Hokkaido July 2010 Trip Day 12 - Visit to the Jigokudani (地獄谷) Noboribetsu

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Burger please... ;)

Guess I have been anticipating for Jigokudani for quite sometimes after looking at Kancil's photo album last time when he is there during the winter season. (Becuase of the Red and Blue Ghost Figures and the face changing show that they have in town). Jigokudani is a pretty nice place. Jigokudani is also known as "Hell Valley" and is a spectacular, appropriately named valley just above the town of Noboribetsu Onsen, which displays hot steam vents, sulfurous streams and other volcanic activity. But also, it also means that the trip to Japan is already come to an end when we are there. :-(

More photos after the jump...

Waking up getting our self ready for some breakfast, looks like MOS burger is our choice here since there is not much shop open that early in the morning After that, we have a walk at the mall near by before we took off to Noboribetsu on a bus.

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#4 for us

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I love the signboard at the back, So LB will be the model here. :)

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LB said she like the train though. :")

Finally we are at the Noboribetsu. The first thing that we noticed is the sulfuric smell when you are walking around the area. Specially you are in the jungle and near all the streams. The sulfuric is so strong that some of the trees just can't really survive there. I bet there won't be any snakes there as well. ;") We have a walk in the jungle near by where there is a small stream that you could rest your feet inside there for a warm sulfuric feet bath. :") (Yeah we give it a tried as well)

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Love the ray of light here. :)

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Yeah all the tree close to the sulfuric area is dead. <: (

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But of course, there are still some green one around. :)

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A small break. is time to for some happy feet. :"D

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The hotel we stayed

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What is this smoke all about?

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Here we go some hot stream vents here. ~:O

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Entering the Hell Valley

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Finally the red ghost! (LB posing here :"D)

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And the blue ghost!

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Woods near the volcanic stream area

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Finally we are here.

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Check out the steam (you could hear the boiling sound of the water from here) ~: |

It is approaching evening time. We have been waited for a face transformation show from the king of hell which started at 8pm. (There are schedule for the show, so do check it out at that area). The show started with some songs and then suddenly the king will change to his horrifying face. I believe the show last for 5 minutes. (A pretty short one)

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Yeah love the lights. :)

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Transform!! (Was shoot in multiple exposure mode)

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Time to head back for some good rest

Anyway, this is the last stop for our Hokkaido trip. One next post will be a quick stop that we have in Taiwan. (And it is going to be the wrap up post for the whole Hokkaido Japan trip). Thanks for viewing people. :") Have a great night ahead. Cheers.

*For those who are interested, the full series could be view here. ;)

4 comments :

  1. transform 的那一张很不错的样子……只有 SLR 才能够做到啊?
    另外,我喜欢瀑布那里的照片,很美~~

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  2. transform 拿一张,我觉得。。。是应该有多重曝光的相机才能做到。(以前的菲林相机就有这一种的功能)。如果,不要的话,也可以在PS下手。(不过,我觉得,多重曝光的乐趣,就是您将不会知道,出来的效果,会如何,才真的很有趣。:”D)

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Chiat Hau is a portrait and wedding photographer based in Penang, Malaysia. He started his photography journey by shooting strangers' portrait on the streets of Penang and around the world whenever he travel. Observing life and culture through the viewfinder, Chiat Hau has found a passion for framing his subjects in a natural, cinematic and yet photo-journalistic fashion. Capturing precious moments in both commissioned assignments and personal projects.