[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.
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.
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.
Definitely a much different view compared to the concrete jungle in Tokyo.
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
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.
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.
Then I headed back to the famous Chinoike Jigoku (Blood hell pond)
Scary and cute demons.
Red blooded demon related gifts for you to bring home.
The pond is drowned in red due to the clay in this steaming water.
Lots of hot spring foot baths for you to relax.
You can write a postcard to mail back to yourself using the clay from this blood pond.
Even the vending machines here are demonised.
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)
Just a few minutes walk from the bus stop, is the White pond Hell.
It is called the White pond as the colorless spring water turns to this milky color after reaching the ground.
Oniyama Jigoku, is like the crocodile farm of this area.
They used the hot spring water to breed the crocodiles so that they can still be kept happily warm even during the cold winters.
Kamado Jogoku is the mascot of this hell pond.
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.
Different temperatures needed for his cooking? (laugh)
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.
This hot spring pool would change its colors during the seasons. During summer, it is green.
Yama Jikogu, Steam from all these rocks.
The main attraction here is the small petting zoo with various small animals.
The bubbling mud looks like shaven heads of monks.
Umi Jigoku, the most famous and pretty hell pools.
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.
Nice day to be out.
The famous cobalt blue hell pool, the onsen eggs are also famous here.
Beautiful Tori gates can be found too.
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.