Unzen-Amakusa National Park is Hot, Hot, Hot
Marvel at the power of nature on Mount Unzen
Venture outside the limits of Nagasaki city to see first-hand the raw natural power of Mount Unzen. Set foot on this active volcano and you're in Japan's first national park, Unzen-Amakusa. That's not the only first—it's also Japan's first geopark!
Learn about the volcano's history, take a tour atop a wooden promenade of the volcano's unbridled natural hot springs, and finish the day with a nice soak in the springs or foot bath. The park is yours to explore as you like, with English signage posted throughout to allow you to better understand the impressive natural surroundings.
Hop on the ropeway to catch a glimpse of the mountain's gorgeous azaleas or the radiant fall foliage so beautiful it's actually one of Japan's national natural monuments! Or if you're the active type, you can trek on foot and enjoy the views at your own pace. Your reward for the ride is a view out to where the ocean meets the sky. What could be better?
To get up close and personal with this majestic peak that erupted in 1990, take a 100-minute bus ride from the Nagasaki Bus Terminal. Direct buses are limited to three per day, so visitors are encouraged to check the schedule in advance.