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Unzen Jigoku Hell

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Address: Obamacho Unzen, Unzen 854-0621, Nagasaki Prefecture
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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... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
Robin H
Durham, United Kingdom
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Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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... More 

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Reviewed 5 April 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
Durham, United Kingdom
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405 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 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... More 

1 Thank Robin H
Osaka, Japan
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 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!

Thank hadaka_naked
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131 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

This was one of my highlights for the year at Kyushu. We were with bunch of friends on Sunday day trip and silence came to group when we saw the place

Thank Vesa M
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

A must visit if in unzen. Especially if you have never been to such thermal landscape before. Can spend 2 to 3 hours walking among the hot pools. There's sulphur smell but didn't find it overwhelming. Recommend staying in one of the onsen hotels fronting the jigoku for a relaxing time. We stayed in Fukiya. Best of all entrance is... More 

Thank Dominoking
Kawasaki, Japan
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312 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

As the road to ropeway was closed due to thick fog and strong wind and ropeway itself stopped operation, I instead walked around in this area alone(I did not see anybody else) in the rain with thick fog, wind and sulphur gas(not dangerous though) from the hot springs. I was moved by the plate referring to martyres(Japanese,Spanish,Portuguese and Mexicans)sometimes executed... More 

Thank Keizo
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Reached this Onsen town by bus from Shimabara, using the day pass for tourists. It is certainly worth the ride up into the mountain for the scenery and to walk through Unzen Jigoku Hell. There are signs along the way relating to wild life, flora and history which are very helpful.

Thank jedda
McLean, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

I spent several hours over two days (not much else to do) walking through. I stayed down in Obama, which was a mistake (too far away and a dull town). Most tourists only visit the part across the street from the "octagonal" park visitor's center, not the large part of the park on the same side of the street. That's... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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207 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

You come to Unzen for the baths. But walk around the hell before you take your first bath. The walk is easy and most part of the path is wheeler friendly. There are plenty picture spots.

2 Thank ChungkaiSin

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