A Complete Guide to Explore Beppu Onsen Town in Oita Japan
Beppu Travel Guide
Located along the east coast of Oita Prefecture, Beppu is a hot spring city surrounded by beautiful sea and mountains. Beppu’s hot spring (onsen) gush volume is the second largest in the world, just after the Yellow Stone National Park in the United States. Thus, it makes Beppu become a popular onsen destination for domestic and international travelers.
Read this Beppu Travel Guide to know the best things to do in Beppu with tips to plan a great trip here.
Relax at Beppu Onsen
Visiting Beppu, you can see the fumes and steam rising from the hot springs around the city. There are several local onsen bath houses in Beppu, so you can just come here and do nothing but relax in the onsen houses.
You can find cheap bath houses ranging from 100 Yen, to fancier ones in Kanawa area with 500 yen or more than 1000 yen (~$10).
The Hells of Beppu got its name from the ancient time as people assumed it was cursed when seeing the gas and water bubbled up from the land so violently.
Because they can reach approximately 98 degrees Celsius, these Hells, or called as Jigoku, are for viewing only, not for bathing, unless you want to be boiled.
How to get there?
From Beppu Station, you can take a 20-minute ride on a Number 5 or 24 bus. Then, get off at Kanawa or Umi-Jigoku-mae stop and walk to the Hells.
You should buy a entrance pass for all 8 Hells Tour as it’s more expensive to buy separately. Also you should buy a one day Kamegawa bus Pass so you can take a Blue bus freely in one day. It will help saving up your travel cost.
Try eggs and pudding
Trying food from hell-steaming cooking way is an interesting experience in Beppu.
Jigoku Mushi is a traditional way of cooking using the steam of a hot spring, and the popular treats from Hells of Beppu are soft-boiled eggs and baked pudding.
These specialties are steamed by the heat from the fiery waters from the hot springs.
It will be a huge miss if you don’t stay in Ryokan in Japan, especially in Beppu.
The ryokan in Beppu were built more than hundreds years ago, so they maintain the appealing architecture.
Most of the ryokan in Beppu have a common onsen area and small hot spring in each room, so you can enjoy hot spring after a day out. The service at the ryokan is top-notch, and you can experience sleeping on futon in a Japanese-style room.
Normally, the waitresses or waiters will serve traditional Japanese meals at your room for dinner, and you’ll have breakfast in the common room.
P/s: I worked at some ryokan in Beppu as my part-time job.