Unzen has been a well known resort since the Meiji era and has long been registered as a national park and is located at the center of the Shimabara Peninsula, an area famous for its 8 mountains; the dominant peak of which is Mount Fugen which last erupted in 1990 after lying dormant for 198 years. The eruption caused the appearance of ‘Heisei Shinzan,’ a new 1468 m mountain and after the volcanic activity subsided, a good many visitors and climbers took to the slopes. In addition to its scenery, Unzen has some good onsen to enjoy. Unzen Jigoku is one such place and is usually covered in a cloud of steam and the smell of sulfur. For those out to stretch their legs, there are some 30-minute walking courses around the area.