To hell and back: a walk through the steamy hot springs of Unzen
Formerly a prominent temple town, Unzen became a tourist resort spot popular among foreigners in the Meiji Period (1868-1912). This gem of the Shimabara Peninsula is located near Mount Unzen, in Nagasaki prefecture. Unzen is never silent and never still. Walking the winding wooden and stone paths of its hot spring fields, your ears will be filled with the hissing of steam billowing from the ground, and the bubbling of the hot water gushing from the sulfur pools. These are called the Unzen Hells. And what a very apt name it is!