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Introducing Beppu

You don't have to look far in Beppu, in Ōita Prefecture (大分県), to see the reason for its popularity: steam rising from vents in the earth means onsen bathing opportunities galore. Beppu is at turns quaint, touristy, modern, traditional, solid and rickety, but the charm of this hilly, hospitable city grows on visitors as sure as the waters are warm.