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Chinoike Jigoku at Beppu Onsen

This video is a 4K video that introduces Chinoike Jigoku at Beppu onsen, Beppu, Oita.
This video was published by "TokyoStreetView - Japan The Beautiful."

Seeing the blood red hot springs and hearing the name "Blood Pond of Hell" might cause some readers fear. Well before you get too scared let us explain what kind of place Oita's Chinoike Jigoku is.
Be sure to follow along with the video!

Chinoike Jigoku

Image of Beppu's hot springs at night
Photo:Beppu's hot springs at night

There are many famous hot spring resorts in Japan. Among them, Beppu City in Oita Prefecture in Japan's Kyushu region is the most abundant in Japan in terms of both the sheer number of hot springs and the amount of water that flows from the springs.
Beppu onsen is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan. Even regular city hotels have natural hot springs here.

Chinoike Jigoku, located in the Beppu area, is a natural hell with a distinctive red hot spring.
It has a long history and has existed in Beppu for over 1,300 years.
Take a tour of Chinoike Jigoku and the surrounding area to enjoy the charm of this unique Japanese hot spring.

Must See Spots and Key Points of Chinoike Jigoku

Image of Chinoike Jigoku
Photo:Chinoike Jigoku

Once you go through the gate, Jigoku mon (lit. "Hells Gate"), the first thing you'll see is the vivid red springs.
The spring is shown from 0:56 in the video, and if you've never seen it before, you'll be really surprised at how red it actually is.

Chinoike Jigoku looks like a pool of boiling hot blood as it bubbles and steams.
This acidic melanterite spring is around 78 degrees Celsius.
Why is the spring so red you might be wondering. This is because red hot mud, containing an abundance of magnesium oxide and iron oxide, erupts from the geological strata after a chemical reaction occurs naturally under high temperature and pressure underground.
There is also a footbath at Chinoike Jigoku where you can dip your feet in the red hot water.
After sightseeing, we recommend buying a souvenir called "血の池軟膏" (Blood Pond Ointment), a skin disease remedy made from the hot mud of Chinoike Jigoku.

The "Hell Tour" of Beppu Onsen

In addition to Chinoike Jigoku, there are many other locations called "Hells."

Image of Umi Jigoku
Photo:Umi Jigoku

Beppu Onsen's "Jigoku" hell tour includes 7 spots: Umi Jigoku, Oniishi Bouzu Jigoku, Kamado Jigoku, Oniyama Jigoku, Shiraike Jigoku, Chinoike Jigoku, and Tatsumaki Jigoku. These 7 spots are all part of the Beppu Jigoku Association.

Chinoike Jigoku is easily accessible by train and bus.
First, take the train from Beppu Station to Kamegawa Station in Oita Prefecture, and then take a bus to Kannawa.
Admission to Chinoike Jigoku is 400 yen for adults and high school students and 200 yen for junior high school students and elementary school students, and there is also a discounted "Hell Tour" ticket that allows you to visit all seven natural hells (*Prices as of July 2020).

Summary of Chinoike Jigoku

As you can see in the video, Chinoike Jigoku is an amazing tourist destination where you can see a vivid red, natural hot spring.
Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (as of July 2020).
If you're driving, there are total of 700 free parking spots available for the 7 Jigoku hot springs (as of July 2020).
Enjoy the unique hot spring scenery of Japan to your heart's content and experience a tour of the hells of Beppu! Be sure to check out the amazing view of the spring in the video!

◆Beppu Hell Jigoku Tour◆
【Address】778 Noda Oaza, Beppu, Oita 874-0016
【Access】25 minutes by foot from Kamegawa Station on the Nippou Line
【Hours】8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
【Parking】Free parking for up to 130 cars
【Admission fee】Adults and high school students 400 yen, junior high school students and elementary school students 200 yen (as of July 2020)

【Official Website】Beppu Hell Tour Official Homepage ( Beppu Jigoku Association)

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Last Updated : Nov. 24, 2020
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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