Beppu Onsen in Oita Prefecture, in the northeastern region of Japan’s Kyushu Island is one of the greatest natural hot spring areas in the world.
The amount of water emerging from beneath the earth here stands at an impressive 140,000 kiloliters daily – globally number 2 as far as quantity goes. The number of sources for this naturally heated water to access the surface stands at more than 2840, and with categories of water numbering in excess of 10, this makes Beppu the No.1 spot for onsen in the archipelago.
Beppu Onsen Resort consists of 8 hot springs collectively called “Beppu Hatto,” and each features a different type and quality of water and landscape.
Beppu Onsen is located in front of JR Beppu Station and has a long an interesting history. Takegawara Onsen Hotel is a massive wooden building and acts as a symbol of the town. Hamawaki Onsen is located in a more residential area and clouds of steam can be seen rising all around Kannawa Onsen, the single most famous hot spring in the Beppu area.
Away from the town, Myoban Onsen is located at the foot of a mountain and is well-known for the mineral encrustations deposited by the hot springs over eons. Beppu Bay and the town can be viewed from Kankaiji Onsen which is located 150m above sea level. In Kamegawa Onsen, ample water springs on the coast and a natural sand bath are both famous and popular and even in the paddy fields on the mountain side we can see steam rising – at Horita Onsen. Shibaseki Onsen is another old spa famous for the healing and recuperation effects of its water.
Why not walk around “Jigoku” (Jigoku-meguri) with steam rising and high-temperature water springs from all around Beppu forming boiling ponds called ‘jigoku’ (‘hell’ is a literal translation of jigoku)? Visitors usually walk around 8 of the ‘jigoku;’ Shiraike, Kinryu, Oniyama, Kamado, Yama, Umi, Chinoike and Tatsumaki and a visit to Jigoku-meguri is often one of the highlights of a visit to Beppu.
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|Address||Ekimae/Kitahama, Beppu-shi, Oita|
|Link||Beppu City Ryokan-Hotel-Kumiai|