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Hell Scenery Has Beautiful Fall Foliage -Jigokudani (Hell Valley) in Noboribetsu-

July 19th, 2017

Fall Foliage around Noboribetsu Onsen

Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) is one of the largest hot spring resorts in Hokkaido, and is known as a beauty spot for fall foliage, too. Jigokudani (地獄谷) that has become a synonym for the Noboribetsu Onsen, 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 the 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, the visitors 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

Jigokudani
Jigokudani in Noboribetsu

By the way, nonstop buses, Hokkaido Resort Liner (北海道リゾートライナー * Leaving at 11:30), Hokkaido Resort Liner (北海道リゾートライナー * Leaving at 13:40) and Noboribetsu Onsen Express Bus Air Port (高速登別温泉エアポート号), run between New Chitose Airport and Noboribetsu Onsen, and nonstop buses, Hokkaido Resort Liner (北海道リゾートライナー) and Express Bus Onsen (高速おんせん号), run between Sapporo and Noboribetsu Onsen, so those would be very convenient.

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

Moive of Fall Foliage in Noboribetsu Onsen

Jigokudani with Fall Foliage

Jigokudani (地獄谷 * Hell Valley) is an explosion crater with 450 m in diameter in Noboribetsu. 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 Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉). There are some fumaroles and hot spring gushing points on the explosion crater, and the hot springs become rivers after the hot springs gushing out, and people in old times imagined its scenery as a Buddhism hell that ogres live in, so it is named Jigokudani. There is a payjway with about 600 m in total length, and there are 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

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). One of those is Taisho Jigoku (大正地獄). It is the most famous Jigoku as an intermittent spring that 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 that is 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 anybody can take a footbath freely with a forest bath. Fresh gray sulfur spring flowed from the Oyunuma Pond and the Taisho Jigoku is a 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 steam 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
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 Observatory

Hiyoriyama Observatory (日和山展望台) along Hokkaido Road 350 Kuttara-Koen Line (道道350号倶多楽湖公園線) is a viewing point around Mt. Hiyori. The Oyunuma Pond can be looked over, and the Mt. Hiyori can be looked from the side. But trees may interrupt the view. There is a place with a fine view after heading to the Lake Kuttara (倶多楽湖) for 10 minutes. Smoke sounds because there is near the Mt. Hiyori. A free parking lot is only a facility. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

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

Atmosphere of Hiyoriyama Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Hiyoriyama Observatory

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 Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Jigokudani.

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

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