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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!
Updated Mar 16, 2004
Address: various locations
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.
Written Oct 15, 2002
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)
Written Mar 24, 2003