Spots in Unzen / Shimabara Area

  • Unzen Jigoku
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    4.0
    535 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 320
    Featuring air thick with the smell of sulfur and white steam bursting from underground, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell) really lives up to its name. It is known as a place where Christians were once tortured to death, and there are monuments dedicated to their martyrdom. Some of the attractions include the “Unzen Jigoku Steaming Footbath,” where visitors can experience the sensation of geothermal heat and steam, and the “Unzen Jigoku Workshop,” which sells eggs with an interesting effect: “Eat one, and you live a year longer. Eat two, and you live two years longer. Eat three, and you live long until you die.” In the fall, over 2,000 of these eggs are sold every day, making them quite the hot item indeed.

    We took the ferry from Kumamoto and when disembark in Shimabara, this place is only 30mins away. When arrived, you can tell that this is a very small onsen town with little amenities. The biggest...

  • Shimabara Castle
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    4.0
    303 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Jounai 1-1183-1
    Shimabara Castle is located at the foot of Mt. Unzen overlooking the Ariake Sea. The castle is comprised of a five-tier tower surrounded by turrets of various sizes and incorporates the castle architectural style of the Azuchi-Momyama period. The castle is distinguished by its tall and strong walls. After it was completed in 1624, the castle served as the seat of 19 generations of feudal lords from four clans over a 250-year history and was the stage for many historical events. The castle was demolished with the Meiji Restoration but the tower was restored in 1964. The interior of the castle is a museum which exhibits materials related to the early Japanese Christians and other local history matters.

    The big deal about this castle is the part it played in the Shimabara Rebellion in the 1600s. The mostly Christian peasants rose up against their cruel master and attacked this (his) castle. They...

  • Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan
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    4.5
    199 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 320
    This hot spring facility is located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. It has an open-air bath with water directly from the source, large public bath and reservation-only family bath with an open-air bath, uses milky-white hot spring water containing a large amount of metasilicic acid with skin beautifying effects using Unzen Jigoku's Daikyokan Jigoku and Jaken Jigoku as a source. Besides being good for acne, heat rashes, skin irritations and athlete's foot from its high bactericidal effects, it also has a good effect on various symptoms such as nerve pain, muscle soreness and joint pain. In addition, you can also taste traditional course meals utilizing seafood from the Ariake Sea and Tachibana Bay.

    This is a very nice ryokan in a beautiful location. I pity anyone who tries to drive here, they will collect you in a shuttle bus from Nagasaki station. This is our third ryokan experience and each...

  • Nita-toge Pass Lookout Deck
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    4.0
    124 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen
    This observation area is located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. You can enjoy the nature of the four seasons of the Nitta Pass and Mt. Myoken including the autumn leaves, spring azaleas and summer fresh greenery. In addition, the Unzen Ropeway also operates from the adjacent Nita Pass Station to Myokendake Station. In addition, there is also a second deck where you can see Mt. Heiseishinzan.

    We didn’t go up the ropeway but the drive up was already quite spectacular. We did a quick drive up and down as we we’re heading to Shimabara Castle.

  • Hotto Futto 105
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    4.0
    115 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachoukitahonmachi 905-70
    This footbath facility inside Obama Marine Park along the Shimabara Highway is located in Kitahonmachi, Obama-cho, Unzen City. It uses 100% Obama Onsen water, and boasts being Japan's longest at 105 meters long, related to the 105-degree Celsius water from the source. While looking at Tachibana Bay, it can be used sitting, walking or even for pets. In addition, there are adjoining steamers where you can eat seafood, vegetables and eggs steamed from the heat of the source.

    rainy day out but we are with legs in the foot bath of the 105 meter long. fun and enjoyable - especially that can relax with seaview. nice start for traveling day

  • Unzen Disaster Memorial Museum Gamadasu Dome
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    4.5
    105 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Heiseimachi 1-1
    The museum was established to convey to future generations the “Great Heisei Eruption” of Mt. Unzen Fugen from 1990 to 1996. The memorial hall has been built on the spot that was damaged by the eruption and which was originally sea. From the observation point, you can view the Ariake Sea and Mt. Unzen Fugen together with the new sight of the revitalized town. Experience type programs with varying contents are also held. It is a 10-minute walk from the “Arena Iriguchi” bus stop.

    It is very touching to go inside this museum, you can find all the relevant information, photos and remains of the two eruptions in 1792 and 1991. I am very much impressed by two things: First is...

  • Unzen Ropeway
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 551
    This ropeway operates from the Unzen Nita Pass in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City to nearby the summit of Mt. Myoken. You can enjoy magnificent views of Unzen, designated as a part of Unzen-Amakusa National Park, from inside the gondola. In addition, the station has facilities such as specialty goods shops and a mountain summit observation center, and Unzen Nita Pass Premium Night is an event held where you can watch the night views and starry sky of Amakusa and Shimabara.

    The ropeway is very short and there for not really worth it. They do, however, have expansive parking for at least 100+ cars, so many most travellers disagree with me. :)

  • Shimeiso Spring Garden
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    4.5
    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Shinmachi 2-125
    The Shinmachi neighborhood of Shimabara is also called the “City of Swimming Carp.” Some 1,000 tons of water gush out of the Shimeiso House pond daily, and carp swim elegantly in its waters. Come and enjoy watching the carp swimming amidst the transparent waters against the backdrop of the garden’s red pines and maples.

    It is not a particular interesting place to visit. The site is quite small, nothing much you can do and see over there, except the enjoyment of a cup of Japanese tea.

  • Roadside Station Mizunashi Honjin Fukae
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Transportation
    Nagasaki Pref. Minamishimabarashi Fukaechou Tei 6077
    "This roadside station is located in Tei, Fukae-cho, Minamishimabara City along the Shimabara Highway. It has a shop with approximately 1,000 specialty products and original products such as ""Somen Kanrinto"" and ""Iriko Senbei,"" restaurant offering the local Shimabara cuisine ""Guzoni,"" stores for Miyamakirishima azaleas and an antiques store. In addition, there is also Memorial Park of Houses Destroyed by Debris Flow, that shows the damage from an eruption of Mt. Unzen Fugen, and a Large Pyroclastic Flow Experience Center that shows valuable footage during disasters. You can see Mt. Heiseishinzan from the premises."

    Visited as part of a group tour from a cruise ship. A very emotional visit. Flow from the erupting volcano drowned these houses up to roof height. They are now preserved in a large covered site, that...

  • Hotel Toyokan
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    3.0
    81 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 128
    This hotel along the Unzen Road is located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. The hot springs are available for day-trips, and use simple acid water good for blood circulation promotion, fatigue recovery, rheumatism and chronic skin diseases. Besides a panoramic bath where you can see the scenery of the national park of Unzen, it also has an open-air bath, large public bath and sauna. In addition, you can also taste the luxury buffet that uses fresh ingredients directly from the local market for dinner.

    I booked this hotel because it was stated as “new opened” on the booking site. When I arrived the hotel, I was shocked to see its outlook was really old. (I googled it in Japanese afterwards and...

  • Unzen Sky Hotel
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    3.5
    76 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 323-1
    "A hotel located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. Facilities include a bathhouse with an outdoor bath and an indoor bath area that is the largest in Unzen Onsen. The bathhouse' baths are constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style from a source spring drawn directly from the Unzen Jigoku hot spring area. A sulfur spring, its waters are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, and diabetes, in addition to beautifying the skin. During lunchtime, the hotel's restaurant can be used by non-guests, and serves dishes like Rokube udon noodles, a local Shimabara dish."

    Externally this property appears worse for wear but the room was newly renovated with both Japanese and Western features. The bathroom was excellent and the bed extremely comfortable. The property...

  • Unzen Onsen Azumaen
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    3.5
    70 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 181
    This hot spring facility is located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. It has an open-air bath with water directly from the source facing Oshidori-no-Ike Pond, large public bath with a bath for half-body bathing, Japanese cypress bath and sauna, and you can enjoy bathing together with amazing views of the lake and Unzen mountain range. It uses simple acid water (with hydrogen sulfide) that is characterized by containing a large amount of metasilicic acid with skin beautifying effects. There is also a day-trip plan that includes kaiseki (traditional Japanese course) cuisine using seasonal ingredients from Shimabara.

    a nice quiet hotel in the unzen mountain.has its own hot spring..separate for ladies and men..they have 2/3 western style rooms.facing the road..all japanese rooms face the lake..very tranquil and...

  • Unzen Yumoto Hotel
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 316
    "A long-standing hotel established in 1695 located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. The hotel's outdoor bath and private reservable bath are constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style from a source spring drawn directly from the Unzen Jigoku hot spring area. The milky white waters of this spring contain an abundance of sulfur; praised for their skin beautifying properties, they are also said to promote warmth retention, aid recovery from fatigue, and treat such ailments as rheumatism and nerve pain. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's kaiseki course cuisine made with finely selected ingredients of seasonal seafood and vegetables from Shimabara; and the hotel's Western-style lobby and lounge, reminiscent of the era when the area flourished as a resort destination for wealthy travelers from abroad."

    Good traditional Japanese Ryokan with Onsen. Location is perfect, in the middle of the small town. The hotel is a bit old, as of other hotels in the area. Room is large, dinner is good. Car park is...

  • UNZEN Visitor Center
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    3.5
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 320
    This visitor center introduces the wonders of the Shimabara Peninsula to visitors, with a focus on Unzen, home of Japan’s first official national park. Located in Unzen City, Nagasaki Prefecture, the center contains exhibits that highlight the area’s unique topography due to frequent volcanic activity, as well as the fascinating plant life, seasonal scenery, the link between the volcano and hot springs, the history and culture of the region, and more. There’s also a section that provides information about the natural environment, which is sure to come in handy for those exploring the area. There’s a free rest area, and drinks are available as well.

    雲仙地獄が目の前にあります。四季折々の雲仙の豊富な情報の他に室内には昆虫の標本や雲仙普賢岳の噴火のビデオなどを見ながら歴史を学ぶことができます。

  • Ganso Guzoni Himematsuya Flagship Store
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    4.0
    123 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Jounai 1-1208-3
    This is a restaurant well-known as the original restaurant of the Shimabara delicacy “Guzoni”, standing right across from Shimabara Castle. Guzoni is prepared by boiling vegetables such as shirona (a leafy vegetable), lotus root etc., with chicken meat, conger eel, and omelette in a soup stock. The wonderful flavor of the bonito stock soup is so popular, people queue to eat here. In addition to Guzoni dishes, there are various set menus to choose from. It is a nine-minute walk from Shimabara Station.

    Guzouni - the specialty of Shimabara is a savoury version of the mochi (but softer), served in a clear dashi soup stock along vegetables, fish cakes and tofu. It is a chewy, sticky, belly-warming...

  • Funato Market Tottotto
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Shimabara Minatoshinchimachi 451
    A tourism complex located in Minatoshinchi-machi, Shimabara City. The Tottotto Shokudo restaurant operates out of a remodeled storehouse which was used by the lord of the domain in the Edo period and serves seafood rice bowls, sashimi meals, stewed fish set meals, and other dishes made with seafood from the Ariake Sea. The Tottotto Ichiba market sells fresh, live seafood and drive fish. There's also an oyster grilling hut and fishing ground.

    We wanted to enjoy some local seafood for lunch, so we went to this seafood restaurant close to Minamishimabara Station, which is next to Shimabara Station on the Shimabara Railway. The restaurant...

  • Unzen Vidro Museum
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Obamacho Unzen 320
    "An art museum located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. The museum's collection consists of Japanese ""vidro"" blown glass, whose techniques were transmitted to Nagasaki from Portugal; and antique Bohemian and other varieties of glassware. In addition to glassware, the museum holds season exhibitions of porcelain, paintings, and other works of art. The museum also holds special glassmaking experiences in which participants can create a piece of glassware using techniques such as fusing and sandblasting."

    Si tratta di un piccolo museo del vetro molto curato. Gli arredi sono depoca e testimoniano la storia del sito.

  • Toyo Tsukumo Bay Hotel
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    3.0
    30 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Chichibugauramachi Ding 3552-53
    This hotel is located in Chichibugaura-machi, Shimabara City along the Shimabara Highway. The baths use water from Shimabara Onsen that has sodium - magnesium - hydrogen carbonate spring water that is gentle on skin and good for cuts, burns, and chronic skin diseases. Besides open-air bath, Japanese cypress and observation large public baths, you can also use the observation sauna. There is a steakhouse, sushi and tempura restaurants and a banquet hall in the hotel (all require reservations), and a rooftop beer garden in the summer.

    島原からフェリーで熊本に行くのに便利そうなこの宿にした。季節柄バイキングが開催されていたので食べ飲み放題込みのシングルルームを予約した。島原鉄道駅からは中途半端な距離だが十分歩ける範囲、高台に目立つ建物なので迷うことはない。 風呂からは有明海が見渡せ心地よい。バイキングはお刺身がパサついていたものの補充が素早く色々な料理が楽しめた。何より好感が持てたのはキビキビとお酒を作ってくれたスタッフ(学生さ...

  • Tachibana Shrine
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Chijiwacho Ki 529
    A Shinto shrine located in Chijiwa-cho, Unzen City. The shrine is dedicated to Tachibana Shuta, a man who served as aide-de-camp to the crown prince and who also served as the principal of a school for cultivating young officer candidates. A museum on the grounds dedicated to the man operates out of a portion of Tachibana's childhood residence, which was dismantled and moved here. The temple is a famous destination for cherry blossom viewing, and in the spring some 1,000 cherry trees along the approach to the shrine come into bloom. At the end of the year, the shrine's torii gate is decorated with huge traditional bamboo decorations standing over 10-meters-tall which have been granted a Guinness World Record.

    Tachibana Shrine is dedicated to army lieutenant colonel Shuta Tachibana who became famous in the Russo-Japanese War which occurred during the beginning on the 20th century. Tachibana Shrine is a...

  • Hyakkadai Park
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Kunimichoutaira Bo 1448-46
    "This park is located along National Route 389 in Tairabo, Kunimi-cho, Unzen City. There are sports facilities such as a tennis court, soccer field and softball court, the park's symbol ""Kodomo no Toride,"" large play equipment and multiple plazas. In addition, there is a barbecue plaza in the park, and you can also rent equipment."

    テニスコートが目的でしたが、ふらっと脚を伸ばせば広いのなんのって! こんなに広い公園はなかなかないと思います。 秋でしたが、緑の綺麗な季節にまた訪れたい。秋の紅葉も綺麗でしたが、芝生の広場が広くて何ヶ所もあり、本当に気持ち良さそうでした。 遊具もたくさんあり、小さなお子さんにも持ってこいです。

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This hidden corner of the country is rural Japan at its best, where underground activity is to thank for active volcanoes and bubbling natural hot springs along the Shimabara Peninsula as well as the crystal clear waters of the Goto Islands off the west coast. Less well known than Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, Nagasaki commemorates its own past at the Nagasaki Peace Park, which sits alongside the charming Meganebashi stone bridge and a mix of religious buildings with beautiful architecture, such as the Zen Buddhist Sofukuji Temple, the Confucian Shrine, and the Oura Christian Church.

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