Hells of Beppu

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The Hells of Beppu are hot spring areas in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture.
Spewing gas, thermal mud, and boiling water for over 1000 years, and referred to in the “Bungo Fudoki” as an unapproachable abhorred land, this area has come to be known by people as “hell.” Even today, the local hot springs are still referred to as “hells.”

A popular tour is the “Hell Tour,” which takes guests to Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell), Oniishibozu Jigoku (Oni Rock Monk Hell), Shiraike Jigoku (White Pond Hell), Kamado Jigoku (Cooking Pot Hell), Oniyama Jigoku (Oni Mountain Hell), Yama Jigoku (Mountain Hell), Chinoike Jigoku (Blood Pond Hell), and Tatsumaki Jigoku (Spout Hell). With one tour ticket, you can visit all of the “hells” and try out hot foot baths. Towels can be purchased for 200 yen, but we recommend bringing your own if you wish to try the foot baths. Food stalls also sell items such as steamed buns and onsen-tamago.

Hells of Beppu, Cobalt Blue, Steam
[Hells of Beppu, Jigoku]

The “hells” display a variety of colors, but they are all natural. The colors come from mud and other minerals in the earth and water. Some of the hot springs look cool to the touch with a bright cobalt-blue color, but are over 100 degrees, so be careful and do not touch the water. Umi Jigoku, Chinoike Jigoku, Tatsumaki Jigoku, and Shiroike Jigoku are nationally designated Places of Scenic Beauty.

Chinoike Jigoku, Scenic Beauty
[Hells of Beppu, Jigoku]

For those on a day trip who want more than just a foot bath, “Oniishi no Yu” is a hot spring that offers the full experience (separate fee required). Oniishi no Yu offers indoor baths, an outdoor bath, a viewing bath, and family baths.

Basic information on Hells of Beppu

Hells of Beppu

559-1 Kannawa, Beppu City, Oita
About 15 minutes by bus from Kamegawa Station, or 20 minutes by bus from Beppu Station
8 am - 5 pm
Open every day
Common Admission Ticket
Adults 2000 yen
※Purchaseable from any of the “hells.” However, please purchase from Umi Jigoku or Chinoike Jigoku if in a group of 30 or more. Group-rate discounts available.
Oniishi no Yu Admission Fee: Adults 620 yen. Elementary school students 300 yen. Infants 200 yen. Family bath 2000 yen (Up to 4 people, 1 hour). ※Shampoo and body wash provided.