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8 Hells of Beppu

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Beppu is to tour the 8 different “hells” or jigoku. You could easily argue that they are commercialized tourist traps with enormous souvenir halls and roped off walkways corralling  you around the pools. However it’s also worth remembering that a large proportion of Japanese domestic tourists are elderly so the smooth wheelchair friendly layouts provide an accessible taste of volcanic activity.  The decision to add some forlorn looking zoo animals was misguided, and may frustrate / irritate some visitors.

So here are the 8 hells:

Yama Jigoku, Mountain Hell, Beppu

Yama Jigoku, Mountain Hell, Beppu

Umi Jigoku, Ocean Hell, Beppu

Umi Jigoku, Ocean Hell, Beppu

Oniishibouzu Jigoku, Mud Hell, Beppu

Oniishibouzu Jigoku, Oniishi Shaven Head Hell, Beppu

Kamado Jigoku, Beppu

Kamado Jigoku, Beppu

Oniyama Jigoku, Beppu

Oniyama Jigoku, Beppu

Shiraike Jigoku, White Pond Hell, Beppu

Shiraike Jigoku, White Pond Hell, Beppu

Chinoike Jigoku, Blood Pond Hell, Beppu

Chinoike Jigoku, Blood Pond Hell, Beppu

Tatsumaki Jigoku, Geyser Hell, Beppu

Tatsumaki Jigoku, Geyser Hell, Beppu

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