Oita / Beppu
Beppu is one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan. If you are searching a unique hot spring resort, Beppu is one of the most recommende spots. There are many types of baths including conventional water baths, sand baths, steam baths and mud baths.
In addition, the tour called "Jigoku Tour" meaning "Hells tour" is famous in Beppu. Go to see several specutacular Jigoku (hot springs) for viewing rather than bathing.
Top Destinations in Oita / Beppu
Beppu Hot Spring
Beppu has 8 different springs named Beppu Onsen, Kannawa Onsen, Myoban Onsen, Kankaiji Onsen, Hamawaki Onsen, Kamegawa Onsen, Horita Onsen and Shibaseki Onsen. Aside from conventional hot water baths, Beppu offers sand baths where bathers are buried in naturally heated sand, steam baths that are heated by the steam of a hot spring, and mud baths which are basically muddy hot water baths.
Kokonoe Yume Grand Suspension Bridge
Traversing the Kokonoe Yume Grand Suspension Bridge in western Oita Prefecture is like walking across the sky. Japan's longest and loftiest pedestrian bridge, it presents panoramic scenes of Oita's verdant countryside, including two waterfalls, the Naruko River and the valley 173 meters below. The nearby Kuju mountain range and Handa highlands are great places to trek, and this area also boasts the Tadewara Wetlands and several onsen, chief among them Kurokawa Onsen.
Beppu's hot springs generate not only abundant amounts of water but also a lot of steam that can be seen blowing out here and there across the city. For centuries, people have been harnessing the naturally hot steam for cooking food. The resulting dishes are called "Hell Steam Cuisine" and are simple and healthy due to the gentle, additive-free cooking method. The naturally mineral-laden steam is also said to bring out the true flavors of the food.
Sightseeing bus tour
Beppu Hells Tour - Tour to visit 7 spots of Beppu
The Jigoku Meguri (hell tour) refers to visiting seven hells: Sea Hell, Oniishibozu Hell, Kamado Hell, Oniyama Hell, Shiraike Hell, Blood Pond Hell, Tornado Hell.Since there is a bus guide's guidance, you can also hear the attractions and origins that you will not notice if you are traveling alone.