Beppu Travel Guide

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Beppu Things to Do

  • Termas Spa

    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....

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  • Beppu Beaches

    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...

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  • Tatsumaki Jigoku

    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...

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  • Chinoike Jigoku

    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...

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  • Shiraike Jigoku

    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...

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  • Umi Jigoku

    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...

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  • Beppu Tower

    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.

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  • Kannawa

    Wandering around the streets of Kannawa was fun. You will see food being cooked by steam. There is a shrine on the hill which overlooks the crocodile hell from here you can see steam rising over the rooftops of Kannawa.

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  • Takegawara Onsen

    First constructed in 1879, Takegawara Spa is Beppu's most famous bath house, offering sand and regular baths in an atmosphere of the past.

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Beppu Restaurants

  • by ballball Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There are two Japanese restaurants and one 24-hr Western restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel Kamenoi. We had Shabu Shabu for the dinner in one of them.

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Beppu Nightlife

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  • Fantastic Oldies Rock and Roll

    Japanese retro rock at its very best. Hit Parade Band has great singers, wonderful harmonies and rockin' sax and guitar. Recreations almost as good as the originals. Don 't miss the Hit Parade Club.All you can eat and drink - wonderful value for money. Lots of different parties - many students - wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Teens and twenties...

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  • nightlife roads

    you have the choice. there is soo many clubs that some are even empty and the waitresses are reading the newspaper...that is what happened to us.But just ask people in street...they would advice you where to go.

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Beppu Transportation

  • Getting to the hells

    When you arrive at Beppu Train Station, you can exit on the mountainside and you are right next to the bus stop to the hells. Each journey to the hells will cost around 320 to 340 yen. You take a ticket when you board the bus. This tells you the stop number you started at. The price from each starting point will be displayed on a panel at the front...

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  • Kamenoi Bus: Mini Free Pass

    The Kamenoi mini free bus pass can be purchased for 900 yen (700 for students) from the tourist information centres. It allows you to travel on all blue buses for free in the day it is stamped for. If you want to see all the 8 major jigoku, then this bus pass makes travel to and from the sites cheaper. It also means you can visit other onsens...

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  • Most people reach Beppu by...

    Most people reach Beppu by train or by car. Closest airports are near Fukuoka, where also the Shinkansen stops, before you get on a local Kyushu-train. As Beppu is situated at the coastline, some might enter it's harbour.If you're a good walker, you can bridge the distances between the various Jigoku. Otherwise you can take the bustour that is...

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Beppu Shopping

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    The Delectable, but Pricey

    by aussiedoug Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    We were very surprised when we saw our first fruit shop in Beppu. For a number of reasons too:

    1. It was winter so we were only expecting things like apples, oranges, pears & suchlike colder weather fruits;

    2. So, lots of tropical type fruits;

    3. Really big pieces of fruit, on average much bigger than we get at home; and

    4. The prices were astronomical! (the master of understatement strikes again LOL!)

    What to buy: Well, if I could have afforded to I probably would have bought a mango or two, a rockmelon (cantaloupe) and a paw paw (papaya).

    However, when we looked at the mangos & did a quick currency conversion we figured out it wasn't really worth buying a mango for between 35 & 40 $Australian when we could buy something not quite as big, but I'm sure equally delicious for about $2 - 3.

    So, if you find yourself in Beppu during the winter as we did and a piece of lovely looking tropical fruit takes your fancy, you'd better be well cashed (or credit carded) up!

    What to pay: As mentioned above - PRICEY!

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Beppu Local Customs

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

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    If you're going to visit a traditional Japanese bathinghouse, read the specific houserules before being considered a Western Barbarian (-: I stated some of them in my general Japan-page.

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Beppu Warnings and Dangers

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

    Don't hang with your head above a hole in the ground to see what's in there, because 'what's in there might jump out'. Any second there can be a burst of boiling hot water go up in your face. (-; Most geysers have timetables near them so you can wait until the next fountain.

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Beppu Off The Beaten Path

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    by TWINE Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I nicknamed it 'Beppu castle' as it looked like a small one (from outside), but it turned out to be more like a temple (from the inside). People there showed me a big yellow ('golden') snake, which was brought from India to here. Very strange, but worthwhile to check out...

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Beppu Sports & Outdoors

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    by jorgblaser Written Mar 24, 2003

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    Of course again the spa in Beppu. There is one just under the railway station and another one two roads under. You can even let you burry under warm sand. That is nice.
    i think for 1000 yen or so.
    (further details concerning spas are in kyoto page)

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  • between Mountains and the sea

    Beppu is the hot spring paradise. Try some of the typical Japanese Onsen. And do the Hell tour. Also it is a tourist ripoff it is still impressive.

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  • Take the 'Jigoku-tour' or...

    Take the 'Jigoku-tour' or 'Hell's tour', that the Beppu-touristorganisation organised and which will bring you along all famous hot-springs of the town and their strange variety of colours. From blood-red to poisonous green. Blubbering grey mudponds and high jumping geysers. To complete the tour you might enjoy a Japanese bathinghouse or go to the...

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  • Jigoku (The Hell)Tour Map

    These are places where hot water rises to the surface, creating different effects, such as a geyser and bubbling mud.

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