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“Stinky yet gorgeous”

Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell)
Ranked #1 of 60 things to do in Unzen
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

It was an amazing experience to see the immensity of these hydrogen sulfide vents. There is white bleached mud everywhere. Lots of English material. And for those visiting the site, I recommend you watch Martin Scosese's film Silence. it will increase the power of the visit.

If you are sensitive to strong smells be careful. It smells like day old egg salad. after all what kind of hell does not have brimstone.

Thank Brett J
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Reviewed June 9, 2017 via mobile

Similar to what u get in Hokkaido but not as grand or polished as a tourist attraction. Still, enjoy the day outing and the smell of sulphur. Surprisingly the place was empty when we tour. Only saw another Korean tour group. That's it. We spend a good 1.5 hrs walking around and looking at details. It was peaceful day.

Thank Nicholas Y
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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.

Thank wanderbuffs
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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.

Thank johnnychips
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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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