Jigoku Meguri Tour

A trip to Beppu, Japan’s unofficial onsen capital is all about hot springs. But before taking the dip in some of the best onsen around the country, there’s a group of hot springs known as Jigoku or “hells” which although not apt for bathing, are still a sight to be seen. The Jigoku Meguri Tour is made up of seven hells and here we’ll give you a run down of what they are all about.

Jigoku Meguri Tour

To get started with the tour, we recommend you pick up the Jigoku Meguri ticket booklet which includes passes for all seven hells and at 2,000 yen per booklet, is a cheaper deal than paying 500 yen for each hell separately. Five of the hells are located within walking distance of each other in Kannawa Onsen and can be toured fairly quickly. The remaining two are located in the Shibaseki District and a bit far from Kannawa, it is best to take the the available tour bus to get to these two.

Shiraike Jigoku

Shiraike Jigoku
Shiraike Jigoku

The name of the hells is derived from their features and Shiraike is the “White Pond Hell” thanks to its blue-white colour. If you’re starting the tour in central Kannawa, this is the first you come across. Once you’re and done checking out this unique pond, make your way around it and head for the aquarium hidden next to the garden. You’ll be able to come face to face with rare piranhas and other rare water creatures.

Oniyama Jigoku

Oniyama Jigoku
Oniyama Jigoku

The “Oniyama Hell” is one of the most popular of the seven hells and not necessarily for its water. Apparently, the pressure created by the steam’s force is strong enough to pull one and a half train cars, thank to this pressure, the water at this hell has the perfect conditions to breed crocodiles which you’ll get to meet in large numbers. Just don’t bother them as they are basking in the sun.

Kamado Jigoku

Kamado Jigoku
Kamado Jigoku

Kamado Jigoku or the “Oven Hell” is so called because long ago, it’s steam was used for cooking food. Once passed the towering Aka-Oni or red demon which is the symbol of this hell, you can relax your feet in the foot bath, enjoy the steam as it hits your face, and admired the different coloured-ponds including the deep-red pond that reacts to your breath. The highlight for many though is being able to boiled eggs and corn as it was done in the past.

Umi Jigoku

Umi Jigoku
Umi Jigoku

The “Sea Hell” gets his name as it is said to resemble the sea. Whether you agree or not, it cannot be denied this is one of the prettiest hells of the whole bunch. Not only can you admire the water and boiled eggs in it, but the grounds include a Japanese garden, and its very own inari shrine, thus the red torii gates. Take your time here and stroll around the gardens or simply hang out at the cafe terrace and enjoy the natural beauty.

Oniishi Bozu Jigoku

Oniishi Bozu Jigoku
Oniishi Bozu Jigoku

The last one of the “Hells” in Kannawa Onsen is the Oniishi Bozu Jigoku. The main attraction here are the boiling mud pools and the mud bubbles formed inside of them. As with the Umi Jigoku, the grounds here as also pleasing to the eye and it is worth spending some time at this hell. There’s also a free foot bath which is at times filled with local citrus fruits as an added health bonus.

Chinoike Jigoku’

Chinoike Jigoku’
Chinoike Jigoku’

Over in the Shibaseki District, the “Blond Pond Hell” gets its name from the deep red colour of the water. There’s not much happening besides the natural beauty of the hells which is reason enough to make a stop here. With its constant steam and the surrounding greenery it is one of the most picturesque of all the hells.

Tatsumaki Jigoku

Tatsumaki Jigoku
Tatsumaki Jigoku

Rounding out the tour and also in the Shibaseki District, the Tatsumaki Jigoku or “Spout Hell” is famous for its boiling hot geyser which spits out every 30-40 minutes. There’s even a large stage from where to catch the spectacle. After the 6-minute show grab an omiyage and head back to central Beppu to enjoy what else is on offer.

Facility Name
Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hot Springs Tour)
Address
Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 559-1
Phone
0977661577
Hours
8:00-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Common admission tickets] Adults 2000yen, High School Students 1350yen, Junior High School Students 1000yen, Elementary School Students 900yen
Parking Lot
Available
Credit Card
Not available
Introduction
For over a thousand years, the gasses, hot mud, and boiling waters erupting from beneath the area from Kanawa to Kamegawa have led it to being called the Jigoku (Hells) of Beppu. In 2009, four hot springs, Umi (Sea) Jigoku, Chinoike (Blood Pond) Jigoku, Tatsumaki Jigoku, and Shiraike (White Pond) Jigoku were designated as National Places of Scenic Beauty. Visiting these four hot springs in addition to three other famous ones is fun and enjoyable. In addition to hot spring eggs (slow boiled in hot spring waters), hell-themed souvenirs such as Chinoike ointment, and Enman no Yu (bath salts) are popular to take home and give to friends. A 15-minute drive by car from JR Beppu Station.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Shiraike Jigoku
Address
Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 283-1
Hours
8:00-17:00
Introduction
A feature of Shiraike Jigoku is its slightly bluish white spring water. When the water gushes from the ground, it is transparent; but when it falls into the pond, its color changes due to the decrease in temperature and pressure. The circumference of the pond is surrounded by small Japanese gardens, and there is a statue of the Saint Ippen Shonin who is considered to have laid the foundation for Beppu’s hot spring district. Also, at the tropical fish aquarium located at the back of the grounds, piranha from the Amazon are bred. The hot spring has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Oniyama Jigoku
Address
Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 625
Hours
8:00-17:00
Introduction
In 1923, for the first time in Japan, the breeding of crocodiles was started which used the heat from a hot spring—the place is also referred to as “Crocodile Hell”. There are a number of crocodile breeding areas surrounding the Jigoku pond, and the number of crocodiles kept there is roughly 70. At the weekend, there is also an event where a member of staff gives food to the crocodiles, so you can observe the exciting moment when the crocodiles are fed.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Kamado Jigoku
Address
Oita Pref. Beppushi Miyuki 5 sets of 2
Hours
8:00-17:00
Introduction
The name comes from when they used the steam of the spring water to cook rice as an offering on the occasion of the grand festival of the shrine god, Kamado Hachimangu Shrine. There are six types of hot spring on the grounds and as each have different characteristics such as color, etc. they have been classified into ranks from one to six to make them user friendly. Experience-based facilities are also a feature of this hot spring, such as the demonstrations to increase steam, the high temperature throat and skin steam and the foot bath.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Umi Jigoku
Address
Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 559-1
Phone
0977660121
Hours
8:00-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[One place Admission fee gold] Adults 400 yen, High School Students 300 yen, Junior High School Students 250 yen, Elementary School Students 200 yenen
[Admission fee to view common hero] Adults 2000 yen, High School Students 1350 yen, Junior High School Students 1000 yen, Elementary School Students 900 yen
Parking Lot
Available(220spaces) ※Free
Credit Card
Available (Ocean Hell inside store (souvenir department only))
Introduction
Umi Jigoku boasts of being the largest among the Beppu Jigoku hot springs. The beautiful cobalt blue color is due to iron sulphate in the hot spring water. Royal water lilies and tropical water lilies are cultivated using the heat from the hot spring and the flowers will be at their best from early May until early November. At the Bon Festival event, lower grade elementary school children (up to 20 kilograms) can get on the leaves of the royal water lilies that float in the pond. There is also a footbath. The hot spring has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Chinoike Jigoku
Address
Oita Pref. Beppushi Noda 778
Phone
0120459554
Hours
8:00-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Admission 400 yards
Parking Lot
Available
Credit Card
Available (shop only)
Introduction
As the name says, this is a bright red hot spring which brims with hell. The pond itself is quite large with a depth of more than 30 meters and a width of 1,300 square meters, and the appearance of the steam rising up is a spectacle. Red hot mud which contains such metals as iron oxide and magnesium oxide from the stratum jet out and deposit, resulting in the pond gets dyed red due to the deposited material. There is an adjoining restaurant where you can taste the Beppu specialty of steaming hell and Oita’s local cuisine. There is also a footbath. The hot spring has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Ryumakijigoku
Address
Oita Pref. Beppushi Noda 782
Phone
0977661854
Business hours
8-17
Regular holiday
open everday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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