Jigokudani
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  • Victor K
    Hong Kong, China557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice at Night
    The whole area has interesting thermal features with colour coded trails to choose from. Most trails take less than 15 minutes. Free of charge for entrance while parking charges 500 yen each time. Not sure if one payment covers all carpark in the area. Look like so. Parking during evening is free. Overall the area is not too big and most people should manage to cover the majority on foot. The Green Trail offers night walking which is a higlight. You better check with hotel staff if it's available during the season of your visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
  • meche0009
    London, United Kingdom87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An 'other-worldly' sort of place ... and a little smelly ;-p
    This is within a fairly easy and short walk from the Noribetsu onsen resort town. It is a really 'other-worldly' sort of place and if you've not seen volcanic springs before, it is definitely something to go and see. We were staying in the resort and wandered up here after checking in, so later on in the afternoon. We looked around the valley and then did the forest walk (quite steep at times, but the path was reasonable) over to Oyunuma pond and the hot stream. It should be noted, as you would probably expect that there is a quite a strong smell of sulphur around the place. My teenage daughter and I thought it was a good place to visit
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • SenMING
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia89 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Noboribetsu in December 2022
    We were there last December, basically the place is fully cover with snow. It is quite slippery, need to walk carefully on the walk path. My children like the place a lot, for Asian kids are usually very excited when they see snow. It is also known as the "Hell Valley" because of its volcanic activity and sulfuric smell. The valley was filled with steam vents, boiling ponds, and bubbling mud pools that emitted a strong smell of sulfur.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Ernest W
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Onsen hot spring in Japan
    Oyunuma Lake/Pond in Jigokudani is a beautiful steaming pond (over 200° bottom and 120° at the surface overflowing into the Onoyuma River which is a hot steam river meandering thru a mystical forest where you can sooth your tired feet in the most natural river hot spring and further sooth your toes and soles in the even hotter river bed filled with volcanic black sand...an out-of-world experience. Stay at the Noboribetsu Dai-ichi Takimotokan Hotel which has the largest onsen hot springs in Hokkaido with over 30 treatment pools and over 50,000sf. Be sure to stay in their Japanese style tatami rooms, and eat their incredible breakfast and dinner buffets...5 stars all around!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2024
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Ernest W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Oyunuma Lake/Pond in Jigokudani is a beautiful steaming pond (over 200° bottom and 120° at the surface overflowing into the Onoyuma River which is a hot steam river meandering thru a mystical forest where you can sooth your tired feet in the most natural river hot spring and further sooth your toes and soles in the even hotter river bed filled with volcanic black sand...an out-of-world experience. Stay at the Noboribetsu Dai-ichi Takimotokan Hotel which has the largest onsen hot springs in Hokkaido with over 30 treatment pools and over 50,000sf. Be sure to stay in their Japanese style tatami rooms, and eat their incredible breakfast and dinner buffets...5 stars all around!
Written 9 June 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A 5-minute walk from Noboribetsu's last onsen hotel, Dai-Ichi Takimotokan, you'll find the so-called Hell Valley, which is definitely worth a visit between the hot baths.

Access to the area is free, and there are fine paths and wooden bridges to walk around on, so you can take your pictures and videos in peace. Set aside half an hour for it all - unless you want to hike one of the longer trails that start from there.

Here, steam and sulfur abound, and it's easy to see why the place is associated with Hell’s bad breath. Gray-green water simmers and bubbles. Mountains and rocks are sickly red and verdigris like moldy cheese; like an evil dream where little devils with satanic grins are about to peek out.

But, but, but - remember that the smell of rotten eggs is also what gives you the fine bathing experiences in the onsen. In fact, one of the most skin-healthy onsen baths is the one with sulfur.

P.S. In the evening, Hell Valley is illuminated, offering fantastic photo opportunities.
Written 3 April 2024
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sydneysider48
Sydney, Australia1,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
At the end of a slippery and icy path, this valley is quite unique, with a strong smell of sulphur, yellow deposits of sulphur visible in hot streams running from thermal pools, steam rising from fissures in the rocks and bare hills in shades of yellow and white - all somewhat eerie! Although not extensive it is certainly with a look if you are in the area.
Written 26 February 2024
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SenMING
Johor Bahru, Malaysia89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We were there last December, basically the place is fully cover with snow. It is quite slippery, need to walk carefully on the walk path. My children like the place a lot, for Asian kids are usually very excited when they see snow.

It is also known as the "Hell Valley" because of its volcanic activity and sulfuric smell. The valley was filled with steam vents, boiling ponds, and bubbling mud pools that emitted a strong smell of sulfur.
Written 26 September 2023
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Angel
Hong Kong, China249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The view was spectacular. It is one of the nature phenomena definitely worth visiting. You can feel the heat near the hot spring.
Written 30 August 2023
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meche0009
London, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This is within a fairly easy and short walk from the Noribetsu onsen resort town. It is a really 'other-worldly' sort of place and if you've not seen volcanic springs before, it is definitely something to go and see. We were staying in the resort and wandered up here after checking in, so later on in the afternoon. We looked around the valley and then did the forest walk (quite steep at times, but the path was reasonable) over to Oyunuma pond and the hot stream.
It should be noted, as you would probably expect that there is a quite a strong smell of sulphur around the place.
My teenage daughter and I thought it was a good place to visit
Written 10 August 2023
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Victor K
Hong Kong, China557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The whole area has interesting thermal features with colour coded trails to choose from. Most trails take less than 15 minutes. Free of charge for entrance while parking charges 500 yen each time. Not sure if one payment covers all carpark in the area. Look like so. Parking during evening is free. Overall the area is not too big and most people should manage to cover the majority on foot. The Green Trail offers night walking which is a higlight. You better check with hotel staff if it's available during the season of your visit.
Written 9 July 2023
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2001NH
743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Free to visit. There are numerous walking trails to see the geysers. The sulfur smell is strong. The colors on the rocks are crazy colorful from the mineral deposits. You can see the bubbling of the hot springs.
Written 5 July 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The walking path through Hell's Valley starts with a paved boardwalk. See the Earth's fury. It is quite impressive. You can walk further along another unpaved path up to a viewpoint and avoid the crowds.
Written 23 June 2023
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Bwkuah
Singapore, Singapore344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
A lovely place to spend a few hours looking at the dramatic scenery, mother nature at its best and soaking your feet in a natural foot bath. you have to pay parking of 500yen, so it’s popular with your groups but they tend to just stay for the photo opp.
Written 5 June 2023
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