This is a geyser that spouts at relatively short intervals. Not very big, in fact the staging area for watching the geyser is huge, so I expected something a little more, but still it was a change from the coloured hells of the other jigoku's (plural Japanese...hmmm).
Come, grab a locally made ice-cream and watch the geyser spout. Your feet will thank you if you've been on them all day.
The clay in this spring is so so hot that it lets off a red coloured steam.
This is Japan's oldest natural "Jigoku". The springs temperature is 78oC.
They also seem "Chinoike Ointment" here, which is made from the red clay produced in the hot spring. It is said to be good for skin diseases.
This is "The White Pond Hell", so named because the colourless water that spouts from the ground mysteriously turns creamy white. The setting is in a traditional Japanese garden and it's a good place to take a rest and soak your feet.
It is said that the force of the steam produced at this spring can pull one and a half train cars.
This "jigoku" is also home to a variety of crocodiles and alligators, who relish in the warm waters. The feeding time is worth a look.
This one was completely kitsch. They have a big bright red "demon" standing on an enormous cooking pot as their mascot for this "jigoku".
This place seemed a popular place for the Korean and Chinese bus tours and I was almost knocked into a hot spring by one group of older female tourists with foot baths on their minds and their manners left safely in their own country. The hot spring is less impressive than others, so if you don't have time, miss this one.
Yama means mountain and over the years a "mountain" of mud has formed at this "jigoku". Gusts of steam are released and there is also a mini zoo. Feeding the hippos was a highlight for me, but I am a big kid when it comes to animals.
So called because it resembles the sea.
It is 200 meters deep and cobalt blue in colour, but don't let the colour fool you, the water is boiling. They say this hot spring emerged 1200 years ago.
The gardens around Umi-Jigoku are beautiful and from May to November there are gigantic "Victoria Amazonica" lotus flowers in the hot spring waters.
Every area in Japan seems to have it's local food/speciality. One city is famous for gyoza, another for shiitake mushrooms, it's no exception with Beppu (Oita). Some of the local treats worth trying are:
Dango-jiru: a soup made with miso and with udon like dumplings or noodles in it. Delicious!
Toriten: Chicken tenpura. The chicken is soft and juice and has no fat or skin. So good!
Kabosu: a lime like citrus fruit. I had it as juice and in a tofu ice-cream.
Onsen pudding: Sold only at the first of the 8 hells. This pudding was pretty darn good.
There are many others, but the above list is a good place to start.
Beppu Tower is a landmark in Beppu-city.
There are discount shops on the 1st floor, there is a view lounge on the 16th floor and there is an observatory which can overlook Beppu-city on the 17th floor.
The Takasaki mountain animal park with an altitude of 625m located in the boundary line of Oita-city and Beppu-city is known as a habitat of the wild Japanese monkey.
The park was opened in 1953, in which about 1700 wild Japanese monkey are living.
Don't you meet with the wild Japanese monkeys in this park.
There's plenty of geothermal activity around this area, and there are a string of very hot pools around Beppu. They're called Jigoku in Japanese, and it would not be a good idea to jump in!
Although I can't quite remember the name, this would be my favourite.
We were just wandering along after we had checked into our lttle B&B type accommodation when we spotted this place and thought we'd explore what it had to offer.
Boy oh boy, was I glad we did!
Separate men's and women's sections and I was led off by a gnarled old Japanese woman with nothing but a small towel to protect my modesty (if I was better endowed maybe I would'nt be so modest!!). So we went into this large room and it's just like the beach, except not the lovely fine grained, beautiful white sand of my childhood home North Haven....., it's thick, coarse grained, almost gluggy looking dark brown/black sand and my enthusiasm waned.
Little did I know the delight in store for me!
But weird, being buried up to the neck in hot, yucky sand (like relieving my childhood on the beach at N.H.). At the end of my 15-20 minutes when the gnarled old lady came to dig me out I had never felt so relaxed before in my whole life. This was better than SEX (well so I thought at the time, but these days I'm not 100% certain either way! LOL!)
The Suginoi Palace is a grand hotel up on a hillside overlooking the Bay at Beppu.
It probably would be terrific to stay at , if you could afford to, but you don't have to stay there to take advantage of the first rate bathing facilities they have to offer.
We caght a bus up from down near the waterfront and it took about 10 - 15 minutes to get there
Also known as the Trans-Kyushu Highway, this road leaving Beppu City and travelling inland, beckons one on a beautiful journey which horizontally bisects Oita Prefecture.
Farther along the Yamanami Highway are the highlands leading to the Kuju Mountain Range. While lavender and wildflower gardens scent the plateau, the Shindo Falls, Kyushu's highest waterfalls, tumble 83 meters into the Narukogawa Gorge. The force of the water is such that it is said that visitors feel the ground shake near the base of the falls.
Hard-working mud forms the basis for Mountain Hell, where an accumulation of the stuff over the years has formed a berg. Rising steam gives the hot spring an eerie atmosphere. Its thermo heat is applied for the nearby botanic zoo