Beppu, Jigoku Meguri
3.5 HoursEasy-ModerateSightseeing | Culture | Essentials Collection
A highlight in Beppu is to stroll in Jigokus, meaning “Hells” in Japanese. Due to spewing gas, thermal mud, and boiling water for over 1,000 years, this area has come to be known by people as “hell.” There are 8 Jigokus in total at Beppu. Today you will have a chance to visit these two famous Jigoku. “Chinoike Jigoku” is Japan’s oldest natural hot spring. Its high concentration of iron oxide, magnesium oxide, and others, gives the water a characteristic vivid red color, resembling blood, therefore its name translated as “Blood Pond Hell.” It’s extremely high temperature makes it not suitable for full body bath and visitors rather enjoy the scenic views around it. From there continue to “Umi Jigoku.”This hot spring is known as “Sea Hell,” due to its amazing cobalt blue boiling waters. Enjoy the exuberant vegetation in the garden around not only the blue pond, but also a smaller one colored in orange, and another one with clear waters full of lotus flowers from August to early November, a plant whose enormous leaves can stand the weight of a small child. There is a small foot spa at Umi Jigoku, so feel free to soak your feet into the hot spring. After strolling down the Jigoku's area you will go to the “Jumonjibara Lookout,” located in the northern part of Beppu City with splendid views over the city, the bay, other parts of Oita Prefecture like the Kunisaki Peninsula and even as far as some parts of Shikoku region, if the weather is clear. Enjoy the chance for unforgettable pictures during the brief stop here. Then on to the Hot Spring Village “Myoban Yunosato,” the last stop of the tour. Onsen hot spring waters have different mineral components, and at Yunosato you can find cloudy color sulfur springs, mineral that is known by its power to removes dirt from the skin. Myoban Yunosato is renowned not only by its healing waters, but also by its Yu-no-Hana bath salts, the production of which dates back to the Edo period and therefore is consider an intangible national folk-cultural asset. You can get a close glimpse of the manufacturing process inside the so called “yunohana-goya” or “small hut.”
Please note: Bring local currency, sunscreen, a hat, and wear comfortable walking shoes.