5 Places to Visit in Beppu Onsen City

beppu onsen view

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.

beppu onsen view
You would see steam rising everywhere in the city like this.

 

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.

beppu onsen observation platform

Access

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

Admission

Free

Business Hours (parking)

April – October
8:00-22:00

November – March
8:00-21:00

Contact

Phone: 0977-21-1128

 

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.

beppu onsen chinoike jigoku

Access

Catch a No. 26 Kamenoi bus (to Kannawa) at JR Beppu Station and get off at Chinoike Jigoku Mae.  It takes 40 minutes.

778 Noda, Bepu City, Oita

Admission

Adult High School Junior High Elementary
400 yen 300 yen 250 yen 200 yen

Business Hours

8:00-17:00 (open everyday)

Contact

Phone: 0120-459-554

Email: info@chinoike.com

 

Umi Jigoku (Blue)

Here’s another ‘hell’ called Umi Jigoku but blue. This color is from iron sulfate. Doesn’t look hot? Watch out, it’s like 90 degrees (boiling). Freaking hot.

beppu onsen umiike jigoku

Access

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

Admission

Adult High School Junior High Elementary
400 yen 300 yen 250 yen 200 yen

Business Hours

8:00-17:00 (open everyday)

Contact

Phone: 0977-66-0121

 

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.

beppu onsen mud bath

Access

Catch a No. 41 or 5 Kamenoi Bus (to APU/Safari) at JR Beppu Station and get off at Konya Jigoku-Mae. It takes 25 minutes.

 

5 Myoban, Beppu City, Oita

Admission

Adult Elementary Under 5
11,00 yen 600 yen 350 yen

Business Hours

9:00-20:00

Contact

Phone: 0977-66-2221

Email: hoyo-land@feel.ocn.ne.jp

 

Beppu Tower

It’s a landmark of Beppu City. Though compact, you could see cool city lights.

beppu onsen beppu tower

Access

10 minutes by walk from JR Beppu Station.

 

3-10-2 Kita Hama, Beppu City, Oita

Admission

Admission fee for the observation area.

Upper high schooler Jr. High and Elementary Under Elementary
200 yen 100 yen Free

 

Business Hours

9:00-22:00 (closed on Wednesdays (except holidays) and New Year’s Eve)

Contact

0977-21-3939

 

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?

 

beppu onsen local onsen

Access

5 minutes by walk from JR Beppu Station.

 

2-3-2 Kita Hama, Beppu City, Oita

Admission

100 yen

Business Hours

6:30-22:30

Contact

Phone: 0977-22-3625

Email: hsp-te@city.beppu.oita.jp

Lastly

How do you find it? We hope to visit this beautiful city again some other time. I am wondering how it looks like in different seasons (we know only winter there).

See you around!

Reference
Paradice Hell Beppu
http://www.beppu-jigoku.com/
http://www.beppu-jigoku.com/chinoike/
http://bepputower.co.jp/en/



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Superior Hot Springs in Kurokawa Onsen Town, Kumamoto

Konnichiwa! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty! Lemme show you around Kurokawa Onsen Town this time.

Kurokawa Onsen Town

It is a small onsen town in Northern Kumamoto Prefecture. It would be nice to drive through Mt. Aso then down to Kurokawa like we did.

Website: http://www.kurokawaonsen.or.jp/eng_new/

kurokawa_map

Note: Pics in this post were taken in 2014.

Walk in Kurokawa

Let’s walk around Kurokawa, shall we? Kurokawa Onsen town is small (meaning onsen places are all within walking distance) and secluded (surrounded by nature). One good thing about this town is you can experience different kinds of onsen, in terms of color from milky to golden one, in health benefits, indoor and outdoor, etc. Isn’t that amazing? It’s an onsen paradise.

 

Like other onsen areas, you can avail their tegata (pass made of wood that you can keep as memorabilia) to enjoy onsen-hopping in a discounted price. You can get it at the tourist information center.

 

Shinmeikan: Cave Onsen

Shinmeikan is the first Onsen we tried in Kurokawa. What a nice entrance, but onsen was quite wild! It was like a maze really. I swam down to the end and to another end…quite fun. Hehe. Figured it was quite steamy in there. I had a hard time changing clothes. Better be careful especially if you wear glasses.

Admission: 500 yen

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Sanga: Outdoor Onsen

Sanga Onsen is the second place we had (in the morning). I learned that getting into onsen in the damn freezing morning is the best damn thing! Sooooooooo nice. Didn’t wanna get out.

Admission: 500 yen

Reservation

Note:
If you plan to stay over in Kurokawa, I suppose you should reserve a room before hand. There are many ryokan, traditional hotels, but there isn’t any business hotels.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It’s a little hard to access but remember, the further you go, the better onsen we get! Totally worth a visit.

See you around!

Once again, Kumamon is everywhere in Kumamoto! Watch out!
Once again, Kumamon is literally everywhere in Kumamoto! Watch out! (It’s tailing me!)



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