Beppu: Exploring the ‘Hells’

On the island of Kyushu, you will find the scenically beautiful city of Beppu. I had heard a lot about the onset of this city, in simple words, hot springs. People come here, pay a small fee and take bath. This is something that I really wanted to experience. Apart from this, there are several other attractions that you can check out. Here are some of the things you can do when you are in Beppu.

Take an Onsen

The Hells or the hot springs are the main attraction of the city. There are over 100s of them. Like many other hotels, my hotel had one too. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most important factors to look for when you search for a hotel in this city. You can identify an onsen by steam emerging from the towers that are placed at the front. In central Beppu, you will find steam pouring out from half the buildings. About 8 of these hot springs offer a stunning view. However, you cannot take bath as they are dangerously hot. The pond appears something like the Japanese afterlife.

Try out Sand Bathing

The city is popular for the quirky little attractions. Another queer thing that is discovered about this place was sunbathing. This is available all over the town. I found Shoningahama Beach to be the most ideal one. Here, the sand was heated by the spring water beneath the surface. You can bury yourself till your neck. The sand is thermal in nature that relaxes your body and soothes pains and aches.

Walk Around Beppu Park

At the center of the city, I found the Beppu Park. This is like the parks that you find in Kyoto or Tokyo. The greenery all around was a treat for the eyes. If you are lucky to be around in springtime, you will find the blooming cherry blossoms.