Spots in Beppu / Yufuin Area

  • Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hot Springs Tour)
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    4.0
    1643 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 559-1
    For over a thousand years, the gasses, hot mud, and boiling waters erupting from beneath the area from Kanawa to Kamegawa have led it to being called the Jigoku (Hells) of Beppu. In 2009, four hot springs, Umi (Sea) Jigoku, Chinoike (Blood Pond) Jigoku, Tatsumaki Jigoku, and Shiraike (White Pond) Jigoku were designated as National Places of Scenic Beauty. Visiting these four hot springs in addition to three other famous ones is fun and enjoyable. In addition to hot spring eggs (slow boiled in hot spring waters), hell-themed souvenirs such as Chinoike ointment, and Enman no Yu (bath salts) are popular to take home and give to friends. A 15-minute drive by car from JR Beppu Station.

    Theres only two national class sight seeing points out of 10 in Beppu area. The Hell of Sea is the best one and you should never miss.

  • Umi Jigoku
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    4.0
    737 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 559-1
    Umi Jigoku boasts of being the largest among the Beppu Jigoku hot springs. The beautiful cobalt blue color is due to iron sulphate in the hot spring water. Royal water lilies and tropical water lilies are cultivated using the heat from the hot spring and the flowers will be at their best from early May until early November. At the Bon Festival event, lower grade elementary school children (up to 20 kilograms) can get on the leaves of the royal water lilies that float in the pond. There is also a footbath. The hot spring has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.

    The largest of 8 hells in Beppu. There is the large Blue Hell with bright blue, boiling hot water, hot enough to poach an egg. There is a smaller Red Hell and garden with a small pond and path...

  • Suginoi Hotel Acquabeat
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    4.0
    1078 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kankaiji 1
    An indoor pool facility open in the summer adjoining the Suginoi Hotel in Kankaiji, Beppu City. Attractions include a wave pool, water slides, “water jungle gym,” Mystery Dork cavern to explore, and water balls. There’s also a kids’ pool. Modeled after a south seas resort, visitors can also relax on provided beach chairs.

    The hotel is situated at the hill with an amazing view of Beppu City and Beppu Bay. The onsen and the heated pool are great with great views. It is so nice seeing the sunrise while relaxing in the...

  • Takegawara Onsen
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    4.0
    470 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Motomachi 16-23
    A low-cost public hot spring facility operated by Beppu City. Originally erected in 1879, the current building was built in 1938. In the spa’s famous sand bath, visitors lie down in sand wearing a yukata robe, after which assistants cover you with sand heated by the site’s natural hot spring. Up to eight persons can use the sand bath at the same time. Wait times may grow long when the facility is busy. A 10-minute walk from JR Beppu Station.

    I was recommended this onsen by my brother who lives in Japan and he said this was non-negotiable. And boy was he right. A wonderful experience in a special place and all for an affordable price.

  • Shiosai no Yado Seikai
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    4.5
    381 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Shouningahamachou 6-24
    A hot spring inn standing on National Route 10 in Shoningahama-cho, Beppu City. The inn’s baths are constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style from a salt spring whose waters are said to treat nerve pain, rheumatism, wounds, broken bones, burns, hemorrhoids, and women’s diseases. Facilities include a large bath area situated so close to the sea it is said to be “0 meters above sea level,” and a scenic overlook bath available only to guests. All of the inn’s baths, however, boast gorgeous views of Beppu Bay. The inn has three restaurants open to non-guests as well for both lunch and dinner; and those having lunch or dinner at the restaurants can enjoy the large bathing area free of charge.

    We booked the Executive Japanese Western Style Suite which was located in the middle building out of the 3. There was a little tatami room where the staff kindly made the mattresses during dinner...

  • Beppu Tower
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    3.5
    279 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kitahama 3-10-2
    This symbol of Beppu was completed in 1957, and is one of six sister towers. From the 17th floor observation deck one can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view from Beppu Bay to Beppu City. In 2007 it was registered as one of Japan’s Tangible Cultural Properties.

    24 June, 2018. We were roaming around the sea shore at Beppu in the limited time that we had, when we saw the Beppu Tower from a distance. This advertises the famous Japanese Asahi Beer (Asahi Dry is...

  • Sanrio Character Park Harmonyland
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    4.0
    161 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Hayamigunhijimachi Fujiwara 5933
    At this cute theme park one can meet Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty and My Melody. Inside there are 14 types of attractions, restaurants and goods shops themed on Sanrio characters. Events including parades and live shows are held daily, meaning each time one visits they can enjoy a different experience. When open at night, the illuminations and fairytale atmosphere make it a popular date spot too.

    Our six year old loved it. We went early as recommended and she was greeted at the gate by Kitty. we went on a Friday so there were no big lines. They are obviously renovating as some areas are new...

  • Beppu Kaihin Suna-yu (Beach Sand Bath)
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    4.0
    202 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Shouningahama
    A sand bath area located in a section of Shoningahama Beach, which derives its name from Ippen Shonin (holy priest). First opened in 1986, this unusual sand hot spring has a movable roof to allow the facility to be enjoyed even in the rain, as well as a rest area, both installed in 2002. All necessary bathing items are also available (some must be purchased), making it easy to come without the need to prepare. Note that operating hours are different between the March to November period and the December to February period. A 10-minute drive by car from JR Beppu Station.

    This was a unique experience. We did have to wait a little while but in nice surroundings so it wasnt too bad. Being burried in sand may sound weird but it is actually quite nice and the staff are...

  • Yama no Hotel Musouen
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    4.5
    209 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawaminami 1243
    A hotel situated along Prefectural Route 11 in Kawaminami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. The hotel’s bathhouse is open to non-guests, as well, and is supplied by the Gomuso Onsen simple alkaline hot spring, the waters of which are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, frozen shoulders, and motor paralysis. Bathhouse facilities include spacious outdoor bath nearly 165 square meters in size which boasts a view of Mt. Yufu, family baths, and an indoor bathing area which is only available to guests. The hotel’s café offers a spectacular view and serves items like a signature homemade pudding.

    We stayed in a 3 room special room with irori. Extremely generous in size. Private outside bath, charcoal pit, the surprises kept coming. the ladies outdoor onsen is huge with a mountain view...

  • Beppu Onsen Take to Tsubaki no Oyado Hana Beppu
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    4.5
    146 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kamitanoyumachi 16-50
    A hot spring hotel situated along Aoyama-dori Street in Kamitanoyu-machi, Beppu City. The hotel’s bathhouse has large bathing areas with outdoor baths and a reservation only family bath. The bathhouse is supplied by a sodium hydrogen carbonate spring whose waters are said to make the skin smooth and beautiful and also treat such ailments as cuts and chronic skin diseases. The women’s bathing area is outfitted with a micro bubble bath and a steam sauna. Visitors can also make use of the aesthetic treatment salon and services such as rental yukata robes in a variety of patterns.

    We stayed one night in this modern hotel with onsen in the center of Beppu. It’s located five minutes away from the Beppu JR Station. Although its location is in the city center it’s very quiet...

  • Roadside Station Yufuin
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    3.5
    173 Reviews
    Transportation
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakita 899-76
    A roadside station situated along National Route 210 in Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. Facilities include a shop selling local agricultural and specialty products like yuzu citrus pepper, a condiment said to have been invented in Oita; and a takeout corner which sells soft serve ice cream, toriten chicken tempura, and Yufu Koro croquettes which were developed in conjunction with Yufu High School. The station’s restaurant serves rice bowls topped with Japanese beef and soba noodles made with Yufuin buckwheat and hot spring water.

    This attraction is convenient for cars travel along the highways and make short stopover for refreshments, food and souvenirs. Quite popular in view of prices of merchandizes sold here.

  • Jigoku-Mushi Kobo Kannawa
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    4.0
    428 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Furomoto 5 pairs
    This is a facility where one can try “jigoku mushi (literally, hell steaming),” a traditional cooking method passed down from the Edo era in which foods are steamed to degrees of up to 98°C using the hot steam from the hot spring water, and the rapid process condenses their flavor. Foodstuffs for hell steaming are available on site, or one can bring their own. Inside the facility are also exhibits on the history of Kanawa, hot springs and hell steaming, a drinking area, and free-to-use foot steamer and bath.

    After reading various online articles for this place, I thought it was simply ~500 yen for 30 mins steam time and you can bring your own food. But it seems that recently theyve changed the prices...

  • Beppu Yukemuri Observatory
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    3.5
    143 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawahigashi 8 pairs
    An observatory located in Kannawahigashi, Beppu City. Visitors can get a sweeping view of Beppu and Mt. Tsurumi and Ogiyama towering in the distance. Beppu has the highest yield of hot spring in Japan and the sight of hot spring steam blooming from various parts of the city is something truly unique to this place. This observatory’s night view has also been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan’s “Night View Heritages.”

    It is called “observatory”, but actually there is no relevant facility. If you don’t pay attention, you might overlook it by passing. The view over Kannawa area is not bad. Unfortunately, on the day...

  • Beppu Ropeway
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    4.5
    114 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Minamitateishi Kanbara 10-7
    A ropeway built on Mt. Tsurumi located on the west side of urban Beppu. The ropeway’s large gondolas can accommodate 101 passengers and travel from Beppu Kogen Station 500 meters above sea level to Tsurumi Sanjo Station near the top of the mountain 1,300 meters above sea level in about 10 minutes. Each year on New Year’s Day the ropeway operates before sunrise and bustles with visitors come to see the first sunrise of the new year from the observatory at the top of the mountain.

    We went up there with our baby in a carrier. It was 0 degree Celsius so it was slightly cold. However, we walked up to the top of the mountain so it was not hot at all. It’s worth our time.

  • Tsukanoma
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 444-3
    A hot spring inn located in Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City. The inn’s baths are constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style exclusively from a sodium - chloride spring containing an abundance of metasilicic acid whose waters are said to beautify the skin, alleviate stress, and treat depression. The inn’s large outdoor bath is open to non-guests, as well, and with the purchase of a meal included plan, visitors can also enjoy steamed dishes made with steam from the hot spring.

    Tsukanoma is located uphill of the Yufuin basin, where is relatively quiet and calm area in Yufuin. It’s a bit away from central location and seems taking a taxi would be the best access (it’s...

  • Myoban Yu no Sato
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Beppushi-shi Myoban 6 Kumi
    A facility which makes and sells medicinal Yakuyo Yunohana hot spring mineral salts situated along National Route 500 in Myoban Onsen in Beppu City. Here you can purchase natural Yakuyo Yunohana bath salts created according to a process which has been designated a National Important Intangible Folk-Cultural Property. The facility is adjoined by a large rock outdoor bath situated on a hill, as well as private family baths modeled after the huts used to make the bath salts. Visitors can also view the production process, check out a shop selling local specialty products and goods made with the bath salts, and dine in a restaurant serving local cuisine.

    You’ve got to go to this Onsen up in Myoban. Really. Immediately off the highway in the Myoban area , there’s a little tourist stop where you can buy souvenirs and in particular the bath salts that...

  • Kanawa Mushiyu (Ironwheel Mushi)
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    4.5
    86 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawakami 1 set
    Visitors to this municipal hot spring facility can enjoy a steam bath which involves wearing a robe and lying in a stone hut blanketed with medicinal plants as hot spring steam warms their entire body. The facility was remodeled in 2006 but its history is ancient, having been established by the Buddhist priest Ippen in 1276 and thereafter coming to be known as a health spa. The facility also features an indoor bath where you can wash away the sweat from the steam bath, and an outdoor foot bath which is free to all.

    This was an extraordinary experience in itself! This is was a steam room like no other! It is really really hot so not for the faint hearted! The lady at the Onsen although could not speak well...

  • Oniyama Jigoku
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    3.5
    108 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 625
    In 1923, for the first time in Japan, the breeding of crocodiles was started which used the heat from a hot spring—the place is also referred to as “Crocodile Hell”. There are a number of crocodile breeding areas surrounding the Jigoku pond, and the number of crocodiles kept there is roughly 70. At the weekend, there is also an event where a member of staff gives food to the crocodiles, so you can observe the exciting moment when the crocodiles are fed.

    This Jigoku is filled with Crocodiles imported from Sarawak, Malaysia. Sometimes I give it to the Japanese to think of such attractions, ie to have Crocodiles enclosed and kept in a 4 seasons country...

  • Beppu Park
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Beppu Noguchi Hara 3018-1
    A park located in Noguchihara, Beppu City. Facilities include a large grass lawn and tennis courts. The park also boasts an abundance of natural beauty, including some 700 pine trees, bamboo, and a plum tree grove growing on the grounds. There are also a variety of facilities located nearby such as Beppu Arena, a large, municipal gymnasium; Noguchibaru General Athletic Field; and the B-Con Plaza international convention center.

    Traveling with a small child we are always keen on a free playground. This one is pretty good. The park is beautiful and even has a good running path through it.

  • B-speak
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    4.0
    519 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Yufuinchoukawakami 3040-2
    A roll cake specialty shop opened by Sanso Murata, a high-class ryokan (Japanese style hotel) in Yufuin Onsen in 1999, pioneering the roll cake trend in the nation. The shop’s lightly sweet cakes pay special attention to the balance between the cake and cream, ensuring a delicate flavor that is hard to get tired of. In addition to roll cakes, the shop offers galettes and florentins to customers dining in. A five-minute walk from JR Yufuin Station.

    We got the chocolate roll in small size. It was soooooo good. Not too sweet or too tough. My bf doesnt like dessert much but he seemed to be enjoy eating it!

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A trip to Oita is tantamount to a long soak in the Beppu baths. The mountainous, coastal prefecture of Oita is renowned for having more onsen than any other prefecture in Japan, most of which lie in the city of Beppu on the west coast of Kyushu, recognizable by its pungent sulphuric aroma and the clouds of steam that puff up across the hillside. Away from the Beppu hot springs await mountains, waterfalls, and temples, so don't hesitate to explore Oita a little further.

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