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    Segregated Bathing in a Palace

    by GeminiKerry Written Mar 11, 2004

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    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

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    Takegawara Spa - Didn't Know Sand Felt So Good

    by aussiedoug Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    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!)

    Me at Takegawara Spa
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    Beppu Tower

    by gogonicetrip Written Apr 12, 2006

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    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.

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    Takasaki mountain animal park

    by gogonicetrip Updated Mar 8, 2006

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    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.

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    Eat The Local Treats

    by tigerjapan Written Apr 21, 2007

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    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.

    Onsen Pudding Toriten Eating Dango-Jiru
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    Jigoku Meguri - Burning Hells Tour

    by mightywease Written May 16, 2008

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    In 1927 Kumahachi Aburaya, an entrepreneur and the ‘father’ of Beppu tourism – honoured with a memorial festival in the town during November - established a bus tour of the ‘hells’- complete with tour guides - and since then a circuit of at least some of the hells has been a feature of the tourist agenda in the town. Visiting them it is easy to see how their combination of beauty, power and the strangeness of nature have exerted a fascination for visitors.

    Each hell has its own unique mineral content which colour the water of individual hells a turquoise blue, milky white and reddish brown. And it is not just the vapour steaming of the pond and the heat coming from the water which, though attraction enough, are there to draw visitors. Depending on which hell is visited it is also possible to purchase, from the attached gift shops, ointment and bath powder made from the mud and minerals of the hells, boiled eggs and also a steamed pudding cooked in the waters of the hell. If this sounds a little bit tacky well maybe so but it does not diminish the merit of the hells themselves and, being honest, how often do you get the opportunity of tasting a pudding cooked in a natural hot spring!

    Seven of the springs are within walking distance of each other in the Kannawa District of Beppu – these are

    Umi Jigoku or “Sea or Ocean Hell”
    Surrounded by pleasant gardens and with a hot house of tropical plants the water of the sea hell is, like that of a tropical ocean, a beautiful turquoise blue
    Oniishibozu Jigoku – “Shaven Head or Monk’s Hell”
    So called because the emerging grey bubbles look like the shaved heads of monks
    Shiraike Jigoku - “White Pond Hell
    Set in a Japanese garden the milky coloured water gives the pond its name
    Yama Jigoku – “Mountain Hell”
    Steam rises from ponds and a ‘mountain’ of mud, there is also a small zoo nearby.
    Oniyama Jigoku “Monster Mountain Hell”
    The ‘monster’ in the name of this hell could refer to the force of the steam coming from its waters or perhaps the crocodiles and alligators which are bred and kept here.
    Kamado Jigoku – “Cooking Pot Hell”
    Several small super heated ponds are ‘guarded’ by a rather garish red and black statue of a demon atop a cooking pot
    Kinryu Jigoku – “Golden Dragon Hell”
    A rather less garish statue of a dragon meets – and breathes steam – visitors to this hell

    Then, a little further away, in the Shibaseki district are

    Chinoike Jigoku - "Blood Pond Hell"
    Named after the russet coloured water this is reputedly Japan’s oldest natural ‘hell’
    Tatsumaki Jigoku – “Spout Hell”
    Every 25 to 30 minutes a geyser of water sends steam and heat spiting out of this hell

    A trip to all the hells takes around 2 to 3 hours, depending on transportation, tickets can be bought for each individual hell or a ticket covering 8 of the hells – Kinryu Jigoku does not seem to be included on this – can also be purchased.

    Umi Jigoku, Beppu
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    Chinoike Jigoku

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    From Kannawa Bus Station we took bus number 16 to Chinoike Jigoku the Blood Pond Hell. There were great views over Beppu as we left Kannawa on the bus. Chinoike Jigoku cost 400 yen to enter. It has a large gift shop selling spa products and souvenirs at the entrance. Blood Pond Hell is of course red due to the red clay dissolved in its water. It is quite pretty and is set in lovely surroundings. You can view the pond from the front or climb a flight of steps to get a photo of the entire pond. There was a restaurant which we did not visit and a very enjoyable foot bath which we tried. Quite nice but it would be better if there was more garden to explore.

    Blood Pond Hell My husband at Blood Pond Hell View over Blood Pond Hell
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    Beppu Beaches

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    Beppu has two lovely beaches. It was October when we visited and although it was hot no-one was swimming when we were there. Both beaches had park areas with seats. They were lovely areas for a walk and for a picnic. The first beach's park had some interesting statues too. There were convenience stores near the first beach - very handy for our picnic.

    The second of Beppu
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    Umi Jigoku

    by tigerjapan Updated Nov 3, 2007

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    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.

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    Kamado Jigoku

    by tigerjapan Updated Nov 3, 2007

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    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.

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    Tatsumaki Jigoku

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    This hell is near Blood Pond Hell. It consists of a seating area where people wait to see a geyser that spouts into the air around every 20 minutes. The name Tatsumaki Jigoku means Waterspout Hell. The geyser spouts for around 5 minutes or so enabling everyone to take a picture. When it had finished spouting we climbed the stairs at the back and wandered through the garden. From the top of the garden there were good views over the village. Toilet facilities are available outside this hell and it has a gift shop.

    Water Spout Hell View from Waterspout Hell Garden
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    Shiraike Jigoku

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    On our second visit to Beppu we spent a few hours returning to Kannawa and the hells. This time we visited Shiraike Jigoku or White Pond Hell. Entry was 400 yen. White Pond Hell has a large milky blue pond with lots of steam. It is quite photogenic. There are small gardens around it which have a couple of statues. Then there is wooden building with tropical fish tanks. The tanks include some pirannahs. Upstairs in this building there is a display of some Japanese paintings. The site also has clean toilets, drink vending machines, tables and chairs. It was quite interesting for a short visit and took a good photo but was nowhere near as good as Umi Jigoku. If you can only visit one hell, Umi Jigoku is the one to choose.

    White Pond Hell
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    Beppu Tower

    by IreneMcKay Written Oct 29, 2011

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    We decided to visit Beppu Tower. You buy your ticket from a machine on the ground floor. Admission is 200 yen. You then take the lift to floor 16 and hand your ticket to the woman there. There are great views from the tower over the harbour, beach and Beppu town. There are also little cafes and a display of photos from Beppu's past.

    View over Beppu Beach from Beppu Tower Beppu Tower
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    Termas Spa

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2013

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    This spa is located at the end of one of Beppu's beaches. You must take off your shoes at the entrance and place them in a locker costing 100yen. Then pay 500 yen for the spa. Women go off to the left, men to the right. You can place your clothes in a locker in the changing room. There is an indoor room where you can wash prior to entering the spa. This room has several hot baths and a mist sauna. The outside area is mixed and you must wear your swimsuit here. There were several pools and a jaccuzi all at different temperatures. When we visited everyone was very covered up (I assume as protection from the sun). They were wearing wet suits, hats, facial masks and gloves!!! I was just in my swimsuit. People walked round and round the main pool then began an exercise session using floats. I just sat and relaxed. It was fun and good value. I felt very relaxed and unachey afterwards. In the inside room there was also some spa water available for drinking.

    My husband outside Termas Spa
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    Umi Jigoku

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    We took a bus from Beppu Station to Kannawa. Exit the station through the mountainside exit and take bus 2,7,5,41,43 and 9. It cost 320 yen. When you enter the bus, take a ticket from the machine. This is your entry stop number. You need to look at the display board at the front for your final price. (We jumped on bus 15 on the way back which went a longer route and cost more back to Beppu Station).

    When you get to Beppu, there are 6 hells to choose from. Entry is 400 yen. We intended to visit two, but were fortunate enough to start at Umi Jigoku and that was so beautiful we just stayed there till it closed at 5pm.

    If Umi jigoku is Hell, I need to start being bad because it was beautiful. It is basically a large flower filled garden filled with a large pond. There is a foot spa where you can sit and enjoy the spa waters. They did wonders for my eczyma. (Follow the sign saying spa for a leg).

    Umi Jigoku means Sea Hell. When you wander through the shop on site, you will reach a beautiful cobalt blue pool of steaming water. This pool gives the hell its name. There is a little shrine next to this pool.

    Go back through the shop and up the hill and there is a blood red steaming pool - also stunning. Then visit the hot house to see the hell's stunningly beautiful water lilies. Also wander the gardens in spring they are full of azaleas.

    I did not see the other hells but am confident that this was one of the best if not the best of the hells.

    Cobalt blue sea hell pool blood red pool beautiful water lilies pond at Umi Jigoku wind socks at the hell
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