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Seven Hells in Beppu, Japan 2019 (地獄, Jigoku)

Seven Hells in Beppu, Japan 2019 (地獄, Jigoku)

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01 UMI JIGOKU: 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 are strong enough to carry small children.
02 ONIISHIBOZU 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 bath with multiple pools that costs an additional 620 yen.

03 KAMADO JIGOKU: The "cooking pot hell" features several boiling ponds and a flashy demon statue as cook. On the grounds, visitors can drink the hot spring water, enjoy hand and foot baths, inhale the hot spring steam and try various snacks cooked or steamed by the hot spring.
04 ONIYAMA JIGOKU: A large number of crocodiles are bred and kept on the grounds of the "monster mountain hell".

05 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.
06 CHINOIKE JIGOKU: The "blood pond hell" features a pond of hot, red water and a large souvenir shop. It is one of the more photogenic hells.

07 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. (Source: https://www.japan-guide.com/) 

Located in Japan’s hot spring capital are seven geothermal pools known as the “hells” (jigoku) of Beppu. Beppu is a popular destination to get your soak on but these pools are definitely not for bathing since temperatures are extremely hot. To put that into perspective, the locals use the steam and even the water to cook food with.

The Jigoku Region of Kannawa and Kamegawa have been described by locals as a place of “hell” because of how active the topography is: fuming gas rising from the ground, thick bubbling mud, and boiling ponds of water. In the past people were afraid to approach this area because they thought it was cursed. Today, thousands of tourists come here to marvel at each of these themed pools. (Source: https://lettersfromtina.com/)

Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM all days of the week.

Fees: 400 yen each or 2,000 yen for all seven hells.

Access: Bus, taxi, or rental car. There is free parking at all the hells.