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Unzen

 

Unzen is a gentle Onsen resort situated in the Unzen National Park

 

Located in the centre of Shimabara peninsua, at the southwest part of Mount Unzen 

with an altitude of 700m.

It is started receiving foreign tourists around the year 1900 when Kaempfer and Siebold introduced

the city to Europe and China.

 

    Unzen Onsen Resort town

     Unzen Onsen Resort town       

               Mount Unzen


 

Where to explore

 

Nita Pass

Nita pass is one of the best scenic spot in Unzen

At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita Pass in Unzen is magnificent. Azaleas, green leaves,

brilliant autumnal tints of maples and silver frost represent each season of the year.

        Entrance to Nita pass

         Nita pass Observetory

  Rope way to Myoken mountain

Unzen Jigoku

Jigoku, means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted

from the springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area.

This is a striking reminder that Unzen Volcano is still very much alive.

Unzen Trekking

Various trekking routes are prepared with the Onsen Onsen Resort town as the starting area,

through the Unzen Jigoku.  Everyone including mountain climber can enjoy by choosing

preference route, Nita pass and summit of mount Myuken and Fugen can be reached.

Unzen Golf Course      

Opened in 1913, the oldest public course in Japan, and second oldest golf course after

the Kobe Golf Club, which opened in 1903.

Moreover, Unzen has been designated as Japan’s first national park in 1934, and the golf course

has been popular among people both Japanese and foreigner as the national park’s main facility.

 


 

The area is also a part of Unzen, located at western foot of Mount Unzen.

About 30 Hotels and Japanese style accommodation are standing along the Tachibana bay

and there are 3 public baths where visitor can use.  

 

 


 

General information

Address Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
Access

90 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki Air port

30 minutes by a vehicle from Shimabara-city


 

Unzen Jigoku

 

Jigoku, means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted

from the springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area.

This is a striking reminder that Unzen Volcano is still very much alive.

These springs are highly valued by Japanese even now as according to Buddhist teaching,

 “If you live in a bad manner, you cannot go to Paradise, but rather, you will fall into the Hell of agony”.

Unfortunately, this was once put into reality nearly 350 years ago during the time of religious

persecution in Japan.  30 Japanese Christians, failing to renounce their faith met  their death

here in the scalding spring of Jigoku.

 

 


 

General information

Address

Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen-city, Nagasaki-prefecture

Located in Unzen Onsen Resort

Access

90 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki Air port

30 minutes by a vehicle from Shimabara-city


 

Unzen trekking

 

Unzen is a beautiful highland Onsen Resort situated Unzen National Park 

 

Unzen was the first area to be designated as a National Park in Japan and then

the area has been developed as Onsen Resort for both tourist Japanese and foreigner.

 

The picnic areas and trekking roads have also been developed and maintained properly for

enjoying Nature activities.

 

Various trekking routes are prepared with the Onsen town as the starting area, through the

Unzen Jigoku.

 

Everyone including mountain climber can enjoy by choosing preference route, Nita pass and

summit of mount Myuken and Fugen can be reached. The route indications are shown properly.

 

 

 


 

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Obama Onsen

 

Onsen Resort facing to Tachibana bay

 

Located at western foot of Mount Unzen, and consist of Shimabara peninsula Onsen Resort

along with Unzen Onsen Resort and Shimabara Onsen Resort.  

About 30 Hotels and Japanese style accommodation are standing along the Tachibana bay

and there are 3 public baths where visitor can use.  

 

The Japan’s highest radiation calorie of hot spring. (radiation calorie is calculated in hot water

temperature multiplied hot water yield)

Some of them reaching 80-100 °C and producing over 15,000 tons of hot water daily.

Your own cooking can be enjoyed made by Onsen steam using local ingredients such as

vegetables and fishes

 


 

The Japan’s longest foot bath

Called “ Hot foot 105” 

The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring source temperature of

105 degree Celsius.

 


 

There are various kind of gift shops and restaurants around the foot bath.

 

 


 

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Mount Unzen

 

Symbol of Shimabara peninsula, Mount Unzen

 

Located at the centre of Shimabara peninsula, in Nagasaki-prefecture.

 

Consist of 9 mountains, the highest is Heisei-sinzan (1483 m) formed by volcanic explosion

from 1990 to 1995, second highest is Fugen-dake (1359m) which was the highest until

Heisei-shinzan formed by explosion, and Myoken-dake (1359m ) has access from Nita pass

by the Rope way.

 

        Shimabara peninsula

               Heisen-shinzan

 

    Myoken-dake & Fugen-dake

The mount Unzen is part of Unzen National park, and makes Onsen Resorts with different

feature of each such as Unzen, Obama and Shimabara Onsen Resorts.

 

        Unzen Onsen Resort

        Obama Onsen Resort

      Shimabara Onsen Resort

The mountain can be seen from the almost all area of Shimabara Peninsula, and different

gentle scenic beauty of the mountain can be enjoyed from each areas.

 


 

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Unzen Golf Course

 

Japan’s oldest public course

 

Opened in 1913, the oldest public course in Japan, and second oldest golf course after

the Kobe Golf Club, which opened in 1903.

Moreover, Unzen has been designated as Japan’s first national park in 1934, and the golf course

has been popular among people both Japanese and foreigner as the national park’s main facility.

 

The course is a hilly course at an elevation of 750m, and at the time of its construction, there were

no machines. This historical, hand-made course, integrated with nature, has small undulations on

the fairway.

 

There is also an authentic short 9 hole course as well. Only 3 minutes by car from the Onsen town,

it is especially cool in the summertime, and can be enjoyed throughout the four seasons while

appreciating nature

 


 

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Unzen Onsen Resort

 

Beautiful highland Onsen Resort situated Unzen National Park 

 

The area was the first area to be designated as a National Park in Japan. 

Whether you are taking in the stunning  panoramic views from top one of the many peaks

including Nita-toge Pass or looking up these volcanic mountains or Fugen, you will marvel 

at the spectacular scenery.  As each season brings a vivid change to the appearance the face

of Unzen you may wish to return again and again to enjoy the full range of rich variations.

 


 

Welcome to Unzen

         Unzen Bus center

                  Unzen Jigoku 

                     Nita pass


 

Stay in Unzen

There are 17 Hotels and Japanese style inns around Unzen Jigoku.

From every hotel,  beautiful scenery which changes by season can be enjoyed.

 


 

Featured distinations

             Bideo Museum

              Bideo Museum

          Unzen Golf Course


 

Characteristics of hot spring

The hot springs of Unzen is characterized by its sulfurous hot water with high acidity (pH: 2.0 – 2.2),
which is uniquely high comparing to hot springs in Europe where the hot springs treatment is actively 
performed.
The temperature of the hot springs of Unzen is as hot as around 90 Degree Celsius.
Unzen hot springs is known by its component of hot water such as “acid hydrogen sulfide springs”, “aluminiferous springs including hydrogen sulfide” or “ferrous salfate springs” but it is generally called 
“sulfurous hot springs.
 

 

Efficacy of hot spring

The hot springs of Unzen is highly effective in sterilization because of its acidity.
It takes effect against skin diseases in general such as eczema, chilblain, incisures, and 
other skin related problems.
It is also noted that the Unzen hot spring is effective to facial treatment as well as effective 
against chronic rheumatism, diabetes, neuralgic pain, muscle pain, joint pain, and fatigue
with health-promoting benefits.

 


 

                 Location of Unzen

    

Access to Unzen

 

・30 minutes by car from Shimabara

・80 minutes by car from Nagasaki-city

・2 and half hours by car from Fukuoka-city

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Region, World Heritage Site

 

Congratulations on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site registration

 

Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued even during the ban on Christianity

 

Hidden Christian Site in Nagasaki Regions bear unique testimony to the tradition of people and

their communities who secretly transmitted their faith in Christianity while surviving in the midst of

the conventional society and its religions during the time of prohibition.

 

Oura Cathedral

It was built in 1865 under the supervision of the French priest Bernard Petitjean.

On March 17, 1865, a group of peasants from Urakami came to the church and professed their faith to

Father Petitjean, thus revealing that Christianity had survived through the centuries of persecution.

The white marble statue of the Holy Mother at the entrance was built in commemoration of

the dramatic discovery of the “Hidden Christians.

Access: a 10minited walk from Ouratensyudo-shita tram station

 


 

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

Their long trek to the Cross, verification of their faith in God and their chant for ascension
are well visualized with memorial made by Yasutake Funakoshi. On February 5, 1597, Paulo Miki
and 25 others were crucified for their belief in God on order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. 

The martyrs including four Spaniards, one from Goa, India, one Mexican and 20 Japanese

demonstrated their spiritual unity despite differences in races, ages and professions.

By putting them to death, Hideyoshi threatened people, saying “I hereby ban Christianity”. 
Responded the martyrs’ chant “All people, bless God! ”  Death and life, liberty and persecution
and Dictators and the people confronted on Nishizaka Hill. 
Access: a 10minited walk from JR Nagasaki station

 


 

Sotome area

The mission base of de Rotz, who dedicated himself to assisting the needy

When he discovered the underground Christians, Petitjean realized that there were many other

Christians hiding in the Sotome region.

He appointed de Rotz as the parish priest of the Shitsu and Kurosaki districts. On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, he established a church at his own expense. The building was extended and renovated again and again. A statue of Mary that he ordered from France is standing in the bell tower.

Access: about One hour from Center of Nagasaki-city by a vehicle  

 


 

Harajo Castle ruins

Harajo Castle ruin is located in Minami-Shimabara-city and the Battle field of Shimabara

Rebellion which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the

leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.

Christian farmers rose in a riot due to their grievance about the oppression by Matsukura Shigemasa.
The Shogunate regarded this riot as Christian rebellion and sent its punitive force, therefore locked themselves
in the castle and with their leader Amakusa Shiro Tokisada fought against the Shogunate.
On February 27, 1638, he died in battle. The following day, the castle fell. 37,000 Christians including women
and children died a violent death. 
Access : about two hours from Center of Nagasaki-city by a vehicle  
 

 

Jigoku, means Hell, is the number one attraction of Unzen with a peculiar smell of sulfur emitted from

the springs, and with white smoke rising from the ground over a wide area.

This is a striking reminder that Unzen Volcano is still very much alive.

Unfortunately, this was once put into reality nearly 350 years ago during the time of religious persecution

in Japan.  30 Japanese Christians, failing to renounce their faith met  their death here in the scalding 

spring of Jigoku.

Access : about two hours from Center of Nagasaki-city by a vehicle  

 

 


 

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Nita pass

 

Nita pass is one of the best scenic spot in Unzen

 

At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita Pass in Unzen is magnificent.
Azaleas, green leaves, brilliant autumnal tints of maples and silver frost represent 

each season of the year.

 

 Azalea in Spring

 Autumn leaves

 Frost in Winter

The ropeway take you slowly from Nita Pass to Mt. Myoken at a highest of 1300 meters, from the

observation point of Mt. Myoken, you can get a 360 degree panorama view which encompasses

not only the Ariake Sea and Amakusa Island but the smoke the crater Mt.Aso.

 


 

General information

Address Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
Access

90 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki Air port

30 minutes by a vehicle from Shimabara-city

10 minutes by a vehicle from Unzen Onsen Resort area

 


 

The Japan’s longest foot bath

 

Called “ Hot foot 105” is the Japan’s longest foot bath in Obama Onsen Resort, located at the

mountain foot of  Unzen in Shimabara peninsula.

 

The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring source temperature of

105 degree Celsius.

 

 


 

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