Beppu attractions

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Beppu Traditional Bamboo Crafts Centre

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…
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Onsen Hells

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…
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Yama Jigoku

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. One of the Kannawa group's jigoku (hells; boiling hot s…
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Oni-yama Jigoku

Oni-yama is especially known for the 80-plus crocodiles that have been bred here since the Taishō period (1912–26). It's one of the Kannawa group's jigoku (hells; boiling hot springs)
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Shira-ike Jigoku

One of the Kannawa group's hells, 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).
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Umi Jigoku

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. One of the Kannawa group's jigoku (hells; boiling hot springs).
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Kamado Jigoku

So named because it was once used for cooking (kamado means stove in Japanese). One of the Kannawa group's jigoku (hells; boiling hot springs).
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Oniishibōzu Jigoku

One of the Kannawa group's jigoku (hells; boiling hot springs), Oniishibōzu has bubbling grey mud that looks like a monk's shaved head.
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Tatsumaki Jigoku

Set in Beppu's smaller group of jigoku (hells; boiling hot springs), Tatsumaki has a geyser that shoots off about every 35 minutes.
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Chi-no-ike Jigoku

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. It's in Beppu's smaller group of ji…