What is Tatsumaki Jigoku?
Tatsumaki Jigoku is one of Beppu Jigoku tour. It is also the only one where you can observe powerful geyser. A geyser is hot spring water in the ground that has been heated up by magma and thus is ejected vigorously from the ground. A geyser periodically spews water from the ground when it can no longer withstand the pressure that has been built up over time, and Tatsumaki Jigoku spews out water around every 30-40 minutes. The geyser is surrounded by rocks for safety, but it has the potential to spew up to a height of 50 meters.
What is Jigoku-meguri (Jigoku tour)?
Jigoku-meguri (Jigoku tour) is a special term to describe a trip that goes around sightseeing all the “Jigoku (Hell)” in order to admire their unique landscape, but not to bathe in them. From over a thousand-years ago, steam, hot soil and hot water have been spewing out from this land, and thus was named “Jigoku (Hell)” because people cannot go near these areas. Beppu has the largest number of hot spring sources in Japan, and this area contains all of these wonders.
The entry fee is 400 yen for adults, 300 yen for high-school students, 250 yen for middle-school students, and 200 yen for primary-school students. Tickets are also sold here that allow you to go sightseeing to all of the 8 different “Jigoku” spots within Beppu City. The ticket price for that is 2100 yen for adults, 1350 yen for high-school students, 1000 yen for middle-school students and 900 yen for primary-school students.
Take Kamenoi Bus No. 2, 5, 41 or 43 headed towards Kannawa from JR Beppu Station West Exit and ride for 20 minutes. Get off at “Umi-Jigoku-Mae” stop or “Kannawa” stop. 1 minute walk from the bus stop. If coming by car, it takes around 5 minutes to get there from Oita Motorway “Beppu IC”, or it is 3 Km from Prefectural Road No.11 in the direction of Kannawa hot springs area.
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|Sights||Tatsumaki Jigoku (竜巻地獄)|
778 Noda, Beppu-shi, Oita
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0120-459-219|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 400yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|