Hell Valley and Fire Works in Summer

Nobody leaves Noboribetsu without seeing "Hell Valley". In 2008, Noboribetsu celebrated its 150th Anniversary since it was founded by Kinzo Takimoto. Hell Valley is the icon of Noboribetsu Hot Spring and visitors are amazed to see the smokes and different colors of minerals, and experience the strong sulfur smell....

"Tessen Pond" entertains visitors to show the earth making action approx. every 15 min.

Also if you find halls along the pathway, try to put your hand in there.(See the photo on the left) You can feel the warmth of the earth body temperature (be careful, sometimes it is very hot!)

Since Hell Valley itself is still an active volcano, the smoking spots, the color of the hot spring creeks, temperatures, are different everyday. Also it's probably unique to Noboribetsu that there are 9 different types of hot spring minerals in one spot.

I like to go see Hell Valley because I can enjoy feeling that the earth is alive and kicking.

And it is never be the same. Everytime I go, I discover something new. A milky sulfer hot spring creek meets a red iron creek and blends in to make larger creek...it's a nature wonderland.

"Oni-Hanabi" on fire!
During the summer time (between June and August), we have fireworks on Thursday and Friday, "Oni Hanabi". "Oni" is ogre and "Hanabi" is fireworks. Fireworks are not designer's artwork but it is wild and matches the ambiance of the Hell Vally. Wanna see something different? Then make sure to come and stay in Noboribetsu on either Thursday or Friday in the summer time. After it finishes, you can also take photos with your favorite (?) "Oni" (Ogre).

Have an exotic hot night in Noboribetsu.....


  1. Hello, may I know whether there is any visiting hour for Jigokudani?

  2. Hi there. Many apologies for the delay in response. The answer to your question, there is no open/close hour for "Jigokudani" because it's open air. Please make sure to have 1-2 hours to walk and enjoy the wild view of Jigokudani area including "Oyunuma" and "Natural Foot Bath". You cannot experience anywhere else. Enjoy!!