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Beppu's most hyped attraction is jigoku meguri (hell circuit), where waters bubble forth from underground with unusual results. Unlike Unzen, where the geothermal wonders are unadorned, the circuit's eight stops have become mini amusement parks, each with a theme and some loaded with tourist kitsch; consider yourself warned.
The hells are in two groups, six at Kannawa, over 4km northwest of Beppu Station, and two about 2.5km further north. In the Kannawa group are steaming blue Umi Jigoku (海地獄; Sea Hell), Oni-bōzu Jigoku (Demon Monk Hell, where bubbling mud looks like a monk's shaved head), Shira-ike Jigoku (白池地獄; White Pond Hell) and Kamado Jigoku (かまど地獄;…