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OITA ITINERARY 3

Hyotan Onsen and “Hells of Beppu” course

    • Day 1

      Hotel in Beppu
      Walking

      Hyotan Hot Spring

      Hyotan Onsen was started out of the consideration of its founder, Junsaku, for his wife Matsu. In 1922, the founder discovered the hot spring here and launched Hyotan Onsen to heal his wife’s rheumatism. The name of the spa, which means “gourd,” as well as the gourds used in the bathhouse derive from Junsaku’s appreciation for Hideyoshi Toyotomi, whose banner carried the emblem of bottle gourds. Hyotan Onsen offers a variety of baths, including gourd baths, sand baths, and steam baths, but on top of that, the spring water itself has a moisturizing effect due to its concentration of sodium metasilicate, a natural moisturizing substance, that is 10 times higher than the standard amount specified in Japan’s Hot Springs Law.
      The most popular of Hyotan’s features is its Waterfall Bath, of which there is one in both the men’s baths and the women’s baths, and which showers the bather with a firm stream of hot water. The scene of the hot water flowing down like a waterfall from taps at a height of 3 meters is itself picturesque.
      The scale of this hot springs is said to be the largest in the east. Hyotan also offers fourteen complete reserved family baths in different styles and tastes, available for use by up to three adults for one hour at a rate of ¥2,150 (current as of December 2018).
      The sand baths are an appealing spot where bathers dress in yukata (Japanese bathing kimono) and can enjoy mixed-sex sand-bathing as couples or among friends.
      Unique among Japan’s onsens, Hyotan has earned a three-star rating from the Michelin Travel Guide.
      Address159-2 Kannawa, Beppu, Oita Prefecture
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      Blood Pond Hell (Chinoike Jigoku)

      The Blood Pond Hell (Chinoike Jigoku) is Japan’s oldest hot spring hell; it has existed for over 1,300 years and was described under the name “Crimson Hot Spring” in the ancient record of Bungo Province that was compiled during the Nara period. In recognition of its rarity, it was designated a national place of scenic beauty in 2009. Put simply, the Blood Pond Hell is a lake of hot red mud. This hot red mud has been used since ancient times to make medicines for skin conditions (currently, Blood Pond Salve) and as a dyestuff for such things as cloth or pillars in homes.
      Address778 Noda, Beppu, Oita Prefecture
      Walking

      Tornado Hell (Tatsumaki Jigoku)

      Tornado Hell (Tatsumaki Jigoku) is a geyser designated as a natural monument by the city of Beppu. The powerful eruptions of hot water are contained by a roof, but are powerful enough to reach about 30 meters in height.
      AddressNoda, Beppu, Oita Prefecture
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      Hotel in Beppu
    • Day 2

      Hotel in Beppu
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      Hells of Beppu Tour

      Welcome… to hell!
      This Tour of the Beppu Hells takes you through seven of Beppu’s unique hot spring “hells.” These sites, where gases, hot mud, and boiling water bubble up from deep within the earth, are surely best described thus!
      The cobalt-blue Sea Hell, the deep crimson Blood Pond Hell, the Tornado Hell, and the White Lake Hell are designated as national places of scenic beauty due to their uniquely varied color and appearance.
      They also offer a full menu of cuisine, such as hot spring-boiled eggs and hell-baked pudding, as well as souvenirs!
      AddressBeppu, Oita Prefecture
      Walking

      Umi Jigoku (sea hell)

      Oita Prefecture is known as having the most onsen in Japan, and Beppu is one of the onsen resorts representing Oita, among others. Among them, there are several onsen that offer various wonders, and collectively they are called "jigoku (hells)". Among various "hells", there is a beautiful cobalt blue hot spring called "sea hell". This hot spring was designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty of the country and has such a colour because of the iron sulfate. It looks cool to the eyes, but actually it is 98 degrees! It is possible to enjoy a footbath there, although you cannot take a bath.
      AddressBeppu, Oita Prefecture
      Walking
      Lunch in Beppu
      Walking

      Oniishi Bozu Hell

      Since the Meiji period, this sightseeing spot was famous under the name Bozu Jigoku, but was temporarily closed and opened under the new name Oniishi Bozu Jigoku. The new name is thought to derive from the fact that the bubbles of hot grey mud resemble the shaved head of a Buddhist priest (“bozu”).
      It is located next to Umi Jigoku (the Sea Hell). The grounds also contain a foot spa.
      Address559-1 Kannawa, Beppu, Oita Prefecture
      Walking
      Hotel in Beppu
    • Day 3

      Hotel in Beppu
      Walking
      Lunch in Beppu
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      Beppu-Kaihin Park (Sand bathing)

      Beppu is famous as an onsen town, but here at Beppu-Kaihin Sunayu you can enjoy a unique onsen called "Sunayu". In the onsen, it is common to enter the water baths naked, but at Sunayu baths, guests put on a special yukata and bath in warm sand! Don't worry your head is uncovered! When you lie down, the staff will pour warm sand on your body, it will stay warm for about 15 minutes. You can relax as the body gently warms while you look at the sea. After taking Sunayu, you can clean off the sand with a shower and finally head to the ordinary water onsen to warm up further. Why not try the unusual Sunayu baths.
      Address9 Kamigahama,Beppu,Oita
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      Kifune Castle

      This small castle stands on a high ground that overlooks the townscape of Beppu. Named Kifune Castle, it was erected in 1957 on top of the mountain said to have been where Minamoto no Tametomo built his fortress. In addition to the white-gold Dragon King that serves as its guardian deity, there are also artifacts exhibited throughout the castle. We hope you’ll be able to experience history by viewing these artifacts, which have been handed down since ancient times.
      Address926 Kannawa, Beppu, Oita Prefecture
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      Beppu Station

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