Unzen Hot Spring & Unzen Jigoku (“Unzen Hell”), the Site of Martyrdom at Unzen

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Unzen Hot Spring & Unzen Jigoku (“Unzen Hell”), the Site of Martyrdom at Unzen

OVERVIEW

Unzen Hot Spring: One and half-hour’s drive from Nagasaki City will take you to Unzen. As it was the country’s first resort targeted at foreign guests, you can also find Western- and Japanese-style hotels here. Now it is one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts.

Unzen Jigoku (“Unzen Hell”): Hot water and gases spout out of the earth. White steam and a smell of sulfur accompany you as you walk through this hotspot of volcanic activity. The songs of the wild birds bring another aspect to the scene: in this place, nature shows both its fierceness and beauty in a fascinating spectacle. It was also a site where Christians were martyred.

A document records that Matsukura Shigemasa, posted to the Shimabara domain, tortured Christians at so-called ‘hells’ in the mountains of Unzen. During the period between 1627 and 1632, Christians were tortured to death in the boiling waters of the hot springs. At a place called Oito Jigoku (‘Oito Hell’) stand two monuments to the victims, although the exact sites of the martyrdom are uncertain.

AREA
Shimabara Peninsula (Unzen City & Shimabara City & Obama Town & Minami-Shimabara City)
INFORMATION
Fees Unzen Jigoku:
Access is free, but charges apply for special tours.
Access information By car:
1 hour 20 mins drive from Nagasaki City

By bus (various buses from Nagasaki City, Isahaya, Shimabara City):
2 min walk from Unzen bus stop

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1Unzen Hot Spring & Unzen Jigoku (“Unzen ...
2KYUSHU HOTEL
3Unzen Kanko Hotel
4Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan
5UNZEN IWAKI RYOKAN
6UNZEN IWAKI
7Unzen Steam Kotatsus
8Unzen Hikari-no-Hanabouro Illuminations ...
9Kyushu Hotel
10Unzen Fukiya
11Mt.Unzen Visitor Center
12HOTEL TOYOKAN
13Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan
14Unzen Fukudaya
15UNZEN KANKO HOTEL
16Azumaen
17Yumei Hotel
18RYOTEI HANZUIRYO
19Seiunso Resort Hotel & Spa
20Yumoto Hotel since 1695
21Unzen Church
22Nita Pass, Unzen
23Fugendake & Heisei Shinzan Volcano Trail
24Tawaraishi Viewpoint
25Eco Park Ronshobaru
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