The Kamado Jigoku is one of the Beppu Jigoku pilgrimage spots. The name comes from when they used the 90 degrees Celsius spring water to cook rice at Kamado Hachimagu festivals. Compared to the other Beppu Jigoku pilgrimage spots, there are between one and six Jigoku spots and visitors may use all of them. The first one is a hot mud Jigoku with reddish brown clay and the second one has the symbol of the Kamado Jigoku, the demon, with 100 degrees Celsius steam bubbling out from under the rocks. The third one has melting silica and is cobalt blue. Near the first, second, and third Jigoku, there is spring water that visitors can drink and hot steam to warm up their hands and feet, and steam that adds moisture to their skin.
The fourth Jigoku is an 80 degrees Celsius hot mud pond, and is brown from the melting ground. The fifth one changes from blue to green. It is still a mystery why it changes colors. The sixth is similar to the fourth one, but with the iron melting out, it is a reddish brown.
Visitors may enjoy three types of spring-water footbaths in Kamado Jigoku. The cobalt blue footbaths and the sand footbaths are very unique.
Jigoku Pilgrimage is a word used to describe the enjoyment of the unique views of the spring water called "Jigoku," not by bathing in them but by watching them. They have been called Jigoku ('Jigoku' means hell) for over a thousand years because they were giving off hot steam, hot mud, and hot water, and people did not want to go near them. There is no other place besides Beppu with this many hot springs in Japan where you can see these various views.
Public Transportation: Ride the Kamenoi Bus 2, 5, 41, 43 that heads to Kannawa from JR Beppu Station. Get off at Umi-Jigoku-Mae Stop or Kannawa Stop. It is about a one minute walk from there. Car: Get off at the Beppu IC on Oita Expressway and go straight three kilometers on Route 11 for Kannawa Onsen. It is about five minutes from there.
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Description: Kamado Jigoku
|Sights||Kamado Jigoku (かまど地獄)|
5 Kannawa, Oaza, Beppu-shi, Oita
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0977-66-0178 / Fax: 0977-67-3173|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|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|