You may already know about a place called “Jigoku” (hell) in Beppu. In a chronicle from the Nara Era (8th century) called “Bungo Fudoki (豊後風土記),” it is written that fumaroles, hot mud, and boiling water have been gushing out of the Kannawa and Kamegawa Jigoku Area for more than 1,000 years. Because of these natural phenomena, it was considered to
As Japan prepares to open its borders, it’s time to start making plans. Many of the usual destinations will be crowded with visitors, but for those willing to go a little further afield, unique delights await. Oita Prefecture offers an experience unlike any other in Japan. Why Oita Prefecture Set on the northeastern corner of Kyushu, one of Japan’s
There are many ways to get to Beppu, such as train or highway bus, but driving from Fukuoka or other Kyushu areas is also convenient. The drive from Fukuoka to Beppu takes you past several service areas, but my personal favorite is the Beppu Bay Service Area. In this article, I will recommend some of the best luxury chocolates available
Beppu has many charming hideaway-style restaurants and cafes. This time, I’d like to introduce Ao no Jikan, a popular restaurant on a quiet mountainside. It is an Italian restaurant with a spectacular view of Beppu Bay and a reputation for authentic wood-fired pizza. I visited on a weekday at noon, but the parking lot in front of the restaurant was
A casual trip to a nearby place for a day trip or overnight stay is popular these days. For those in the Fukuoka area, I would like to recommend a road trip to the hot spring town of Beppu. At first glance, it may seem like a long way, but it is actually close enough that you can enjoy it
In December 2020, the concept hotel, Galleria Midobaru, opened on a quiet hill overlooking Beppu Bay. The hotel is dotted with contemporary artworks themed on Beppu. It offers a completely new lodging experience that lets you see yourself in a way you didn’t know was possible, see the world differently, and feel like you are sharing ideas with an artist.
Beppu is a city of gastronomy; however, it is still somewhat unknown. There are many delicious restaurants in the city offering everything from cold noodles to Italian dishes. Today, I would like to introduce Noodle Factory Life, one of Beppu’s best ramen restaurants. Noodle Factory Life is located in a corner of Umezono Dori, a retro-style alley lined with many
In Beppu, a city of hot springs, there are many jigoku or hells where the water that gushes out creates a breathtaking sight. Jigoku meguri or hell tours have become a standard tourist activity. The most famous of these are the Blood Pond Hell and the Oniishi Bozu Hell, but the largest of these is the Umi-Jigoku or Sea Hell.
The Oita Fragrance Museum in Beppu is one of the most unique museums in the world organized around the theme of fragrance. If you make a reservation in advance, you can participate in a perfume-making experience and create your own original perfume. This time, I tried my hand at making my own one-of-a-kind perfume! First, choose your bottle! When the
In Beppu, a city famous for its jigoku or hells, people often first think of Umi Jigoku and Blood Pond Jigoku. However, Tatsumaki Jigoku, is as attractive as both of those but perhaps a bit less well-known. Today, we will introduce some of the highlights of Tatsumaki Jigoku in Beppu City. Tatsumaki Jigoku, an Official National Scenic Area Tatsumaki Jigoku