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Beppu city

BeppuMap of Beppu city Beppu is the second largest city in Oita Prefecture after Oita city.
It is located about 15 km west-northwest of Oita city, and the east coast faces Beppu Bay connecting to Seto Inland Sea.

To the west of this city, there are two active volcanos, Mount Tsurumi (1,375 meters high) and Mount Yufu (1,583 meters high).
Beppu is at the foot of the mountains, so there are many hot springs in the city.
(On the western foot of Mount Yufu, there is Yufuin hot spring resort.)

Beppu city has about 2,900 hot springs, and they made up 10 percent of the total hot springs in Japan.
And 137,000 kiloliters of hot water is discharged from these hot spring in a day.
More than 100 hotels and ryokans are in this city.

Beppu City Guide : Beppu city official website
Beppu Navi : Beppu Tourist Association official website

Beppu Eight Hot Spring Resorts

In the Beppu city, there are main eight areas.
Each of them has a different spring quality and atmosphare.

  • Beppu-onsen /1/ : The central resort area around JR Beppu station.
    Many ryokans, hotels and public bathhouses are in the downtown.
  • Hamawaki-onsen /2/ : The area around JR Higashi-Beppu station.
    There are some small public bathhouses.
  • Kankaiji-onsen /3/ : The area on the slope to the west of JR Beppu station.
    The accommodations have good prospects of the city and the sea.
  • Horita-onsen /4/ : The area to the west of Kankaiji-onsen.
    It is in the mountains, and much hot water is discharged.
  • Myoban-onsen /5/ : The area on the moutainside located about 7 km northwest of central Beppu.
    "Myoban" means "alum". This area has produced alum since ancient times.
    The hot water includes alum and sulfur, so it has a color of milky white.
  • Kan'nawa-onsen /6/ : The area located about 5 km north of central Beppu.
    There are not only general hotels and ryokans but also many accommodations for long stay to cure disease.
    Here is the central area of "Hell Tour".
  • Shibaseki-onsen /7/ : The area located about 2 km north of Kan'nawa-Onsen.
    It is old hot spring, and Emperor Daigo in 895 and Emperor Go-Reizei in 1044 took the bath.
    Famous "Bloody Pond" is around this hot spring.
  • Kamegawa-onsen /8/ : The area located about 7 km north of central Beppu.
    It is on the seaside. In the early 20th century, Naval Hospital was set up.

Beppu Hell Tour

The places discharging hot water from the earth show strange spectacle.
It evokes a scenery of hell, so such spring or pond is called "jigoku" meaning "hell" in Japanese.
There are over a dozen such spots in Beppu city.
Particularly, eight of them are famous, and the regular sightseeing bus touring around them is operated from Beppu station.
The tour is called "Jigoku-meguri" ("Hell Tour").

  • Umi Jigoku /11/ : Hell of Sea. The color of water is cobalt blue by iron sulfate.
    The color looks like sea, but the temperature of the water is 98 degrees C.
  • Oniishi-Bouzu Jigoku /12/ : Hell of Priest's head. Oniishi is the name of the first owner of this pond.
    The hot water springs with white mud, and it looks like a skin-head of Buddhist priest.
  • Yama Jigoku /13/ : Hell of Mountain.
    Hot steams are blowing off on the mountainside. Some tropical animals are bred using this hot steam.
  • Kamado Jigoku /14/ : Hell of Oven.
    When the annual festival of Kamado Hachimangu shrine is held, rice for the god is cooked using the hot steam of this jigoku.
  • Oniyama Jigoku /15/ : Hell of Damon's mountain. The pond is filled with green hot water.
    Crocodiles are bred using this hot water.
  • Shiraike Jigoku /16/ : Hell of White pond.
    Clear hot water springs, but it becomes white when the temperature drops.
  • Chi-no-ike Jigoku /17/ : Hell of Bloody pond. The color of water is red by oxidized iron.
    The eerie scenery has been well-known since ancient times.
  • Tatsumaki Jigoku /18/ : Hell of Tornado. It is a geyser shooting boiling water every 20 to 40 minutes.
    For the safety of tourists, walls and fences are set up around the spring.
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Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

How to get to here

By railroad

  • By JR limited express "Sonic", about 1 hour and 20-30 minutes from Kokura, about 2 hours and 10-30 minutes from Hakata.
  • From Oita, about 8 minutes by limited express, about 12 minites by local train.

By airplane

  1. To Oita Airport, about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Tokyo (Haneda), about 1 hour from Osaka (Itami).
  2. From Oita Airport to central Beppu, about 40-50 minutes by express route bus.

Beppu city and Mount Takasaki Steam from hot springs
Evening view of Beppu Takegawara-onsen (A popular publib bathhouse)
Sand bath Footbath at the seaside
Horita-onsen Myoban-onsen
Street of Kan'nawa-onsen Cooking with steam in Kan'nawa-onsen
Umi-jigoku Oniishi-Bouzu Jigoku
Yama Jigoku Kamado Jigoku
Oniyama Jigoku Shiraike Jigoku
Chi-no-ike Jigoku Tatsumaki Jigoku

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