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.
Location of Unzen
Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
Located in Unzen Onsen Resort
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
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