Kawarage Jigoku and Kawarage Oyutaki Falls
A dynamic natural hot spring waterfall next to the ghastly hell thick with the smell of sulfur
The Kawarage Jigoku (meaning "hell" in Japanese) in Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, is a desolate landscape with gushes of volcanic gas and devoid of vegetation. It is one of Japan's top three spiritual grounds along with Mount Osore in Aomori Prefecture and Mount Tate in Toyama Prefecture. Located on the west side of Kawarage Jigoku is a rare natural hot spring waterfall, a bucolic hot spring only accessible during the summer.
Kawarage Oyutaki Falls
A rare form of hot spring in Japan, Kawarage Oyutaki Falls is formed from spring water upwelling about 1 kilometer upstream, which joins with mountain stream water and powerfully falls down from a height of 20 meters. The waterfall basin and mountain torrent create a natural open-air bath. Just a 15-minute walk from its parking lot, Oyutaki Falls is a favorite spot for hikers, local residents and hot spring lovers, with the best time to take a bath being from early July to mid-September. Don't forget to put on your bathing suit!
Doroyu Onsen is approximately 2 kilometers from Kawarage Jigoku, about a 30-minute walk. Called "doroyu (mud bath)" because of its opaque waters, the hot spring originated about 1200 years ago and has been known as a therapeutic bath from ancient times, with hot spring inns opened in the 1600s. The hidden hot spring is located in a small basin deep in the mountain, surrounded by grayish white rock surfaces like the Kawarage Jigoku with sulfur gases being released even to this day. Currently, there are two lodgings in this area, with each having different sources of spring. It might be interesting to compare the hot springs by taking a bath in the grayish white thick water and the clear and smooth water.
|Name||Kawarage Jigoku and Kawarage Oyutaki Falls|
|Address||65 Bogasawa, Takamatsu, Yuzawa-shi, Akita|
|Access||Approximately 45 minutes' drive from Yuzawa Station on the JR Ou Main Line|
|Closed||Road closed for the winter from early November to early May|
|Inquiries||TEL: 0183-55-8180 (Yuzawa City Tourism and Geopark Promotion Division)|