Hells of Beppu
Hells of Beppu
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These eight boiling pools resulting from volcanic activity have varying characteristics: one is blood-red in color due to its red clay deposits, another has the largest geyser in Japan, and still another is used for breeding crocodiles.
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  • The travel survivalist (YouTube)
    Shropshire, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    7 Hells of fun
    Highly recommend this place. I arrived into Beppu station and walked outside, you'll see the Beppu Onsen hand bath and the Shiny uncle statue. Once you leave beppu station head to the right of these statues and you'll arrive at the information point where you can buy a bus pass, 7 hells of Beppu tickets and so forth. I recommend buying the bus pass for 1000 yen this gives you unlimited travel in the local area on buses all day. Purchase the pass for the 7 hells here too. I believe it cost ¥2100. The bus (3 I believe) takes you to the first hell (Umi Jigoku). Which is where the giant Lillypad room is, and Umi Jigoku sea hell. The rest of the 5 hells are within walking distance from this location. Oniishi Bozu Jigoku the mud hell is cool to see as well, there's a free footbath there. I'd recommend all hells, but my favourite hell was Oniishi Bozu Jigoku where you can try steam cooked food (which is delicious) it's pretty cheap too. I was really surprised. The last two hells are about 2.7km. This took me 15 minutes to walk. It was a nice walk. I wouldn't really recommend the bus pass, but it's a life saver taking the bus from the station to the sea hell and then from the 7th. If you don't like walking much definitely buy this pass. Overall I had a great experience. I really enjoyed here. I don't like beppu much, but seriously loved this place. Highly recommended. I've seen countless reviews of people slating the hells, but personally I had a lot of fun.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Tony Y
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the bus touring the hot springs.
    We came in via a MSC cruise ship. We did our homework ahead of time. we did not pay the $12 going to the nus terminal. We sent to the bus station 200 yards from the ship going to the Hot Springs. Make sure you have change for the bus. The driver does not have change. There are two groups of springs, 5 spring on one and 3 on the other one. You have to catch the bus going from one group to another. These springs are unique. They are all different. It is the main attractions there. So go for it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 November 2023
  • alohatripper
    Honolulu, Hawaii1,624 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sulfur smells and plumes of smoke
    Our first stop once we disembarked on the island of Kyushu from the ferry was to visit this unique attraction in Beppu. On approach, there are plumes of smoke from different places, but the biggest plumes lead us here. There is an admission charge to see more than one hot springs, but, in retrospect, I don't think it's worth it to pay more than the basic fee. Besides the plumes of smoke, the acrid sulfur smell hits our sensory organs. The steam vents remind me of the lava tubes on the Big Island's Volcano National Park. There are many tourists, many Chinese speakers from Taiwan, China, or Singapore. I found this attraction worthwhile if you don't pay extra.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 November 2023
  • Subren
    45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice place to visit
    Pretty good place, views are nice. There is a souvenir shop too. Only downside was, you either have to use bus or taxi to go there. The bus can take a while. We stayed there until the place was closed, so we had to ask the staff to call a taxi for us and they did more than just calling us a taxi, the staff waited with us until the taxi arrived! Wow such a service! Overall this place really is beautiful.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 January 2024
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Krubee
Singapore, Singapore658 contributions
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May 2023 • Couples
Japan is famous for its natural Hot Springs being an archipelago with active volcanoes. And being a temperate country, these hot springs or Onsen serve as a retreat, relaxation, healing and attraction not just for locals but for tourists alike for hundreds of years. Some hot springs have been used as a natural or commercial baths or resorts and some who are deemed too hot serves as a natural attraction and everlasting wonder of nature. One of the places of scenic beauty in Japan, it is located in Beppu’s Kannawa and Kamegawa districts also known as Jigoku or the Seven Hells of Beppu. It has 7 different hot springs which were naturally formed and with different beauty, presence, colors and mystery. For this Exceptional review will be in the Kannawa area.

To get here, we need to take Bus from Beppu station and got off at Kannawa stop and from here we crossed the street unto its main entance. Ticket is around 400 Yen for individual Hells or 2000 Yen for all 7. And since we arrived so late literally 15 mins before closing and we don’t have time to come back to Beppu in our trip we informed the staff if its alright for us to enter. We said we just have to see and take photos quickly and luckily they still allowed us to enter and we truly appreciate them for giving us a chance for just a few mins!!! Kudos to the staff of Hells of Beppu. The first Hell that greeted us is the Umi or Sea Jigoku, with its hot steaming white smoke coming from its 200m deep water and stunning Cobalt Blue waters. Located just ahead of the Red Torii gates in the middle of a beautilful Japanese garden against the backdrop of lush greeneries, flowers and bountiful nature - Umi is the largest of the hells famed for its Cobalt Blue colour. What an astonishing site indeed to greet you first and truly a wonderful work of nature!!!

The Cobal Blue color, boiling water and the steaming white smoke are giving you a relaxing and mesmerizing atmosphere, scenery and experience. In fact, its so beautiful to be part of Hell as it was. Up to this day, I still could not forget that moment when we first saw this Blue hot spring!!! Coming from combination of mostly deep earth Gas, Iron sulfate oxide-rich steam that goes to as high as 98 celcius. These onsens are not for bathing and mostly for viewing due to its dangerous high temperature. Since we reached by closing time we have the unexpected advantage of taking those lovely photos and videos without a lot of people and photo bombers - meaning we have the place almost entirely on our own with just a bit of last few remaining tourists. Just across the Umi is a big Water Lily pond where it gets the replenishment of hot water from this onsen. The pond is as equally as beautilful like the Umi and it has benches all around perfect for resting and taking your memorable shots.

After a few mins of immersing and taking it all in on this extraordinary and incredible work of nature we headed our way to the next Jigoku which is the Red one called Chinoike or Blood Pond hell which has a dazzling Red water as suppose to the Umi and its also a bit smaller compared to the latter. It is the oldest pool amongts the 7 and its a Red hot mud containing iron oxide, magnesium and other minerals which produce this vivid Red color. It is around 30m deep and 78C degrees hot. The pool is surrounded by a beautilful garden and large stones with a black metal railings for protection. White steam is oozing from the hot waters non stop and it has a more powerful vibes than the calming Umi but we loved them both!!! We took our lovely and unforgettable photos and videos here and even though its already past 6 in the evening the staff allowed us to finish what were doing and is not rushing us to get out which I truly admire - they prioritize first for the concerns and wonderful experience of their customers - again another thumbs up!!!

Finally, since its past closing time of the site, we have to exit the facility as the last visitors that day but we decided to go take some Onsen experience which is just located at the back of the facility. Since we were already satisfied with Umi and Chinoike we could just go back to Beppu anytime to visit the rest of the hells. However, surprisingly as we walked to the Onsen facility to our right with some miracle we saw the 3rd Jigoku - Oniishi Bouzu or just simply Bozu. Since Meiji era, it has become a popular attraction due to its unique boiling Gray hot mud which looks like a shaved head. It consists of Sodium Monochloride and with a water temp of 99 degrees. We saw Bouzu outside and just like the first 2, it is situated in the middle of garden surrounded by rocks and metal railings. We took some amazing shots and videos even from outside including a selfie hehe. There is a open air public Foot onsen at this area which we could have tried if we came earlier - for sure next time when we came back!!!

The rest of the Jigokus which we didn’t have the chance to visit include Tornado hell, Shiraike, Oniyama and Funace - next time when we come back to Beppu we will surely visit them. As mentioned earlier, we have to try Beppu Onsen since this city is famous for so we went to the back just after Bouzu and they have a spectacular and relaxing Onsen facility for men/women and private for families/friends called Onishi no Yu. We tried for just 620 Yen and to our surprise the area is not crowded with just a few patrons and they come and go so it feels like we have the Onsen just for the two of us. It has a very incredible and charming view of the lush greeneries outside and with the cool calming Spring weather on a hot tub, the birds singing and the romantic sunset nothing could get better than this. It has an indoor pool with a view outside, and 2 outdoor pools on the lower and upper floors. The onsens have wooden seats to give you the absolute comfort and convenience. We tried all 3 of them and each has its own unique, serene and relaxing experience. The water temperature is almost the same for the 3 of them and naturally sourced. By far this is the best Onsen experience we ever had!!! If only we took the Private onsens we could have taken photos of this wonderful moment but for sure will do next time!!! The entrance fee consists of a towel which you could bring back home as Omiyage!!!

We left the Onsen and Hells of Beppu with a big smile in our faces, hearts and minds. There were very few people outside and the sun is just setting down in the horizon. This is definitely the cherry on top of the ice cream and glad we did it in 1 day in Beppu!!! We went back to our base in Hakata using our JR Pass again and feeling relaxed, peaceful, rejuvenated and joyful. We really did left our hearts in Beppu and surely we will come back again soon!!! See you soon Beppu!!! Mata neh!!! :=)
Written 13 April 2024
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Subren
45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Pretty good place, views are nice. There is a souvenir shop too.

Only downside was, you either have to use bus or taxi to go there. The bus can take a while.

We stayed there until the place was closed, so we had to ask the staff to call a taxi for us and they did more than just calling us a taxi, the staff waited with us until the taxi arrived! Wow such a service!

Overall this place really is beautiful.
Written 31 January 2024
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alohatripper
Honolulu, HI1,624 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Our first stop once we disembarked on the island of Kyushu from the ferry was to visit this unique attraction in Beppu. On approach, there are plumes of smoke from different places, but the biggest plumes lead us here. There is an admission charge to see more than one hot springs, but, in retrospect, I don't think it's worth it to pay more than the basic fee.
Besides the plumes of smoke, the acrid sulfur smell hits our sensory organs. The steam vents remind me of the lava tubes on the Big Island's Volcano National Park.
There are many tourists, many Chinese speakers from Taiwan, China, or Singapore.
I found this attraction worthwhile if you don't pay extra.
Written 20 November 2023
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Wraxall_Travellers
Bristol, UK1,070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We took a tour of the Hells.

There are several locations to visit.

The hot springs are different colours, from an ochre red, plaster of paris lookalike and blue.

There was a pool to dangle feet in but bring a towel. It is a relaxing experience.

We tried the egg custard which was cooked in the steam from the hells, absolutely delicious too.
Written 9 November 2023
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Tony Y
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We came in via a MSC cruise ship. We did our homework ahead of time. we did not pay the $12 going to the nus terminal. We sent to the bus station 200 yards from the ship going to the Hot Springs. Make sure you have change for the bus. The driver does not have change. There are two groups of springs, 5 spring on one and 3 on the other one. You have to catch the bus going from one group to another.
These springs are unique. They are all different. It is the main attractions there. So go for it.
Written 6 November 2023
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The travel survivalist (YouTube)
Shropshire, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Highly recommend this place. I arrived into Beppu station and walked outside, you'll see the Beppu Onsen hand bath and the Shiny uncle statue. Once you leave beppu station head to the right of these statues and you'll arrive at the information point where you can buy a bus pass, 7 hells of Beppu tickets and so forth.

I recommend buying the bus pass for 1000 yen this gives you unlimited travel in the local area on buses all day. Purchase the pass for the 7 hells here too. I believe it cost ¥2100.

The bus (3 I believe) takes you to the first hell (Umi Jigoku). Which is where the giant Lillypad room is, and Umi Jigoku sea hell.

The rest of the 5 hells are within walking distance from this location.

Oniishi Bozu Jigoku the mud hell is cool to see as well, there's a free footbath there.

I'd recommend all hells, but my favourite hell was Oniishi Bozu Jigoku where you can try steam cooked food (which is delicious) it's pretty cheap too. I was really surprised.

The last two hells are about 2.7km. This took me 15 minutes to walk. It was a nice walk. I wouldn't really recommend the bus pass, but it's a life saver taking the bus from the station to the sea hell and then from the 7th. If you don't like walking much definitely buy this pass.

Overall I had a great experience. I really enjoyed here. I don't like beppu much, but seriously loved this place. Highly recommended. I've seen countless reviews of people slating the hells, but personally I had a lot of fun.
Written 3 October 2023
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CK S
Florida110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Visit Japan @itsnaturenotai fun and interesting experience since there are different locations that you walk to. Very interesting! There are atotalnof seven sites.. be sure to eat the boiled eggs cooked in the steam..
Written 6 August 2023
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donavan94563
Orinda, CA210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The "hells" (地獄, jigoku) of Beppu are seven spectacular hot springs for viewing rather than bathing, displaying steaming ponds of various colors, bubbling mud pools and other hydrothermal activity.

The hells are presented to visitors in a rather touristy fashion which may not appeal to everybody.

Five of the seven hells are located in the Kannawa district, and two in the more remote Shibaseki district.

It was a rainy day and we decided to make a day trip to Beppu from Fukuoka by bus. Nishitetsu Bus operates numerous highway buses per day between Fukuoka and Beppu. The one way journey takes 2.5 hours and costs 3,250 yen ($23 USD each way). The buses are very comfortable and have free wifi. The bus will also make quick restroom breaks at certain stops.

NOTE: Make sure to buy your round trip ticket in advance at the bus station or online to assure your seat.

We took the bus from Hakata Bus Station at 7:30am and arrived at Kannawaguchi Stop at 10 am (one block south of the ticket office and parking lot).

NOTE: We took the bus back 2:30 pm from the Kannawaguchi bus stop (which is across the street from where the bus drops you off in the morning).

You purchase your tickets at the main ticket office. The cost is 2,200 yen for all seven springs. There is a 200 yen discount coupon which I have uploaded. People complain, however its only $14 USD per person and well worth the price of admission. You get a map and seven tickets for each of the springs.

1. Umi Jigoku
This is main spring and if you are short on time, this is the one you want to see. One of the more beautiful hells, the "sea hell" features a pond of boiling, blue water. In its spacious gardens, there are a few smaller, orange colored hells and a clear water pond with lotus flowers whose large leaves. There’s a cafe/gift shop and gallery right next to the spring in which you can sit in an air conditioned building and purchase a steamed egg and espresso and enjoy the view. In addition, there is a free covered foot bath within a Japanese garden near this hot spring.

2. Onnishibouza Jigoku
This hell is named after the mud bubbles, which emerge from boiling mud pools and look like the shaven heads of monks. There is also a foot bath with clear water. Adjacent to the hell is a public foot bath with multiple pools that costs an additional 620 yen. Just skip to other free foot baths.

3. Kamado Jigoku
The "cooking pot hell" features several boiling ponds and a flashy demon statue as cook. On the grounds, visitors can drink the free hot spring water, enjoy free hand and foot baths, inhale the hot spring steam and try various snacks cooked or steamed by the hot spring. This was a warmer foot bath than Umi Jigoku.

4. Oniyama Jigoku
A large number of crocodiles are bred and kept on the grounds of the "monster mountain hell".

5. Shiraike Jigoku
True to its name, the "white pond hell" features a pond of hot, milky water. The pond is surrounded by a nice garden and a small, run-down aquarium that has seen better days. The highlight here is the 18 year old arrowana, it’s huge and majestic.

We did not have time to walk the approximately 10 minute walk down to the other two springs. Instead we opted to eat at a nearby restaurant that specialized in steaming food with the natural springs. See Jigoku Mushi review. Make sure to allow yourself at least 1.5 hours for lunch to catch the bus back.

Below is a description of the two other springs.

6. Chinoike Jigoku
The "blood pond hell" features a pond of hot, red water and a large souvenir shop. It is reported to be one of the more photogenic hells.

7. Tatsumaki Jigoku
The "spout hell" features a boiling hot geyser, which erupts every 30-40 minutes for about 6-10 minutes. A stone plate above the geyser hinders it to reach its full height. A short walking trail leads up the forested slope in the back of the hell grounds.

All in all, a fun relatively inexpensive day trip out to the Hells of Beppu. A bit touristy, however you can't beat the special geologic features of this area. I wish I had more time to visit the onsens in the area.
Written 25 July 2023
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Nichole H
302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We did the beppu hells as a day trip from Fukuoka. Public transport was easy enough to navigate.
The first 2 hells were underwhelming and their aquarium and crocodile displays were, in my opinion, cruel.
Make sure you stop at the man on the right on your way up to hell 2 and get some sweet potato. The guy is super friendly and the sweet potato tastes amazing!!
The walk between hells was relatively easy.
The scenery and most of the remaining hells are stunning. The bus ride to the last remains 2 hells was short and we got there in no time.
This was a full day out and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
Written 9 June 2023
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Hohoho
Wichita Falls, TX170 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
If you are in Beppu already, you may as well go there. If you have to make a special trip to Beppu or an excursion from Fukuoka, it is not worth it. Despite they claim to have 7 jigoku, some are so small that you will be in an out in 5 minutes. If you have to pick one instead of a group ticket of seven, go to Umi Jigoku, the sea of Hell. If you have never seen geyser or mud pot before, go ahead and buy the seven tickets combo.
Written 10 May 2023
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