Beppu (別府) is most famous for it’s abundance of hot spring resorts and bath houses. These traditional bath houses are cheap to enter and are very authentically Japanese. You must enter the water naked, after a shower, in most places. Beppu is perched on the edge of a mountain that reaches all the way to the sea. Some baths are outdoors with gorgeous mountain views. Natural outdoor baths, mud baths, sand baths and steam baths can all be found in this quaint village.
If you have ever wondered what a place looks like that you’ve never been before, then this is the second of a series of video blogs entitled “A Day In…” where you will be able to see what a place looks like, what tourist attractions you can visit, the best modes of transport to get around and what you can fit into one day before you even get there. These Video Blogs are aimed at the budget traveller with many of the attractions costing little to no money. Below is a breakdown of all the places I went and all the attractions I visited that day:
00:04 My hostel; Beppu Guest House. 2, 000 Yen per night for 4 bed dorm
00:13 Bus to Jigoku; ‘8 Hells of Beppu’ 1,800 JPY for all hells.
00:27 The “spout hell” features a boiling hot geyser, which erupts every 30-40 minutes for about 6-10 minutes
00:39 The “blood pond hell” features a pond of hot, red water and a large souvenir shop. It is one of the more photogenic of the eight hells
00:49 “Monster mountain hell”. A large number of crocodiles are bred and kept on the grounds here
01:04 One of the more beautiful hells, the “sea hell” features a pond of boiling, blue water. In its spacious gardens, there are a few secondary, orange coloured hells and a large, clear water pond with lotus flowers
01:19 The “white pond hell” features a pond of hot, milky water. The pond is surrounded by a nice garden
01:25 The “mountain hell” features small ponds of steaming hot water and a run-down zoo with large animals in small cages.
01:29 This hell is named after the mud bubbles, which emerge from boiling mud pools and look like the shaven heads of monks
01:37 Takasakiyama Monkey Park 510 Yen
02:06 White onsen bath
02:25 Friendly Japanese man outside onsen
02:35 Ramen for dinner 800 Yen
Info Place: Kyoto
Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
$1 USD = ¥97.78 JPY
I was there: May 2013 – Late Spring