You may be blown away by the versatility of bamboo, which grows copiously in the Beppu region. In the ground-floor gallery, intricate, refined pieces span workers' baskets to museum-quality art, made by Edo-period a…
Beppu's most-hyped attraction is the jigoku meguri (hell circuit; groups of boiling hot springs), where waters bubble forth from below the ground with unusual results. The circuit's eight stops have become mini amus…
Yama is not included in the onsen meguri ticket and must be visited separately. A variety of animals are kept here in enclosures that look uncomfortably small.
Shira-ike has blue-white water and a Japanese garden. It tends to be the quietest of the neighbourhood's jigoku (hells; boiling hot springs)..
Oni-yama is especially known for the 80-plus crocodiles that have been bred here since the Taishō period (1912–26).
Umi is a steamy blue due to iron oxide in its 98°C water. It's said to be about 200m down to the source.
So named because it was once used for cooking (kamado means stove in Japanese).
Oniishibōzu has bubbling grey mud that looks like a monk's shaved head.
Tatsumaki has a geyser that shoots off about every 35 minutes.
Chi-no-ike is named for its photogenic waters, said to be red like blood (chi). The colour comes from iron oxide and magnesium oxide. This is said to be Japan's oldest hot spring.