In this post, I’m going to tell you about the places that I and my mom visited during her stay in Beppu!
We did go on a trip to Yufuin with my Japanese-Indonesian friend as a guide. He’s been there once so it’s nice to have someone who’s able to show us around the area. Yufuin is located quite far from Beppu and takes around an hour or more by bus to reach it. The city is basically a shopping street with traditional buildings. It has a variety of food and souvenirs but the most popular thing in Yufuin is the soft-cream.
We went there when the weather was bad and unpredictable (hence the pictures with all the umbrellas). I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the scenery and background since the wind was slapping my phone with rain. It felt like the umbrella has lost all of its functionality when faced with wind and rain in Japan. I at least should’ve taken a pic of the food and drinks that we bought since it was yummy.
Lake Kinrin is also one of the reasons why people visit Yufuin. The word kinrin means golden. (It looks green to me, though.) This lake is located pretty far from the bus stop we got off so it’s literally at the end of the destination. There are a lot of people taking selfies here, though I find this scene quite ordinary.
Kannawa is actually an area in Beppu with lots of hot springs. This place is famous for it’s Hell Tour, a series of unique hot springs with all the different color and characteristics for viewing. There are 6 hot springs in total, 4 in Kannawa and the other 2 in Shibaseki.
Out of the seven hot springs, Umi Jigoku is definitely my favorite one. It has this beautiful teal colored water and it can be used to boil eggs (as seen in the picture).
These boiling mud pools are located next to the Umi Jigoku area. They don’t release that many gasses like the previous one but you can see the bubbles erupting in the center of the mud.
Chinoike is located in the Shibaseki area, so you have to take a bus to reach this destination. Along with Chinoike, there’s also Tatsumaki Jigoku. However, we didn’t come at the right time for Tatsumaki so we didn’t get to see the water erupt. The hot spring in Tatsumaki erupts only every 30-40 minutes and only lasts 6-10 minutes so people should be aware of the timing.
Umitamago & Takasaki Mt.
Well, these two are the least exciting ones but definitely not the most tiring. Umitamago is your typical aquarium with all the fish and fins and animal performances. Though I really need to say that their performance is quite interesting to see since it’s different from the ones that are usually in my country.
Mount Takasaki is basically a mountain for lots monkeys, so be prepared to embrace the smell of monkey dungs and be careful to not step on one. The speaker only explains things in Japanese so you might want to have someone who can interpret languages if you go there.
That ends the tourist attractions that I’ve visited in Beppu. Next post will be about Huis Ten Bosch!