Owakudani

Sightseeing information about Owakudani in Japan.


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Owakudani is a volcanic cauldron of steam vents and bubbling pools created by an eruption some 3000 years ago. White plumes of smoke and the distant scenery of Mount Fuji combine to create mysterious scenery. From the ropeway station, a 15-minute walk takes you to a hot spring pond with boiling bubble and sulfurous odor. The speciality here is black boiled eggs billed to prolong your life by seven years.

There are walking trails leading nearby peaks for your adventure. The ropeway station is at 1044m, and the weather is windy and sometimes foggy, so prepare hiking shoes, warm clothes and rain gear. The ropeway slopes down to the Togendai terminal, where you can start a tour to explore Lake Ashi.

PurposeGourmet,elderly,thrilling,spiritual places,nature,kids,family,mountain climbing,hot springs,sightseeing
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4.0in the last week

It's really beautiful and unique. I heard it was dog friendly but it really isn't. Expect traffic as even on weekdays there can be long lined to park. If you're bringing a dog, you can skip the ropeway/cable car altogether. I wish I'd simply hung around the main parking area. The lake is lovely but you can just drive there anyway.

5.0a week ago

Unique geologic area, where soil is neon yellow and huge steam clouds are projected in the air. The whole area could have a way better layout to enjoy the views. Be careful, cloudy day = no view.

4.0in the last week

Seeing the steam escape from fissures along the mountain, reminds you that you are on a volcano! That being said, the ride in a gondola provides a wonderful view! Once at the top, gift stores abound. It is worth a visit, if only to eat a black egg!

4.0a month ago

Scenic view. You can get there by car (usually a bit crowded with a waiting time to park) or more convenient way is to use rope way, which offers also nice views during the trip. One of the attractions are black eggs boiled in the vulcano wells. Do not expect much out of it. The taste is the same as regular egg just the color of the eggshell is black.

5.0a week ago

Very beautiful. Black eggs are supposed to give you +7 years of life. They taste like regular hard boiled eggs tho.

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(a user)

boiled black eggs! boiled black eggs! boiled black eggs! I love it!

boiled black eggs!
boiled black eggs!
boiled black eggs!
I love it!

VisitedOct 2012

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(a user)

ONSEN egg very good.

ONSEN egg very good.

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The former name of Owakudani was Jigokudani, the Valley of Hell, as the scenery looked like the hell where volcanic fumes spurt out of the ground here and there. When the emperor and the empress desired to visit here in the middle of 19t...

The former name of Owakudani was Jigokudani, the Valley of Hell, as the scenery looked like the hell where volcanic fumes spurt out of the ground here and there. When the emperor and the empress desired to visit here in the middle of 19th century, the local authorities made the big arguments over the location name and decided to change it into Owakudani by clear reason that they could not welcome the emperor and the empress to the hell. Let us enjoy the valley of hell.

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