Japan’s most impressive geysers

07 Nov 2018 in Discover Japan

Discover the best places to watch hot springs blow their top!


Onikobe geyser, Miyagi Prefecture

It starts 20 metres underground and shoots 20 metres above ground!

Set in the Kurikoma Quasi-National Park and surrounded by bubbling streams and steam-infused paths, this is one of Japan’s most reliable geysers, erupting every 10 to 15 minutes.



Not far away, you can try a classic Japanese culinary experience: making onsen tamago (eggs boiled in hot springs water)!




Stay: Hoshino Resorts Bandaisan Onsen Hotel, a great base for a day trip.



Tornado geyser, Oita Prefecture

The main reason to visit this small geyser? It’s just one part of 8 “hells”, a collection of bubbling volcanic pits, each with its own distinctive character.




Head to the Sea Hell to watch blue water bubbling energetically. Admire White Pond Hell, a cauldron of boiling milky water. Or how about Shaved Monk’s Head Hell, whose mud bubbles are meant to resemble the bald scalp of Buddhist monks?

Stay: Hoshino Resorts KAI Aso, just over an hour’s drive.



Shikabe geyser, Hokkaido

Located on Hokkaido’s southern tip, this geyser jettisons up to 500 litres of hot water 15 metres into the air. It erupts every 10 or so minutes, with its spray contained by a wall and metal cap following past incidents of people getting burned!


Our tip?

Head on to Jigoku-Dani (Valley of Hell), a 2-and-a-half-hour drive away, for a wondrous walk among steaming sulphurous lakes and belching lava pits.



Stay: Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu, a peaceful mountain retreat.



Photo credits:

sekkun_jp / CC BY-NC-ND

kokoromo / CC BY-NC


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