What is Umi Jigoku?
Umi Jigoki (sea hell) is one of the eight hot springs of Beppu Jigoku meguri tour. The hot spring features a pond of unique, cobalt blue water, created by the explosion of Mount Tsurumi 300 years ago. The unique blue colored water is what gives it the name "umi," which means "sea" in Japanese, but the temperature of the hot spring water is very high, around 98 degrees Celsius. This hot water is cooled and used for ashi-yu, where you soak only your feet into hot spring water. The facility of ashi-yu is roofed so that you can enjoy it even on a rainy day. The facility is fully wheelchair accessible as it is completely equipped with handrails.
Passing through the entrance of Umi Jigoku, you will see a beautiful garden with a pond of clear green-colored water, where Victoria amazonata and water lilies are in bloom. The spring water runs inside the pipes installed in the pond, keeping the water at the right temperature for such tropical flora to grow. You can enjoy Victoria amazonata flowers from early May to mid-November. During Bon season in Japan, schoolchildren (weighing 20 kilograms or lighter) can try to ride the leaves of Victoria amazonata.
The facility has a restaurant where you can enjoy Oita's specialties like dangojiru, Japanese dumpling soup, or toriten, tempura of chicken as well as chanpon noodles with onsen-tamago (eggs steamed with hot spring water), a popular menu among tourists. At the shop, cobalt-colored bath bombs are sold, so you enjoy a bath like Umi Jigoku at home.
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 have been spewing hot clay mud and steam or gushing high temperature water for over 1,000 years. The heat of the springs didn't let anyone get close so they were called jigoku (hell). You can view these strange happenings solely in Beppu, which boasts the biggest number of sources of hot springs.
Get on 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 (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||Umi Jigoku (海地獄)|
559-1, Oaza Kannawa, Beppu-shi, Oita
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0977-66-0121 / Fax: 0977-66-0124|
|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|