Beppu is famous for its "hells". These are natural hot springs that portray images of hell. A package ticket is available to enter all 8 sights for 2000 yen.
Umi-Jigoku is a 200m-deep cobalt-blue pond of boiling water created 1200 years ago due to a volcanic eruption. Even these flowers seem to survive in these hot waters.
Boiling mud is a special feature at the Oniishibozu-Jigoku.
Yama-Jigoku was named after a mountain of mud formed over the years.
Demons roam around the Kamado-Jigoku.
Visitors can try the hot spring mineral water, but it is quite hot so let it cool first!
Shiraike-Jigoku's special feature is its creamy-white water. A Japanese garden has been built around this pond. As it was already near closing, the crowds thinned out and I had a piece of serenity all to myself.
Eggs boiled from hot spring water are quite popular in Beppu. They didn't taste too different from regular boiled eggs but it was a nice snack after a lot of sightseeing.
Steam rises from a lot of places throughout this part of town. It was a cool day, so walking near one of these vents is a refreshingly warm experience.
It is a bit eerie to see steam rising everywhere. These "hells" are intensely hot and getting too close will risk scalding your skin. No hot springs here, but I heard there are some further out in the countryside.
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