Kyushu (Beppu) – Day 1(a)

Beppu day trip
[throwback August] Sushi had a last minute business trip to Kyushu close to a weekend so makes it a perfect excuse to head over to Kyushu for a short gateaway.

Beppu day trip
How last minutes was this trip? His business trip was confirmed on a Wednesday night and I bought my ticket to take off the next morning straight to Oita, Kyushu while Sushi would head over to Fukuoka in the evening and we would only meet the next day after his work.

Beppu day trip
Though the airport is named Oita Airport but it is a good 60 minutes by bus to Oita City. I hoped on the bus to head to Beppu instead.

Beppu day trip
Definitely a much different view compared to the concrete jungle in Tokyo.

Beppu day trip
First stop would be the “hell” tour that is famous in Beppu. You can choose to visit individual pools for 400JPY per entry or visit all the 8 pools for 2100JPY. Using this link, you can get a 10% discount from the bundle ticket

Beppu day trip
Thanks to the friendly ticket booth lady, who literally pushed me out of the first hell pool to go to this hell pool called Tatsumaki Jigoku. This geyser spurts out hot spring water naturally at 30 minutes interval so the auntie knew that I was close to the time that the geyser would work so urged me to go quickly.

Beppu day trip
It is one of the few geysers in the world to sprout out hot spring water in such short interval. Only in Japan that you don’t get people crowding really near to the attraction and everyone is sitting in the designated seating areas so you can get such photos not bobbing with people’s heads.

Beppu day trip
Then I headed back to the famous Chinoike Jigoku (Blood hell pond)

Beppu day trip
Scary and cute demons.

Beppu day trip
Red blooded demon related gifts for you to bring home.

Beppu day trip
The pond is drowned in red due to the clay in this steaming water.

Beppu day trip
Lots of hot spring foot baths for you to relax.

Beppu day trip
You can write a postcard to mail back to yourself using the clay from this blood pond.

Beppu day trip
Even the vending machines here are demonised.

Beppu day trip
The distance between these 2 hells pools with the res of the 6 hell pools is around 3km, if it wasn’t the warm summer day than I could consider doing a hike but it was too hot so I hoped on the cute bus to the next 6 hell pools (which are clustered together)

Beppu day trip
Just a few minutes walk from the bus stop, is the White pond Hell.

Beppu day trip
It is called the White pond as the colorless spring water turns to this milky color after reaching the ground.

Beppu day trip
Oniyama Jigoku, is like the crocodile farm of this area.

Beppu day trip
They used the hot spring water to breed the crocodiles so that they can still be kept happily warm even during the cold winters.

Beppu day trip
Kamado Jogoku is the mascot of this hell pond.

Beppu day trip
There are 6 different types of hot springs here ranging from the clay, mud, green pond to blue etc. So the devil is the mascot for using these 6 different types of hot springs for his cooking.

Beppu day trip
Different temperatures needed for his cooking? (laugh)

Beppu day trip
Overhere, you can drink the hot spring water too. It tasted a little salty though. You can also choose to steam your neck or dip you feet in for a foot steam.

Beppu day trip
This hot spring pool would change its colors during the seasons. During summer, it is green.

Beppu day trip
Yama Jikogu, Steam from all these rocks.

Beppu day trip
The main attraction here is the small petting zoo with various small animals.

Beppu day trip
Oniishibozu Jigoku

Beppu day trip
The bubbling mud looks like shaven heads of monks.

Beppu day trip
Umi Jigoku, the most famous and pretty hell pools.

Beppu day trip
During summer, these giant lily leaves are also the main attraction. Only for 3 days in the middle of August, kids of weight less than 20kg are allowed to stand on these floating giant lily leaves for photographs.

Beppu day trip
Nice day to be out.

Beppu day trip
The famous cobalt blue hell pool, the onsen eggs are also famous here.

Beppu day trip
Beautiful Tori gates can be found too.

Beppu day trip
Beautiful lilies bloom during the summer and during the cold winter using the hot spring water.

Completed my hell pools round trip, it was interesting to visit 8 hell pools in 1 afternoon though I thought only the Blood pool and Umi pool was more interesting.

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