Sushiyama Snapshot: Hokkaido’s Hell Valley

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This is my kind of hell. One doused in earthy colors and said to be home to friendly devils. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Jigokudani, aka Hokkaido’s Hell Valley, is located in a famous onsen town called Noboribetsu in Hokkaido, Japan, and is by far a more spectacular treat to the eyes than a camera lens. The valley is full of sulfur springs and a plethora of walking trails that take you up and around the area to different viewpoints. The best part? NO ADMISSION FEE!

Jigokudani is one of the easiest and best day trips from Sapporo. It takes about 1.5 hours by train to Noboribetsu Station followed by a 15 minute bus ride to Noboribetsu Onsen bus terminal. When you get off the bus, facing the road, go left and walk for about 5-10 minutes until you reach the entrance of the park. The bus terminal has pamphlets in English, and the staff can give you directions as well.

Enjoy your time in hell.

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