Chi-no-ike Jigoku is a red lake that is 1,300 square meters wide and more than 30 meters deep, and maintains a constant temperature of 78 degrees Celsius. It contains hot mud made up of iron oxide and magnesium oxide. It is one of the "Hell Hot Springs" (hot springs for sightseeing) of the Beppu Jigoku Meguri spots, which is a tour to look around the hot springs. This one is the oldest natural "Hell Hot Spring" in Japan and has existed for more than 1,300 years. It was called "Aka-Onsen" (red hot spring) or "Aka-Ike" (red lake) when it was established, but it has gradually come to be called Chi-no-ike Jigoku. In the past, people made medicine for their skin from it, dyed clothes with it, and painted houses with this red hot mud. It is currently designated as one of the Most Valuable Places by the government because this kind of lake is not very common.
"Jigoku Meguri" is a hot spring that visitors can enjoy seeing in Beppu and is one of the "Jigoku" (Hell Hot Springs) which have rare scenery and can be still be enjoyed without bathing in them. They are called "Hell Hot Springs" because they emit gas, hot mud, hot water and so on, and more than 1,000 years ago these unique characteristics made people fear them and not visit this area. There is no place like Beppu that offers so many different and strange places in the same area. Of course Beppu is also very famous for having the greatest number of hot spring sources in Japan.
Bus: It takes 20 minutes on the Kamenoi Bus number 2, 5, 41 or 43 bound for Tetsurin from the West Entrance of JR Beppu Station. Visitors should get off the bus at Umi-jigoku-mae bus stop or Tetsurin bus stop and walk about one minute from there.
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Description: Chi-no-ike Jigoku
|Sights||Chi-no-ike Jigoku (血の池地獄)|
778 Noda, Beppu-shi, Oita
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0120-459-554 / Fax: 0977-66-1811|
|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: Chi-no-ike Jigoku