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
19Old Samurai Warriors’ Houses
20Seiunso Resort Hotel & Spa
21Yumoto Hotel since 1695
22Unzen Church
23Nita Pass, Unzen
24Fugendake & Heisei Shinzan Volcano Trail
25Tawaraishi Viewpoint
26Eco Park Ronshobaru
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