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Japan Travel Spotlight: Oniishibozu Jigoku(鬼石坊主地獄 / Shaven Monk’s Head Hell)

Beppu Jigoku Tour: Oiishibozu Onsen
Beppu Jigoku Tour: Oiishibozu Onsen

This is a a spotlight series featuring the individual Beppu Jigoku Onsen Hells. This installment is entitled: Japan Travel Spotlight: Oniishibozu Jigoku(鬼石坊主地獄 / Shaven Monk’s Head Hell) Travel Bandwagon recently recommended Beppu as a hot spot for a peaceful vacation. While there are plenty of onsen resorts in Beppu, travelers cannot bathe in the Jigoku onsen. These are strictly for viewing. Each one has a special feature that makes them special.

Oniishibozu Jigoku(鬼石坊主地獄 / Shaven Monk’s Head Hell) – The Oniishibozu is a distinctive jigoku. Located next to the Umi Jigoku, the Oniishibozu Jigoku is distinguished by bubbling mud bubbles which are as round as the shaven head of a monk.

Time:
10-30 minutes

Hours:
0800-1700

Cost:
400 yen for one jigoku or 2000 yen for all seven Jigoku

Access:
The Oniishibozu Jigoku is a short hop away from the Umi Jigoku.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Oniishi+Bozu+Jigoku+%E9%AC%BC%E7%9F%B3%E5%9D%8A%E4%B8%BB%E5%9C%B0%E7%8D%84/@33.3152916,131.4674244,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x3546a7bb7b850769:0x212fb07841bc133c!8m2!3d33.3152916!4d131.4696131

Features:
Oniishibozu jigoku features funny bubbling mud blobs that are shaped like a monk’s bald head. This area also contains and area to bathe your feet, and is close to the Umi Jigoku’s giftshop.

Review:
The Onishiibozu Jigoku is a funny jigoku. I’ve never seen such strange mud bubbles, and I certainly have never taken part in a mud bath, although this does raise some curiosity. For the record, Beppu does have several mud onsen that you can enter. Oniishibozu can be completed relatively quickly, but it is a distinctive jigoku, and not too far our of the way. The mud bubbles are distinctive and worth at least a quick viewing. The staff are very kind, friendly, and are able to understand some English. Just don’t try to rub the monk’s head or you will likely get burned.

Beppu Jigoku Tour: Oiishibozu Onsen
Beppu Jigoku Tour: Oiishibozu Onsen

Have you been to Oniishibozu Jigoku? Hop on the Travel Bandwagon and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Interested in the other Jigoku? Here are some quick links to the rest of our spotlight series and our original review of the Beppu Jigoku Onsen Tour!

  • Japan Travel Itinerary: Beppu Jigoku Onsen Tour
  • Umi Jigoku (海地獄 / Sea Hell)
  • Shiraike Jigoku (白池地獄 / White Pond Hell)
  • Kamado Jigoku (かまど地獄 / Cooking Pot Hell)
  • Oniyama Jigoku (鬼山地獄 / Demon Mountain Hell)
  • Chinoike Jigoku (血の池地獄 / Blood Pond Hell)
  • Tatsumaki Jigoku (竜巻地獄 / Waterspout Hell
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Summary

If you’re into the bubblng shaven head of a monk, this is the jigoku for you!  It’s also close to the Umi Jigoku, and an easy stop on the tour.

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