Jigokudani Hell Valley – Hokkaido | Travel Information

Jigokudani Hell Valley

Jigokudani – meaning “Hell Valley” is a stunning attraction in Hokkaido Prefecture, where you can get an up-close look at geothermal vents and sulfur deposits that serve as a constant reminder to the volcanic activity that is below the surface of the Earth. There are numerous walking trails in the Jogokudani Hell Valley area, as well as natural hot ponds and streams which flow from the mountains and are heated from the mineral rich ground.

An interesting sight to see is the Oyunuma Pond, which is a large geothermal pond is accessed by a walking trail about 15-20 minutes long from the sulfur and steam vents. While the pond it a sight in itself, you can also find bubbling mud, and even find a foot bath that flows from the Oyunuma pond that you can take a few minutes to relax in. 

The Jigokudani Hell Valley is responsible for providing fresh hot water to the nearby Noboribetsu Onsen Village, where you can find numerous different hotels, ryokans, and public baths that all make use of the hot water and energy created from the valley. In fact, the Jigokudani Hell Valley is the primary source of water for the Noboribetsu-Onsen’s for the hot springs in the village. 

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Free
  • Average Time Spent: 1-3 Hours

Accessing Jigokudani Hell Valley

Jigokudani Hell Valley is located on a about a 10 minute walk away from Noboribetsu-Onsen Village. 

You can get to Jigokudani and Noboribetsu-Onsen from JR Noboribetsu station, and then either take a bus, or a taxi to Noboribetsu-Onsen. The bus will cost 340JPY one way, while by taking a taxi, you can expect to be paying 2000-3000JPY one way.  Buses are relatively frequent depending on the day and time, but there will usually be 1-2 buses departing from JR Noboribetsu Station an hour. 

The Bus you will take will be operated by Donan.

Where To Stay Near Jigokudani Hell Valley

If you are wanting to stay the many ryokans and hotels that utilize the Jigokudani Hell Valley for their hot springs, then we suggest you check out these!

Nearby Attractions

Blue Pond

Blue Pond, Biei, (Aoiike) located in  central Hokkaido Prefecture, is artificial pond with a soothing cobalt blue shimmer.  The pond was created following the Eruption of Mt. Tokachi in 1988 when a dam was created to nullify the effects of erosion from the volcanic mudflow. 

Sapporo TV Tower

The Sapporo TV Tower is a popular tourist destination in Sapporo, providing beautiful views of the city’s skyline. It has a total height of 147m tall, with an observation deck height slightly over 90m high.

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