Forbidden Entry Spot
Jigokudani is located in Toyama Prefecture’s Murododaira area. Volcanic activity continues in the area which has left ash brown soil and rock, sulfur towers made from spewing gas, and desolate scenery created spewing water and vapors. The landscape resembles ‘’hell’’ and is thus named so. In the area are hot springs and hot springs such as Mikurigaike Onsen (Hot spring), and Raicho Onsen, Raichosawa Onsen. It is known as Japan’s highest (altitude) hot spring source.
The area was discovered during the Heian period (794-1185) by ascetics who were training in the mountains and it was feared as ‘’actual hell’’. Within the Jigokudani ‘’Hell’’ area are 136 uniquely named ‘’hell’’ areas including, Hachidai-jigoku, Gajiya, Dangoya, Konya, and Hyakusho. There is a walkway that extends through the sulfur-odor filled area, however, due to the toxic gasses, the walkways are currently off-limits. There is an overlook called Enma-dai and visitors are able to view Hell Valley from there. Jigokudani is open to visitors from early July to early October. It is closed during the winter season due to snow.
From Tateyama Station of the Toyama Local Railway, take the Tateyama Cable Car to the ‘’Bijyodaira Station’’. From there, transfer to the Tateyama Pleateau Bus toward Murodo. Get off at the last stop, ‘’Murodo’’.
Image Gallery: Jigokudani