A "Jigoku Meguri" tour is a must for sightseeing in Beppu, which has the largest amount of hot spring water in the world. You should experience the "hells" of Beppu, which has been been in existence for more than 1000 years, and feel the power of the earth and the greatness of nature. There are many ways to enjoy it, such as taking in the steam billowing from streets of old time buildings and eating local cuisine that has been around since the Edo period. Once you step into the hot spring town, you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the town with steam gushing out all over the place that makes you feel as if you have traveled back in time.
First, take the standard Beppu "Jigoku Meguri" sightseeing tour. Said to have been created by the eruption of Mt.Tsurumi about 1300 years ago, you will be captivated by the beauty of the cobalt blue color that you would never associate with a "hell." At first glance, it appears to be a cool color, but the temperature of the spring is 98 degrees Celsius and the depth is 200 meters, so it has been designated as a National place of Scenic Beauty. A garden surrounded by nature spreads out on the premises, and you can enjoy the colorful scenery that changes according to the season, as well as a completely natural hot springs foot bath. Umi Jigoku's original bath additive "Enman-no-Yu" is popular as a souvenir.
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The history of Oniishibozu Jigoku is long, and it appears in the Bungo Fudoki, which was put together in 733 (5th year of the reign of EmporerTenpyo). It is called "Oniishi Bozu Jigoku" because the gray hot mud boils like a shaved head of a Buddhist monk. The boiling mud making a bubbling sound as it oozes forth is a sight to behold. There is also a foot bath in the park, and you can soak in the Oniishi-no-Yu onsen that is said to have various effects because of its narture.
Go to the Yukemuri Observatory. The Yukemuri Observatory, which offers a panoramic view of the city of Beppu, is a must-visit spot when visiting Beppu. The townscape with steam rising up in front of you is a sight that heals visitors. It has been selected as an important Cultural Landscape of Beppu's Hot Springs, and offers a panoramic view of the majestic mountains of Oita prefecture, such as Mt. Tsurumi and Mt. Yufu. It is a beauty that makes you feel the richness of nature in the scenery that you must see, so that it is said that it must be passed on to the next generation.
Known as the oldest natural jigoku in Japan, Chinoike Jigoku is filled with hot mud dyed red. It is a truly impressive sight. If you climb the stairs on the left side of the ointment shop, there is a photo spot where you can view the Chinoike Jigoku. There is also a spacious foot bath where you can relax your feet. It is famous for "Jigoku pudding" and "Chinoike Ointment," Chinoike Jigoku specialties that can only be purchased here.
Last of all is Tatsumaki Jigoku, which is a nationally designated place of scenic beauty. Unlike other jigoku, it is a geyser. There are other geyser onsen in the world, but Tatsumaki Jigoku is characterized by its short eruption cycle. The cycle of the eruption is 30-40 minutes. A roof has been installed to cover the eruption, but without this roof, it would blow up about 30 meters into the air. Enjoy gelato and fresh juices from crops harvested at Tatsumaki Farm.
Head to the Kannawa area, Beppu's onsen resort district. First, stop by the Kannawa Tourist Information Center to get a map of the Kannawa area and ask for recommendations. Don't forget to ask for a discount coupon. Kannawa Onsen was used in the filming of "Otoko wa Tsuraiyo" (Otoko wa Tsuraiyo), and is a town that is crowded with tourists all year round. You can enjoy the retro townscape while being enveloped in the steamy atmosphere typical of a onsen resort. Strolling through the onsen town with its time-traveling streets and warm-hearted people will make you feel nostalgic. The area is lined with cafes, restaurants that boast of their cuisine, take-out stores, and many other stores. It is recommended to stop by for lunch or a cafe, as well as to eat and walk around.
Why not take a stroll around the Kannawa hot spring town in Beppu? You can enjoy the old time cityscape while being enveloped in steam typical of a hot spring town. If you get tired of walking, relax with a foot bath near the Jigokumushi Koubou or a stone sauna at Otani Park. To get a nostalgic feeling, stroll through the streets of the town. It will make you feel like you traveled back in time to an old time hot spring town full of life. There are also hot spring spas, souvenir shops, and street stalls. It’s a great place to take a walk while looking for food, foot baths and the like. We hope you enjoy the old time town atmosphere.
Okamoto-ya's jigoku-mushi pudding in the Myoban area is the original jigoku-mushi pudding that has been produced since 1988, and is made one by one every day by artisans. The taste is a perfect balance of rich caramel and umami, which is unique to the jigoku-mushi process. Other delicacies such as jigoku-steamed egg sandwiches, Oita's specialty toriten (chicken tempura), and jigoku-steamed salted eggs are also well known for their deliciousness. You can see the steam rising from the teahouse and enjoy it while watching the city of Beppu.
Yunohana huts are places that raise onsen mineral deposits employing a method that has been used for more than 300 years since the Edo period. The huts feature thatched roofs and maintain the same temperature throughout the year. Steam of onsen gas gushes out from the surface of the earth in this area. Yunohana is the solidification of the minerals contained in the natural onsen. This is the only place in Japan where yunohana mineral deposits are produced in huts with straw-thatched roofs. Be sure to look for them.
Stop by Yunosato, a direct sales outlet of "Yu-no-Hana" medicated products. "Yu-no-Hana" medicated products are the most popular product of Yunosato. The products made by a unique manufacturing method contain the world’s only hot spring crystal and have been popular since the Edo period. The products are used by many people as a medicinal bath additive and are a cultural heritage that has been passed down for more than 300 years. Products from the Yu-no-hana series made using nationally designated important Intangible folk cultural asset manufacturing method have a high rarity value, so please try it.
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