Unzen Hells 雲仙地獄
Take a stroll through hellish Unzen
Only an hour-and-a-half drive from Nagasaki City , the Unzen Hells are a natural rarity of historical importance, with volcanic activity that bubbles and melts the sidewalks.
How to Get There
From Nagasaki, you have the option of driving, catching the bus, or taking the train to Unzen.
By bus, take one of the three daily express Nishitetsu buses from Nagasaki Ekimae Bus Terminal. The journey takes about an hour and 40 minutes.
There are also buses from Isahaya along the bus route from Shimabara, which has train connections from Nagasaki.
Walking through hell
According to records, Matsukura Shigemasa tortured Christians at the “hells” in the mountains of Unzen. Many were documented to have been tortured to death in the boiling waters from 1627 to 1632.
Named after the hot water and gases that pour from the earth, the sulfuric smell of this area will make you feel as if you are walking through hell. A popular tourist destination for Japanese citizens and foreigners alike, you can find various hotels and onsen resorts in traditional Japanese and western styles.