How to get to Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley)

About Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley)

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley), in northern Nagano Prefecture, is located in the gorge of Yokoyugawa on the Shigetsu Kogen National Park, the source of the Shiga Kogen.

This 850m above sea level is a harsh environment, with almost a third of the area covered with snow.

A steep cliff and steamy hot springs rise from everywhere, and the ancients saw such a scene called this hellish gorge.

But this place is a paradise for monkeys. Since ancient times, a group of Japanese monkeys have lived in the nature of this place.

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley), Hirakisono since 1964, is a place because of the interesting Japanese macaque ecology that can be observed up close, such as the monkeys entering the hot spring

has been widely loved by people all over the world.

How to get there

Approx. 50 minutes from New Chitose Airport to Noboribetsu Station on the JR Muroran Main Line Limited Express, and approx. 13 minutes from Noboribetsu Station to Onsen Street by bus


Free of charge


If you like volcanic landscapes, don’t miss it. It’s easy to reach by bus, buy tickets and store luggage, but there are not many trains, so you need to check in advance. In summer, the mountain itself is very cool, but because the hot springs are steaming hot, you will sweat when you walk, so it is recommended to wear a jacket that is easy to put on and take off + sweat-permeable clothing.

Tour groups are mostly concentrated at the entrance of Jigokudani, and there are very few people even in the peak season, so it is a good place for free travel. The foot soup is great, just a good place to walk tired rest, family members said if in the country will certainly be circled up to charge Noboribetsu hot spring is very famous, next time we must stay down to experience.

Also remind girls not to bring jewelry.

A valley full of hot springs, the entrance fee is free. Hell Valley is a strange and bizarre valley formed by lava after a volcanic eruption. Because the grass does not grow, the topography is strange, spewing white smoke, and emitting the strange smell of sulfur, just like in hell. The view of Hell Valley is really magnificent.

The rugged mountain pass is hot with hot springs, and where there is a spring, it is gray, and the rest is a white blanket. The hot air spurting out reflects the fairy aura of this mountain, which itself is strangely shaped.

Along the Hell Valley viewing trail all the way will pass several nice viewing platforms, perfect for coming down to see the mountain gushing with hot springs and fairy gas up close, face to face with the imposing scenery people are going to be moved. In the snow, any small scenery that is tasted in a small way looks extraordinarily pure and clean, and the white is so clean!

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley) is a ten-minute walk from Noboribetsu Onsen Street, and can be reached on foot by following the signs. To tell the truth, the hot springs here are really reliable and great, and are worthy of being a healing destination. In fact, the hell hot spring valley, driving is also possible to enter, but we only have 11 road two legs, so we took the walking path.

There were very few visitors that day, so you can experience what it’s like to walk alone in the mountains, yelling twice and not getting much response. There are signs and Chinese maps in the park, but it is too easy to get lost inside, but fortunately there is a signal in the mountains, we can walk by google map.

Remember to hike, wear sneakers, June rainy season, the mountain road is very slippery, not good, do not die wearing beautiful high heels, slippers or something, or you can not walk a few steps, their hardware facilities are biased toward the original design, retain the original posture of the mountain, in addition to the beginning of the volunteer grandparents, there is little staff.

Once we entered the park, we didn’t have to walk a few steps to the famous Hell Valley, and the volunteer grandfather was kind enough to help us with directions.

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