in English, and you can buy the ticket from the machine. It is Y800. The buses don't have English subtitles so memorise the Japanese symbols for Unzen Onsen (pagoda-T-trident). When you get on, take a ticket which will have a number on it from a machine. When you get off, drop both tickets in the fare box. Neither the staff at the bus terminal nor the driver spoke English but they were all most helpful.

The place was surprisingly quiet on a Wednesday. There are pipes in some of the springs, which spoil the effect, but the best two you will see don't have this. The maps are excellent, at every path junction.

The hot springs are very impressive, and it was unexpected not to see everything stained yellow, given the strong sulphur smell. My favourite thing was the Mud Hole - it's on the maps but easy to miss. Here springs spew out clay and make miniature volcanoes: I could have watched them for hours.

It was a lovely day, and I took the bus back to Isahaya (Y1350). The bus terminus is very near the station.

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Reviewed April 4, 2017 via mobile

Very beautiful sights however the hiking trail is very short and all the pipes pumping the water to the onsens disturbed the view a bit.

Thank Anouk v
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Reviewed March 11, 2017

My Japanese friend and I travelled up from Obama to (just) make the 8.15 tour, run by Nagasaki Council (or environmental agency, not sure which!). Excellent! We were handed torches, but we could almost see anyway as the moon was full and shining brightly. I don't know whether it was better at night than by day, but the tour was certainly atmospheric, with the added excitement of only hearing the woman's voice behind the hiss the loud onsen at night. Well, that was the guide's story, and who am I to doubt it! Unzen is quite hard to find in the dark, and our guide spoke little English, but it was still well worth the effort.

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Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

It starts out slow, but gets better as you head deeper in. Look for the place where the steam runs under the road for a nice sauna experience. Also, keep an eye out for the hell cats!

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