Hello. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. This time, I would like to introduce to you a hot spring place in Hiruzen called Kaiyukan Onsen.
Kaiyukan Onsen in Hiruzen, Maniwa City
Kaiyukan (it sounds like famous Kaiyukan Aquarium in Osaka but there’s no relation) is a hot spring. Since the camping ground we stayed didn’t have a shower room, we visited this place for a morning bath. The water is very clear and easy without much smell.
Obladi oblada! Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share one of the best places on earth for enjoying freezing winter. That shall be Beppu Onsen city in Kyushu! There are so many places you can’t visit in a single trip, so I picked 5 cool places this time.
About Beppu City
Beppu City is in Oita Prefecture where the annual yield of hot springs is the biggest in Japan. On top of that, compare to other onsen cities it is a lot more entertaining.
5 Places to Visit in Beppu Onsen City
Yukemuri Observation Platform
This is one great spot for taking very Beppu-ish pictures. See the entire city with steam? Here’s a live camera. Quite amazing even through camera. Perfect for starters.
Catch a No. 20 bus (Kannawa Line via Beppu University) at JR Beppu Station (it takes 30 minutes) and get off at Yunokawa, OR catch a 16, 16A, 26, or 26A bus (loop route) and get off at Kifunejo.
8 kumi, East Kannawa, Beppu City, Oita
Business Hours (parking)
April – October
November – March
Chinoike Jigoku (Red)
There are two famous hot springs that are blue and red! This color of Chinoike Jigoku comes from magnesium oxide and some other stuff in the soil. Apparently it used to explode once in a while.
Catch a No. 2, 5, 41, or 43 Kamenoi Bus (to Kannawa) at JR Beppu Station and get off at Umi Jigoku Mae. It takes 20 minutes.
559 Kannawa, Beppu City, Oita
8:00-17:00 (open everyday)
Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land (Mud Bath)
This one’s quite unforgettable. It was very nice and I got too excited that I spread the mud over my body and face over and over. However, the mud and the very strong smell of sulfur remained into my nose for days really. Better wash out face and body well before leaving. FYI, men and women bath are very close in it (divided just by a thin rope). Stay alert.
9:00-22:00 (closed on Wednesdays (except holidays) and New Year’s Eve)
Extra: Local Onsen
This is just another local onsen place. There are like bunch of them out there run by local community with super cheap admission fee. This one costs only 100 yen! It isn’t as entertaining as some places but still nice to experience a regular onsen as well with locals, don’t you think?