• July 19th, 2017
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[Jigokudani in Noboribetsu] Footbath, Demon's Fireworks and Fall Foliage Can Be Enjoyed

Jigokudani

Jigokudani (地獄谷 * Hell Valley) is an explosion crater in Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) located in the western part of Lake Kuttara (倶多楽湖), and was born by eruptions of Mt. Kasa (笠山) 10,000 years ago. A lot of hot spring gushing out points and fumaroles are on the explosion crater of about 11 ha. Wasteland without trees and grass has been some hot spring rivers and volcano smoke, and it was associated with a Buddhism hell that demons live in by people in old times, so here was named "Jigokudani". It is well-known as a synonym for the Noboribetsu Onsen, and around the Jigokudani is famous for a scenic spot to see autumn leaves. Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼) and Mt. Hiyori (日和山), River Oyunuma Natural Footbath (大湯沼川足湯), 6 pathways such as Jigokudani Pathway (地獄谷遊歩道), Oyunuma Pathway (大湯沼遊歩道), Oyunuma 2nd Pathway (大湯沼第2遊歩道), Oyunuma Scenic Pathway (大湯沼川探勝歩道), Funamiyama Pathway (船見山遊歩道) and Funamiyama 2nd Pathway (船見山第2遊歩道) have the fall foliage in an autumn. A combination of sulfurous odour and fall foliage can be enjoyed. The best time to see is from mid October to late October. Admission free. A parking lot is chraged. * If visitors pay a parking fee, they can park their cars on Jigokudani Parking Lot (地獄谷の駐車場) and Oyunuma Parking Lot (大湯沼の駐車場).
Jigokudani Guide Map in Japanese

Jigokudani
Jigokudani in Noboribetsu
Gray Hot River
登別の地獄谷

Noboribetsu Onsen

Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in Noboribetsu city located in the northeastern part of Muroran city, and is one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) and Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉). Hot springs spring 10000 liters everyday, so a quantity of the hot springs is abundant, too. About 3 million tourists come every year. Noboribetsu Onsen is one of major hot-spring resort that around 14 accommodations open in Hokkaido. Except the hot springs, there are abundant sightseeing spots such as Jigokudani (地獄谷 * Hell valley), Noboribetsu Bear Ranch (のぼりべつクマ牧場) and Lake Kuttara (倶多楽湖), too. There are a footbath, restaurants, cafes, bars with a surcharge, souvenir shops and Noboribetsu Gateway Center (登別ゲートウェイセンター) sponsoring activities at the hot-spring resort. Onsen Ichiba (温泉市場) and Jigoku Ramen of Aji-no-Daio Nobotibetsu Onsen Branch (味の大王 登別温泉店の地獄ラーメン) are popular in particular. In addition, a huge ogre with 18 m in height stands at an entrance of the hot-spring resort and he greets us. A mascot of Noboribetsu Onsen is the ogre. The ogres can be seen here and there. Read More

Huge Red Demon
Noboribetsu Onsen Huge ogre

Lake Kuttara

Lake Kuttara (倶多楽湖) is a circular caldera lake in Shiraoi town, and was born by volcanic activity 80,000 years ago. A road leads to the lake only from Noboribetsu not the Shiraoi, and it is nearby Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉). In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 8 km, and the maximum depth is 148 m. The transparency of the lake is very high because the lake as well as Lake Mashu (摩周湖) does not has a river at all. After the Lake Mashu, the lake water has the 2nd transparency in Japan. A Ministry of the Environment reported 2001 Measurement Results of Water Quality in Public Waters (2001年度公共用水域水質測定結果), and the Lake Kuttara won 1st place in lake and pond section. In addition, the lake is the roundest lake in the Japan. Because the development is limited, a primeval forest of Hokkaido is still abound relatively. The lake can be seen from the Lake Kuttara Lakeside and Ogigata Lookout (扇型展望台) along Hokkaido Road 350. But The Hokkaido Road 350 is closed from late November to late April. Read More

Autumn Lake Kuttara
Lake Kuttara in Shiraoi

Various events such as Fantasy of Winter Lights and Sound (鬼火の路 幻想と神秘の谷), New Year's Mochi Making (元旦縁起もちつき), Noboribetsu Onsen Hot Spring Festival (登別温泉湯まつり), Noboribetsu Cherry Blossom festival (のぼりべつ桜まつり), Demon’s Fireworks (地獄の谷の鬼花火), Bon Odori (盆踊り) and Noboribetsu Jigoku Festival (登別地獄まつり) are held. In addition, Noboribetsu Gateway Center (登別ゲートウェイセンター) in the Noboribetsu Onsen serve some acticities such as guided walk.

Movie of Demon’s Fireworks

Atmosphere of Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu Onsen

By the way, Noboribetsu Onsen Express Bus Air Port (高速登別温泉エアポート号) runs between New Chitose Airport and the Noboribetsu Onsen, and Express Bus Onsen (高速おんせん号) runs between Sapporo and the Noboribetsu Onsen, so those would be very convenient.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Noboribetsu and the Sapporo or New Chitose Airport. Refer to following the means of the transportation. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Donan Bus(道南バス) From New Chitose Airport to Noboribetsu Onsen
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Noboribetsu Onsen to New Chitose Airport
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Sapporo to Noboribetsu Onsen
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Noboribetsu Onsen to Sapporo
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is at the Noboribetsu Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Noboribetsu Station.

    List of Jigokudani Tourist Attractions

    There are the Jigokudani, the Taisho Jigoku, the River Oyunuma Natural Footbath, the Oyunuma Pond, the Oku-no-Yu Observation Deck and the Hiyoriyama Lookout around the Jigokudani. My visited places are as follows.

    Jigokudani with Fall Foliage

    Jigokudani is the explosion crater with 450 m in diameter. The hot springs with an ample supply of water are gushing out 10,000 tons per a day, and the Jigokudani is a hot spring source of the Noboribetsu Onsen. There are some fumaroles and hot spring gushing points on the explosion crater, and the hot springs turn into rivers after the hot springs gushing out, and the people in the old times imagined the scenery as a Buddhism hell that the demons live in, so it is named the Jigokudani. There is a pathway with about 600 m in total length, and there are some observatory decks around the crater, and tourists can go around for about 10 minutes on foot. A combination of gray world and the fall foliage is a wonderful scenery. There are Noboribetsu Park Service Center (登別パークサービスセンター), Jigokudani Parking Lot (地獄谷駐車場) and a restroom around an entrance.

    Image of Buddhist Hell
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Jigokudani Observatory Deck
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Look of Jigokudani 2nd Lookout
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Jigokudani with Fall Foliage
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Red Clay with Fall Foliage
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Noboribetsu Park Service Center
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu

    At the Noboribetsu Park Service Center, the tourists can get infomation about the Noboribetsu Onsen, and souvenirs are sold, and rain boots and umbrellas are lent to enjoy walking pathways in the rain or the snow.

    Restroom
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Jigokudani Parking Lot
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Jigokudani 2nd Lookout
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    View from Jigokudani 2nd Lookout
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Look of Jigokudani 2nd Lookout
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Nata-Zukuri Kannon
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Excavator Digs Jigokudani
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    View from Jigokudani Pathway
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Yakushi-Nyorai
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Wooden Path to Iron Spring Pond
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Daiichi Takimotokan Comes into Sight
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Wooden Path to Iron Spring Pond and Fall Foliage
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Iron Spring Pond
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Wooden Path to Iron Spring Pond
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Gray Hot Spring River
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Wooden Path to Iron Spring Pond
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Place That Iron Spring Gushes out
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Iron Spring Pond Are Gushing out
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu

    Atmosphere of Iron Spring Pond Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Moive of Iron Spring Pond

    No Trespassing
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Onsen Resrot from Iron Spring Pond
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Rocky Place and Fall Foliage
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    A Lot of Tourists Come
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Jigokudani Pathway
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Jigokudani Pathway
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu

    Atmosphere of Jigokudani with Fall Foliage Can Be Watched on Youtube

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    Moive of Jigokudani with Fall Foliage

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Pay parking lot is provided (Regular sized car: JPY 500) *If visitors pay a parking fee, the visitors can park their cars on Jigokudani Parking Lot and Oyunuma Parking Lot
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-143-84-3311
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 603 287 358*50

    Taisho Jigoku

    There are 15 hot spring sources called Jigoku (Hells) in total. One of those is Taisho Jigoku (大正地獄). It is the most famous Jigoku as an intermittent spring changing 7 colors with the rumbling of the ground, and the hot spring pond of the perimeter is around 10 km along the Oyunuma Scenic Pathway with about 400 m in total length along Oyunuma River (大湯沼川). If the Taisho Jigoku erupts, the River Oyunuma Natural Footbath at some distance below the Taisho Jigoku is too hot to take a footbath. By the way, as of 2017, it is prohibited to enter the Taisho Jigoku for large eruption.

    Taisho Jigoku
    Taisho Jigoku in Noboribetsu

    Atmosphere of Eruption of Taisho Jigoku Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Moive of Eruption of Taisho Jigoku

    River Oyunuma Natural Footbath

    The River Oyunuma Natural Footbath is built along the Oyunuma Scenic Pathway with about 400 m in total length along Oyunuma River, and everybody can take a footbath with a forest bath freely. Fresh gray sulfur spring flowed from the Oyunuma Pond and the Taisho Jigoku is moderate temperature for taking a footbath at the River Oyunuma Natural Footbath. But if the Taisho Jigoku erupts, the River Oyunuma Natural Footbath is too hot to take a footbath. It is available in a winter, too.

    Oyunuma Scenic Pathway
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    River Oyunuma and Fall Foliage
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Oyunuma Scenic Pathway
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    River Oyunuma Natural Footbath
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    A Lot of People Enjoy Footbath
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    River Oyunuma Natural Footbath and Fall Foliage
    Jigokudani (Hell Valley) with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu

    Atmosphere of River Oyunuma Natural Footbath Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Moive of River Oyunuma Natural Footbath

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Pay parking lot is provided (Regular sized car: JPY 500) *If visitors pay a parking fee, the visitors can park their cars on Jigokudani Parking Lot and Oyunuma Parking Lot
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-143-84-3311
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 603 287 358*50

    Oyunuma Pond and Oku-no-Yu Observation Deck

    Gourd‐shaped Oyunuma Pond (the perimeter is around 1 km), Mt. Hiyori with 377 m in height and Oku-no-Yu (奥の湯) are in the north part of the Jigokudani. A combination of the Mt. Hiyori that volcano smoke rises from the mountaintop and the Oyunuma Pond with the steam go well with the fall foliage. The parking lot and a restroom are provided between the Oyunuma Pond and the Oku-no-Yu. Admission free. The parking lot is charged. The Oyunuma Parking Lot is closed in a winter.

    Oyunuma Pond
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu

    The depth of the pond is about 22 m, and the sulfur spring with water temperature of 130 C spring out from the bottom of the pond. The surface temperature is from 40 C to 50 C, and it becomes Oyu River (大湯川), and it is used as the River Oyunuma Natural Footbath.

    Oyunuma Pond
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Oyunuma Pond and Fall Foliage
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Steam Rises from Oyunuma Pond
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Oyunuma Pond
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Mt. Hiyori with Fall Foliage
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Oyunuma Pond
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Oyunuma Pond and Fall Foliage
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Mt. Hiyori and Oyunuma Pond
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Mt. Hiyori and Oyunuma Pond
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu

    The sulfur spring gushes out from the bottom of the Oku-no-Yu pond, and the surface temperature is from 75 C to 85 C. A observatory deck is built beside the pond, and the pond and the fall foliage can be enjoyed.

    Gazebo and Oku-no-Yu Observation Deck
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Oku-no-Yu Observation Deck
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Oku-no-Yu Observation Deck and Fall Foliage
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Oku-no-Yu Pond and Fall Foliage
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Hot Spring Pond
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Parking Lot and Mt. Hiyori
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu
    Public Restroom
    Oyunuma Pond with Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu

    Atmosphere of Oyunuma Pond Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Moive of Oyunuma Pond

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Pay parking lot is provided (Regular sized car: JPY 500) *If visitors pay a parking fee, the visitors can park their cars on Jigokudani Parking Lot and Oyunuma Parking Lot
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-143-84-3311
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 603 287 358*50

    Hiyoriyama Lookout

    Hiyoriyama Lookout (日和山展望台) along Hokkaido Road 350 is a viewing point around Mt. Hiyori. The Oyunuma Pond can be seen, and the Mt. Hiyori can be seen from the side, too. But trees might obstruct your view. There is a place with a fine view after heading to the Lake Kuttara (倶多楽湖) for 10 minutes on foot. You can enjoy sounding steam because that is near the Mt. Hiyori. A free parking lot is only a facility. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

    Hiyoriyama Lookout
    Hiyoriyama Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Steam Rises from Mt. Hiyori Coverd with Fall Foliage
    Hiyoriyama Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Oyunuma Pond
    Hiyoriyama Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Look of Hiyoriyama Lookout
    Hiyoriyama Lookout in Noboribetsu
    Parking Lot
    Hiyoriyama Lookout in Noboribetsu

    Atmosphere of Hiyoriyama Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Moive of Hiyoriyama Lookout

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (15 cars)
    Business hour 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-143-84-3311
    Home page Home page is not provided
    Mapcode 603 288 875*28

      List of Activities

      The Noboribetsu Gateway Center serve some activities such as Jigokudani Walking (地獄谷ウォーキング), Night Adventure (ナイトアドベンチャー) and snowshoeing adventure in the Noboribetsu Onsen Resort. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Jigokudani Guided Trekking

      Noboribetsu Gateway Center(登別ゲートウェイセンター)

      Night Adventure

      登別ゲートウェイセンター(Noboribetsu Gateway Center)

      Salmon Run Tour

      Noboribetsu Gateway Center(登別ゲートウェイセンター)
      Jalan

      Snowshoeing Adventure

      Noboribetsu Gateway Center(登別ゲートウェイセンター)
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Jigokudani. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

        Dai-ichi Takimotokan(第一滝本館)
        Noboribetsu Grand Hotel(登別グランドホテル)
        Hotel Mahoroba(ホテルまほろば)
        Noboribetsu Sekisuitei(登別石水亭)
        Noboribetsu Manseikaku(登別万世閣)
        Hotel Yumoto Noboribetsu(ホテルゆもと登別)
        Park Hotel Miyabitei(名湯の宿パークホテル雅亭)
        Takimoto Inn(滝本イン)
        Noboribetsu Onsen Kyo Takinoya(登別温泉郷 滝乃家)
        Booking
        Kashoutei Hanaya(花鐘亭はなや)
        Oyado Kiyomizuya(御やど 清水屋)
        Tamanoyu(玉乃湯)
        Booking
        Boro Noguchi Noboribetsu(望楼NOGUCHI登別)
        Ryotei Hanayura(旅亭 花ゆら)
        Booking
        Booking.com

        A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

        Shikotsu-Toya National Park

        A page of Hokkaido Fall Foliage is here

        Hokkaido Fall Foliage

        By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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