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  • Unzen Jigoku
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    4.0
    522 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.

    This is a fascinating hillside of fumaroles and mudpots, a chance to see geological forces at work. There are walkways throughout, and great signboards explaining various aspects of the area...

  • Shimabara Castle
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    4.0
    295 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.

    Visited Shimabara Castle built during Edo period located neat a samurai district in Shimabara. We walked around the castle grounds but did not enter the castle. Took nice pictures of castle, garden...

  • Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan
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    4.5
    193 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...

  • Unzen Fukudaya
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    4.0
    174 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 380-2
    "A hot spring hotel situated along the Unzen Road in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. The baths in the hotel's bathhouse are constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style from a sulfur spring whose waters are said to treat such ailments as high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, chronic skin diseases, and chronic women's diseases. Facilities include a garden outdoor bath, indoor bath area combining folk and modern design elements, and four private reservable baths; the bathhouse is also open to non-guests. The hotel boasts a full array of other facilities, including a cafe with terrace seating which serves draft beer and lunches like juwari soba noodles made with 100% buckwheat flour from Takaki-cho, Isahaya City."

    i have no issues with staying at old building, i felt it is well maintained, i didnt find anything haunted, creaking or cranky at all!!!!!!!! Love it so much, and i m staying all alone Old is truly...

  • Ganso Guzoni Himematsuya Flagship Store
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    4.0
    121 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.

    Had lunch at Himematsuya Honten diagonally opposite the entrance to Shimabara Castle. They serve a special guzouni lunch with rice mochi and vegetables in soup bowl. According to legend, the food was...

  • Hotto Futto 105
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    4.0
    112 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.

    First of all, the Obama Foot Bath is called Hot Foot 105. This is for 2 reasons. Firstly, the Foot Bath is exactly 105 meters long and secondly the temperature of the water at the source is also...

  • 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...

  • Shimeiso Spring Garden
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    4.5
    98 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.

  • Unzen Ropeway
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    4.0
    96 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. :)

  • Nita-toge Pass Lookout Deck
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    4.0
    82 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.

    A beautiful hike. I was there on a foggy day and still loved it. I would suggest walking the whole mountain and skipping the ropeway. The peak is great but the most interesting part was seeing the...

  • Hara Castle Ruins
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    4.0
    81 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Minamishimabarashi Minamiarimachou
    Hara Castle was the site of the end of the Shimabara Rebellion. Naturally fortified by the surrounding Ariake Sea, the castle was once considered impregnable. The Shimabara Rebellion was led by Amakusa Shiro, who barricaded himself inside the castle with tens of thousands of locals for 88 days until they were wiped out completely. Countless human bones and crosses have been excavated here, attesting to the tragedy which occurred at the site.

    The Hara Castle Ruins in Nagasaki, stands today is just a small reminder of the Shimabara Rebellion. It was an uprising on the Shimabara Peninsular in Nagasaki from 1637–1638 during the Edo Period...

  • Kojigoku Onsenkan
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 500-1
    This is a public hot spring bath made of wood where reportedly Yoshida Shoin once visited, and which was opened as a hot spring heath retreat in 1731. The source spring flows from immediately behind the building, and you can enjoy fresh hot springs at any time. The hot water is milky white, and is mildly acidic, gentle to the skin. The water has the effect of promoting circulation around the whole body, so it is said to also have benefits for heart disease and hypertension. It is five-minute walk from Ryokan Seiunso Inn.

    Room is larger than what I expected. 8 tatami mats plus alpha space is so enough for 2 people. Sulfurous hot spring relaxed us well. Jigoku is 15 minutes on foot from this hotel. We enjoyed...

  • Roadside Station Mizunashi Honjin Fukae
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    80 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 Onsen Azumaen
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    3.5
    69 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 Visitor Center
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    3.5
    45 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.

    地獄めぐりをしていたら道路沿いにありました。 雲仙のパンフレットが置いてあり地獄めぐりの散策コースが展示してありました。 ここに寄ってから雲仙をめぐると無駄なく最新の情報を手に入れて回ることができます。 紅葉の見ごろ情報も展示してありました。

  • Kyukamura Unzen
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachouyamahata 3953
    This hotel on the shore of Suwano-ike Pond is located in Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen City. The large public bath using river-bed water from the Unzen mountain range with a pH of 7.2 is gentle on skin, and can be used for day-trips. It offers traditional course meals using seasonal ingredients for dinner with a buffet. Besides guest rooms where you can gaze out on Tachibana Bay, there is a campground on the premises, and the hotel have various experience programs such as bird watching and astronomical observations.

    About 1.5 hours drive from airport to Unzen Qkamura Resort About 35 minutes drive along mountain road from resort to Unzen Golf Links. We Stayed at Qkamura Resort, located within designated national...

  • Green Terrace Unzen
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Obamacho Unzen 320
    "A cafe and restaurant situated along National Route 57 in Unzen Obama-cho, Unzen City. The establishment serves a beef stew made with a fond de veau lovingly crafted over a 10 day period from only the choicest ingredients, an Unzen-style omelet over Hayashi rice, curries, pastas, pizzas, steaks, desserts, and other ""yoshoku"" Japanese-style Western foods. The establishment also boasts an open and airy terrace seating area, and an adjoining free-flowing spring water foot bath."

    Very good food, and nice staff. The place was very comfortable. The set menu includes a drink, salad and a soup or dessert.

  • Okamoto Chez Damour Obama Shop
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Obamacho Marina 18-1
    The showcases on the first floor of this Western confectionary shop are filled with 50 varieties of small cakes available for takeout. The Obama Unzen Ganso Guruguru, a whipped cream roll cake which comes in four flavors, is the shop's most popular cake. Other Western confections available include Obama choux cremes, crepes, and puddings. The second floor is a cafe area which serves sandwiches and other light meals. The terrace seating area offers a view of the ocean. The shop also holds all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink events.

    小浜温泉の足湯近くにあるケーキ屋さんで、ショーケースにいろんなケーキがありました。パンもおいしく、とくにクロワッサンがさくさくでおいしかったです。お土産にいちごのバームクーヘンを買いましたが、それもおいしかったです。

  • Toyo Tsukumo Bay Hotel
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    3.0
    31 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.

    夜景を見ながらのビアガーデンは素敵でした。ビールの種類も他のお酒もたくさんありました。子供はジュースが飲み放題でしたよ。食事はバイキング結構たくさんの種類がありステーキやしゃぶしゃぶまであり大満足。お部屋は古い感じはありましたが高級感もありコスパは全然良かったです!

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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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