Blood Pond is a red boiling hell in Japan

Bappu: 9 Hot Springs from Hell!

When I was passing through Fukuoka, I decided to go to Bappu (別府) in Oita Prefecture (大分県).

How to get to Bappu?

If you’re in Tokyo, the fastest option is a plane that flies to Oita Airport (大分空港). I, on the other hand, was in Fukuoka (福岡) and so I used the local trains.

There are many different ways to get there, but the best way is the Sonic train (the blue one) going to Oita (大分) station.

From Hakata station (Fukuoka) it goes to Kogura station (小倉) and then, without changing seats, you flip the seats the other way and the train goes on to Bappu station (別府).

The cost one way will be about 4,000 ¥.

And then drive to Bappu Hell Ponds 9

When you get to Bappu station, change to a single-car train and go two stations back to Kameda station (亀田).

From there, take a bus to the first destination, Hell’s Bloody Pond (血の池地獄), but more on that later.

When there was an issue about Kagawa, I talked about how the residents of Kagawa Prefecture refer to their prefecture as Udon-Ken (うどん県), while the residents of Oita Prefecture refer to their prefecture as Onsen-Ken (おんせん県). Actually, the name makes it clear that Oita Prefecture has the most hot springs in all of Japan. According to statistics, there are 4,471 onsen here.

In order to understand how much or little this is for Japan, we will take the second most hot springs in Kagoshima Prefecture. Kagoshima Prefecture has only 2,785 onsen. And it is Bappu that is the most important place to visit hot springs, because there is a large concentration of onsen. There are about 2,300 of them here.

The most famous area of Bappu is the nine hot springs, each of which has its own unique characteristics. Almost all of the water in Bappu is comparable in quality to artesian water.

Map: nine infernal hot springs of Bappu

I made a detailed interactive map of Bappu ponds (in Russian), and I will describe each place in more detail below.

What is Jigoku Meguri 地獄めぐり?

Jigoku Meguri (地獄めぐり) is a small route with all the main unusual hot springs of Bappu, which are called “Adami”.

The word Jigoku (地獄) that is put at the end of the word of these ponds translates to “Hell”, because unlike normal onsen, i.e. hot springs, you cannot bathe in them, you would rather be boiled alive there + the water boils, bubbles and creates steam. Hence the name.

It seems to me that in ancient times, people feared such places because in those days there was simply no science to explain such anomalies. Compare that to the picture of the punishment of sinners? Now look at the blood pond in Bappu.

The cost of the 7 ponds is 2,000 ¥, it is better to take a voucher for all 7 ponds at once, it will be cheaper. For the rest of the hell ponds voucher does not apply, so you have to buy tickets separately, or just skip.

Well, I’ll tell you about all the places in more detail and I’ll start with the bloody Hell Pond Bappu !

Bloody Hell Pond at Bappu

Among the 9 hot springs, the most famous is the Bloody Hell Pond (血の池地獄 Ti No Ike Jigoku).

The enormous amount of iron-containing minerals at the bottom of the pond gives it a bright red color – hence the name.

The bloody inferno pond is more than 30 meters deep, the temperature reaches 78 degrees Celsius and you can easily be boiled alive in it, so there are fences and warning signs everywhere.

This pond is one of the oldest and has existed for over 1,300 years. Thousands of years ago, locals avoided it, fearing its “infernal” properties, calling it “hell”, because the pond is very hot and emits a huge amount of steam + terrible “blood” color!

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But afterwards, thanks to this pond, people began to create various medicines for the skin, as well as, learned to paint houses with its red clay. Since such a unique phenomenon is found almost nowhere else in the world, the pond was recognized by the Japanese government as one of the most important places.

By the way, each Jigoku has its own souvenir shop with items unique, for this or that pond. Here, for example, you can see such a worm’s head.

Next, I walked to the nearby hot spring, Tatsumaki Jigoku.

Hell’s Tornado (Tatsumaki Jigoku)

This place is called the Infernal Tornado (龍巻地獄), i.e. Tatsumaki Jigoku, for a reason. It is one of the largest geysers in Japan. Every 30 minutes it hits 105 degree boiling water for 40 or even 50 meters. And the water under the ground is even hotter – about +150C.

Not far from the geyser there is a souvenir shop with geyser drinks, ice cream, etc.

And then I went to the bus, as it was impossible to walk to the next site. .

While riding the bus, my ears were constantly getting stuffy as it’s very mountainous terrain and there are strong pressure drops, a side note to those who might have a problem with that.

White Hell Pond (Shiraike Jigoku)

The water in it is more like boiling milk because of the large amount of calcium in it. The temperature is about +95C.

The white pond is surrounded by a beautiful garden, which you can walk around in a circle.

Afterwards, I headed to the next place!

Devil’s Monster Hell (Oniyama Jigoku)

Devil’s Monster Hell (鬼山地獄) also has another name, Crocodile Hell (ワニ地獄), as there are literally tons of crocodiles of different sizes and species living right next door.

The temperature of the pond itself is about +99C, which absolutely does not embarrass the hundred crocodiles that are in the neighborhood. Naturally, they are not swimming in a 99 degree pond, but the water next door, they say, is also quite hot.

Crocodiles have been bred here since 1912, and you can find the effigy of the very first crocodile named “Ichiro” in the pavilion next door. He lived there the longest, 71 years, and was the biggest crocodile on the farm.

I even caught them feeding! It’s both creepy and fascinating. But keep in mind that you can only see the feeding on weekends.

Also, the pavilion has aquariums with baby crocodiles that look a lot like their dinosaur ancestors, only in miniature.

Hell’s Cauldron (Kamado Jigoku)

In my opinion, one of the most beautiful and underrated places in Bappu is Hell’s Cauldron (竈地獄).

It is a group of several hot springs with boiling blue water. The water here also, reaches +90C. I’ve never seen bluer water than this in my life.

It feels like it was painted with paint, that is so unnatural, but it looks very beautiful and spectacular.

Also, it is noteworthy that there is a statue of a “chef-devil”, as you can try steamed dishes from this spring.

Also, there is a very similar blood red pond here, only slightly smaller and less spectacular. The water here reaches +95C.

Afterwards, I headed over to the pond. “Monk’s Head O_O.

Monk’s Head Pond.

Monk’s Head Pond (Bo:zu Jigoku), or as Oniishi Bo:zu Jigoku is now called, is a mud inferno.

This name comes from the grayish bubbling clay and air bubbles that form on the surface. The temperature of this clay is +99C.

Sea Inferno (Umi Jigoku)

Sea Inferno (海地獄) was the last point of my itinerary, the farthest pond. It is one of the most beautiful 9 inferno ponds, however, I liked the “inferno cauldron” pond (kamado jigoku 竈地獄) better.

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The water in it has a bright cobalt and azure hue, the result of the eruption of the Tsurumi volcano 300 years ago. The water is comparable to the sea, but only in color, which is why this pond was named 海地獄 (Umi Jigoku) – “Sea Hell”.

A small lake 120 meters deep with water temperature of 90-98ºC is formed at the site of the spring.

This water is cooled and used for Ashi-yu (足湯), which is when only one’s feet are dipped into the water from the hot spring. Also, Asi-Yu can be visited by people with disabilities, as it has all the necessary equipment.

About 360,000 liters of hot water containing approximately 1.26 tons of salts are pumped out of the pond. Every day, the water is sent through wooden pipes to hotels and homes where it is used for hot baths.

Lilies and other exotic plants grow at the entrance. The water from the spring approaches the pond through pipes, so that it maintains a constant temperature suitable for the growth of tropical plants.

Also, you can buy bath bombs there so that you can have the same color water in your bathtub as in Umi Jigoku.

And near the greenhouse, near the Sea Hell (Umi Jigoku), you can find a mini blood pond. :)

Here we have passed 7 Hell Ponds, there are 2 more to go, but these very 2 remaining ponds are worth separate money and, in my opinion, are worth visiting last if you have looked at ponds like the bloody Hell Pond, Hell Cauldron, etc.

That’s it, we passed all the mandatory Jigoku (what’s included in the voucher). Now, about the places you can go, but only optionally, if that’s not enough (although you’ll be wandering around from opening to closing all the time).

Hell Mountain (Jigoku Yama)

Hell Mountain (山地獄) is a mud volcano, from the bowels of which gray mud erupts and solidifies afterwards. Also, there is a mini zoo with large animals (hippos, etc.), but the infernal mountain, is not included in the ticket price, which covers all entrance tickets to the zigoku meguri, so you will have to pay for admission separately.

BUT. I don’t recommend spending more money to get in here if you don’t have extra money, because there’s nothing special there.

The Golden Dragon (Kinryu Jigoku).

It’s simple. The dragon statue installed here emits three water jets in the morning hours, but otherwise just releases hot underground vapors. Again, admission is for a fee.

Also, in Bappu, as in all of Japan, people have taken a humorous approach and you can often see signs that read: “Watch out! If you fall in the pond, you’ll boil!” I don’t know, maybe there wasn’t anything funny here, but to me such a warning is obvious, since that’s how steamy it gets. But that’s what it says in English, in Japanese it just says not to go over the restraints.

Hot springs are also used for cooking. The steam from the high-temperature hot springs is used to boil eggs and make puddings, which are very popular.

Evaluation of Bappu and Jigoku Meguri Hot Springs

It’s one of the best places in Japan and I definitely recommend visiting this place because it’s unique, you won’t see it anywhere else in the world.

The only disadvantage of Bappu, and that is natural, is the constant drastic changes in altitude, which causes a slight headache and congestion in the ears.

Blood Lake Japan. Blood Pond (Japan).

The locals believe that the blood pond of Beppu is a real gateway to hell, where the souls of sinners live. The color and temperature of the pond are proof of this: as you have probably guessed, the color of the pond is blood-red, which gives it a kind of mystical creepy halo. The water temperature here reaches eighty degrees, and every 30-40 minutes steam rises over the lake, making it even more frightening. You probably won’t want to swim there.

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To the great disappointment of locals and tourists, the pond is such not because it is a portal to hell. The reason is the iron oxides dissolved in the water, and the temperature is due to the nearby magma and hot geysers. Nothing supernatural, but still interesting and fascinating. Blood Pond is a stunning place, contrasting, picturesque and beautiful.

This place is very popular with tourists, and it’s not surprising at all – who wouldn’t want to look at such a rare natural phenomenon, and moreover, surrounded by bright greenery, which pleases the eye. For travelers here is created full comfort, and almost all the infrastructure of the small town is designed for tourists.

Blood Pond (Japan)

Blood Pond (Chinoike Jigoku) is one of the most famous Bellu Springs in Japan. In Japan, near the town of Beppu, there are several similar places, which the Japanese themselves call hell. So let’s see, why is it hell?

Swimming in the pond is not recommended because of the high temperature, reaching 90 degrees, and a large concentration of iron salts, which dye the water and blood-red color. And above the surface of the water steam envelops everything and gives the impression of a bloody place of eternal torments of hell.

The blood pond at Beppu is the result of a geyser located in an underwater cave. Geysers spew over 50,000 cubic meters of water a day. The cave periodically fills with water and the magma, which lies nearby, heats the liquid and brings it to boiling point. When the water boils, it is abruptly thrown into the lake. At that moment, the surface of the body of water seems to boil over! Emissions occur quite frequently, at intervals of about 40 minutes.

Above the lake you can see the emission of steam from the active volcanoes, which are located on the shores of the blood pond. This amazing and simultaneously frightening spectacle attracts many tourists from around the world.

There are many legends associated with the blood pond, and in Japanese its name means “Hell”. One of these legends says that sinners were boiled in its waters. And it may be true, because at a temperature of 90 degrees you can easily boil.

The green leaves on the shore of Red Pond and rising steam from the boiling red water is truly an incredible sight, making the pilgrimage of many thousands of tourists. The town of Beppu has been a popular tourist destination since it was founded in 1924. Steam escapes through every available crevice, as if the city were on a giant frying pan and roasted on a big fire. About 12 million tourists from all over the world visit this place every year.

It’s sure to make you gasp and feel a sense of heavenly delight. But sights do not always evoke such feelings. In contrast to Beey Pond, and again in Japan, there is the so-called Blood Pond. Here we have feelings of a different kind. Fear mixed with admiration, chilling horror of the soul paired with genuine surprise – about this is what tourists say about it.

Blood Pond is located in the town of Beppu in the northeastern part of Kyushu Island.

Bloody Pond on a map

  • Geographic coordinates 33.327189, 131.478133
  • Distance from Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is about 800 km in a straight line.
  • Distance to the nearest airport in Kumamoto about 80 km as a straight line

Blood Pond (originally Chinoike Jigoku) is famous for the color of its water. Have you already guessed what color it is? That’s right – blood red. In fact, the town of Beppu is known for its red pond.

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The pond with its unnatural color has long surrounded the locals with a mystical halo. Legends say that it is a hellish place. As a hellish place, it is believed that the souls of sinners live there. And the pond itself is the gateway to hell. The final resemblance to a slice of hell on earth is given by the temperature of the water. It heats up to almost 80 degrees Celsius. Plus every 35-40 minutes there is a boiling water ejection that makes the pond look really mystical and scary. The bubbling red pond is mystical, terrifying, but still eye-catching.

Boiling Blood Pond.

Scary? To take your mind off the hell on earth a little and smooth the experience, don’t be lazy and learn about a branch of the starry sky on Earth – it’s the luminous beaches of Vaadhu Island .

Unfortunately for hoaxers (but fortunately for travelers), meticulous scientists have figured out the reasons for this behavior of the body of water. First, the color. It is explained by the abundance of iron oxides in these places. The water temperature is due to the proximity of the earth’s magma and the activity of hot geysers. All these wonders happen roughly as follows: the underwater cave deep in Bloody Pond is near the hot layer of the earth’s surface (magma), the water heats up and pushes to the surface (while saturating it with iron oxide). In place of the hot water, cooler water enters the cave. Then the process repeats, invariably delighting (or maybe scaring) visitors. I must say that there are usually a lot of tourists here.

An interesting contrast is created by the nature in this place. On the one hand is the red waters, and on the other – the lush greenery of local flora. It is a stunning combination.

Lest anyone fall into the boiling water, Bloody Pond is surrounded by a fence. For those who want to feel the water of this infernal cauldron, there are special small baths. The water in them is cooled down to an acceptable temperature. You will not be able to bathe completely, but it is quite realistic to dip your feet.

Blood Pond is one of the infernal attractions of Japan, annually attracting a mass of tourists, so the area around it is landscaped and groomed. Literally a stone’s throw away there is a parking lot, tourist center, and souvenir store.

If you manage to visit Bloody Pond, you might have time to visit the famous Kawachi Fuji Gardens 85 kilometers straight northwest. The scenery in this botanical garden is certainly not hellish. Well, except that it’s infernally appealing and pretty as hell.

Bloody Pond photo.

Blood Pond is a mesmerizing beauty. In Japan, on Kyushu Island, near the town of Bellu, there is a true natural wonder, the Blood Pond, which has a history of more than 1,300 years. Its mesmerizing beauty is incomparable to any other place on the planet.

Blood Pond in Beppu

Looking at the photos, one might well think that people created this place specifically to make horror movies. The setting is indeed a little creepy and that’s natural because the water in Blood Pond is red.

Blood Pond is a very famous landmark . There are so many legends associated with it, but locals say that at the bottom of the spring live the suffering souls of sinners.

Many tourists who have visited the red spring tell about its different shades of water, and it is immediately worth saying that they are all right. The color of the water in the Bloody Pond changes depending on weather conditions. For example, in a thunderstorm, this place looks especially creepy – the water darkens and becomes a deep red color, like real blood. On cloudy or rainy days, the water takes on a bright scarlet hue, and in sunny weather – orange-red.

It is also necessary to mention the amazing landscape that surrounds the “body of water”. Its banks are decorated with large boulders, exotic plants and trees. The steam rising above the water, red smoothness, enhances the overall impression.

Blood Pond is a thermal spring located in a small underwater cave and discharges large amounts of hot water daily. The water temperature can reach + 90 degrees Celsius. Even over the “bloody” waters you can see the emission of vapors that come from small active volcanoes, located on the shore.

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A huge number of travelers come to see this natural, amazing miracle, frightening and something mesmerizing.

Getting to Bloody Pond is easy, with airplanes, high-speed trains, buses and cabs available to tourists. The trip from Oita Airport takes no more than thirty minutes.

The Japanese say this place is Hell – hot, bloody and scary. From a scientific point of view, however, this unusual color of the water can be easily explained. The main reason is the iron oxide that stains the water. It is contained in the spring, in very large quantities.

Of course, it is better to see with your own eyes this wonderful combination of natural phenomena. This place must be “felt with the skin”.

Blood Pond (Chinoike Jigoku) is one of the most famous Bellu Springs, which is located in Japan. In Japan, near the town of Beppu (Beppu), there are several similar places, which the Japanese themselves call hell. So let’s see, why is it hell?

Swimming in the pond is not recommended because of the high temperature, reaching 90 degrees, and a large concentration of iron salts, which dye the water and blood-red color. And above the surface of the water steam envelops everything and gives the impression of a bloody place of eternal torments of hell.

– is the result of the life of a geyser located in an underwater cave. Geysers spew over 50 000 cubic meters of water a day. The cave periodically fills with water and the magma, which lies nearby, heats the liquid and brings it to boiling point. When the water boils, it is abruptly thrown into the lake. At that moment, the surface of the body of water seems to boil over! The outbursts are quite frequent, at intervals of about 40 minutes.

Above the lake you can see the emission of steam from the active volcanoes, which are located on the shores of the blood pond. This amazing and simultaneously frightening spectacle attracts many tourists from around the world.

There are many legends associated with the blood pond, and in Japanese its name means “Hell”. One of these legends says that sinners were boiled in its waters. And it may be true, because at a temperature of 90 degrees you can easily boil.

Green leaves on the shore of the Red Pond and rising steam from the boiling red water – a truly incredible spectacle, which makes many thousands of tourists to make a pilgrimage. The town of Beppu has been a popular tourist destination since it was laid out in 1924. Steam escapes through every available crevice, as if the city were on a giant frying pan and roasted on a big fire. About 12 million tourists from all over the world visit this place every year.

The Bloody Pond fence protects the careless tourists. Blood Pond is one of the most interesting attractions in Japan. It is a perfect destination for a self-guided tour of Japan!

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