Top ChoiceGyoza in Beppu

Gyōza Kogetsu

This seven-seat, 1940s time warp with a manic local following has only two things on the menu, both ¥600: generous plates of gyōza (dumplings) perfectly fried to a delicate crunch, and bottles of beer. It's in...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Beppu

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...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Beppu

Chikugōgei Yamashō

Opened in 1948 and recently renovated, this gallery feels like an intimate museum of Japanese bamboo art. Many of the works were made by well-known artists from around Beppu and range from sky-high-priced baskets...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Beppu

Enma

This busy spot may be the only restaurant in the world where you steam your own meal and eat it while dangling your feet in a foot bath. Order from a machine, take your lunch to the steamer (you can even order...

Cafe in Beppu

Kissa Natsume

This retro snack and dessert spot is best known for onsen kōhī (coffee made with hot-spring water; ¥550) and ogura toast (topped with azuki beans and ice cream), and it's been making egg-salad sandwiches since it...

Bakery in Beppu

Tomonaga Panya

This charming, historic bakery has been in business since 1916, and people still happily queue for its ever-changing selection of oven-fresh breads and pastries. Take a number when you enter and peruse the...

Ice Cream in Beppu

Genova

There always seems to be a queue at this ice-cream counter just inside Sol Paseo Ginza Arcade. Even if something seems to have been lost in the English translations of a few flavours ('Strawberry cubic'? 'Yogurt...

Noodles in Beppu

Rokusei

There's nothing fancy going on here, but Rokusei's a temple to reimen (cold noodle soup) nonetheless. Bowls are pulled straight from the freezer, filled with chewy noodles in delicate beef broth, then topped with...

Japanese in Beppu

Jigoku Mushi Kōbō

Amid the hells (boiling hot springs) of Kannawa, you can cook your own meal in onsen steam at this workshop. Purchase ingredients on the spot (or bring your own), and steam them in kama (vats) roiling from the...

Japanese in Beppu

Toyotsune Honten

Local favourite Toyotsune nails the Beppu specialities: toriten (chicken tempura), Bungō-gyū (local beef), soy-marinated Ryukyu fish, plus tempura and lots of fresh fish. This recently renovated, brightly lit...

Cafe in Beppu

Basara House

There's a handmade, arty feel to this renovated 1940s house, filled with exposed beams, period tile work and eclectic ephemera. All the better to sip coffee, chai or ume (Japanese plum) soda and appreciate...

Seafood in Beppu

Fugu Matsu

This friendly shop has been serving simple fugu (pufferfish) since 1958. Sit on hori-kotatsu seating and sample sashimi, karaage (fried fugu) and hirezake (sake boiled with a grilled fugu fin). Reservations are...

Bar in Beppu

Creole Cafe

On the ground floor of Beppu Tower and with windows looking out onto the busy street, Creole Cafe brings together Beppu's Japanese and foreign communities over drinks, reasonably priced food (curry and pasta at...

Hot Springs in Beppu

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...

Mall in Beppu

You Me Town

On the southeastern edge of the town centre, this hulking three-storey complex has anchor tenants like Uniqlo and Daiso. The ground floor features a giant supermarket and drugstore, and many casual restaurants...

Izakaya in Beppu

Jin Robata & Beer Pub

In the heart of Beppu, this welcoming izakaya is a long-standing favourite with visitors and locals. For something to go with your booze, pick from the rows of fresh fish on display (get it sashimi or cooked), or...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Beppu

Oita Made Shop

This tiny shop features products, food, liquor and crafts from Ōita Prefecture. Look for comestibles like jams, teas, spices, condiments and shōchū (strong distilled liquor), and unique crafts like richly...

Bar in Beppu

Beppu Social Bar

BSB has good drinks and a fun vibe, plus a dance floor and even a hookah. The crowd varies, but there's often a large Asia Pacific University (APU) contingent. It's easy to make friends and perhaps even lose a...

Hot Springs in Beppu

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...

Japanese in Beppu

Toyotsune Beppu Ekimae-ten

Across from Beppu Station, Toyotsune serves up such local specialities as toriten (chicken tempura), plus lots of fresh fish. The more appealing main branch is near Beppu Tower.