About the Oniishi Bozu Jigoku
The Oniishi Bozu Jigoku is one of the "Hells of Beppu". This one in particular is boiling grey thermal mud, and its name comes from the fact that the mud appears similar to the shaved head of a bozu (a buddhist priest)
In the nearby rest area "Kobiri" you can enjoy "Hell-steamed buns" and "Hell-steamed sushi" specialties.
This area also features a footbath and so you can enjoy the sights while soaking your feet. Also, there is a hot springs "Oniishi-no-yu" that uses the water from Oniishi, so you can rest and relax your tired body after the "Hell Tour". There are indoor baths, open air baths, scenic baths, and family reservation baths available. Shampoo is also available so you’d do well to just bring a towel. If you forgot your towel, you can buy one at the reception desk.
About the Jigoku Meguri ("Hell Tour").
The Jigoku Meguri is a tour that takes you around to look at the various unusual sites around the Beppu area, enjoying the baths with your eyes rather than getting in them. For over a thousand years this area was known for the fumes, boiling water, and hot mud here, and it became a detested place and thus was named "Hell". There are a number of wonders gathered here in one area, and this is a great place to visit if you are in the Beppu region.
From the JR Beppu Station (別府駅) west exit you can take the Kame-no-I bus lines 2, 5, 41, and 43 headed to Kannawa (番鉄輪) for 20 minutes and get off at Umijigoku-mae (海地獄前) or Kannawa (鉄輪), and it’s 1 minute from the bus stop. By car, take the Oita Expressway to Beppu IC (別府IC) and from there take Prefectural Road 11 and the Kannawa Hot Springs district is about 3km ahead, about 5min by car.
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Description: Oniishi Bozu Jigoku
|Sights||Oniishi Bozu Jigoku (鬼石坊主地獄)|
559-1 Kannawa, Beppu-shi, Ōita-ken
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0977-66-1577|
|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|