What is the Oniyama Jigoku?
The Oniyama Jigoku is one of eight Jigoku (hell) hot springs of the Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Jigoku Tour). The Oniyama Jigoku is famous for its facility for breeding crocodiles taking advantage of Jigoku Onsen's high temperature hot spring water. The Oniyama Jigoku, known as the Crocodile Jigoku, started to breed crocodiles in the Taisho period (1912 to 1926) and succeeded in breeding despite the climate of Beppu that has four seasons. You can see feeding crocodiles on every Saturdays and Sundays (from 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.), and Wednesdays (from 10:00 a.m.). The feeding of crocodiles where crocodiles jump and catch the food is full of excitement that everyone can enjoy. Now 84 crocodiles enjoy soaking into hot spring water.
The stuffed crocodile of Ichiro the first is exhibited at the specimen room situated at the center of the facility. Ichiro the first, which was bred at the Oniyama Jigoku, was the biggest crocodile that lived the longest life of the crocodiles in the facility. Although it died at the age of 71, the stuffed Ichiro shows its unchanged formidable figure to visitors. The skeletal specimen of the Tomistoma schlegelli, a gharial freshwater crocodile is also exhibited in the room. You can enjoy viewing Ichiro the second's thrilling figure.
You can enjoy snacks cooked by using geothermal heat like onsen-steamed potatoes and eggs (jigoku-mushi-tamago) at the shop in the facility. The shop also sells towels and other special goods of crocodiles unique to the Oniyama Jigoku.
What is Jigoku-meguri (Jigoku tour)?
Jigoku-meguri is a small excursion that takes you around eight natural hot springs called jigoku (hell). Those hot springs has been spewing hot clay mud and steam or gushing high temperature water more than 1,000 years, so that people could not get too close to those hot springs and called them jigoku (hell). You can view only these strange spectacles in Beppu, which boasting the biggest number of sources of hot springs.
Get on the bus of the Kamenoi Bus bound for Kannawa at No. 2, 5, 41 or 43 bus stops of the JR Beppu Station and get off at Umi-Jigokumae or Kannawa stop (20 minutes) and walk one minute to the Oniyama Jigoku. If you go by car, get off at the Beppu Interchange of the Oita Expressway and go straight the Prefectural Road 11 to the Kannawa area for three kilometers (5 minutes).
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|Sights||Oniyama Jigoku (鬼山地獄)|
628、Oaza Kannawa, Beppu-shi, Oita
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0977-67-1500|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 400yen|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Oniyama Jigoku