Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beppu – The Hotspring (Onsen) Paradise

Beppu City View

Beppu, in Kyushu, is known as Japan's biggest hot spring resort. The Jigokus of Beppu are nine spectacular and stunning hot springs for viewing. Jigoku means `burning hell`. The sight of the, Jigokus with different colours of hot bubbling waters and the gushing steam and the traditional Japanese gardens enhances our thoughts as to if the Hell was more beautiful than the Heaven!

More Photos : Beppu Jigoku – The Hotspring ''Hell'' (Jigoku) Village, Kyushu

Umi Jigoku 

Umi Jigoku: The UmiJigoku is a pond of cobalt blue water, resembling the sea. It emerged about 1200 years ago due to a volcanic eruption.

Oniishibozu Jigoku: The Oniishibozu Jigoku, is a grey one with one or two large or small sized hot muddy bubbles popping up like the shaven head of monks.

Oniishibozu Jigoku

Shiraike Jigoku: This Jigoku is a pond of gushing colourless water, which mysteriously turns into hot creamy white, surrounded by the serene atmosphere of traditional Japanese garden.

Oniyama Jigoku: The Oniyama Jigoku is where you get to see a variety of crocodiles and alligators who bathe in the warm waters. It is believed that the force of water gushing out from this spring can move train cars.

Chinoike Jigoku

Chinoike Jigoku: This is a   pond of hot, red water where the clay is steamed so much as to produce red steam. It is believed to be Japan`s oldest natural Jigoku .It is the most photogenic of the nine hell.

Yama Jigoku: This is a gust of steaming water, edged by small mountains of mud and hard rocks, formed over years. The place also features funtime for kids, by allowing feeding to the Rhinos, Flamingos, Monkeys etc.

Kamado Jigoku: It has a bright red demon standing on a large cooking pot. It is believed that the steam from this Jigoku was used for cooking food in the ancient times. Here you are offered a medicated steam for your face and throat.

Tatsumaki Jigoku

Tatsumaki Jigoku:  Tatsumaki Jigoku is a geyser sprouting out boiling water and steam in intervals of 25-30 minutes for about five minutes. The water will sprout up to a height of 80 meter. People can sit and watch the sprout.

Kinryu Jigoku is the golden dragon hell . Presently this Jigoku is closed for the visitors

There are plenty of hotspings available in the city and around for taking baths. Many facilities offer hot sand bath too.

The Japanese people say that, if you are not visiting Beppu, then you are missing the soul of Japan. 

Hot spring map 

Municipal Hot springs URL : 

Beppu city tourism information:

Jigoku details:



Tourism and Community Development Division
ONSEN Tourism Department
Beppu City Hall

1-15 Kaminoguchi-cho
Beppu, Oita 874-8511

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