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visiting 8 hells in Beppu

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breakfast at the ryokan
still jet lagged and woke up before 5am, after a while I got up and started to do some yoga, listening to the CD from my yoga teacher. Breakfast at 8am in the next room, there was a different kind of tofu, soup, rice, fish, pickled vegetables etc, it was always presented in a pleasing way, tasted good too.

The day started out sunny, but not hot. After breakfast, we headed out to visit the 8 hells of Beppu. These are the hot springs from the volcanic geology around the area. A 2000 Yen ticket covers all 8, or you can pay about 400 for each. We started with the Sea Hell, where there was a pool of light cobalt blue water, with hot steam coming out from around its edge, as the steam get blown around by the wind, the scenery changed. It was quite beautiful.
a fugu fish hanging in the hallway of the ryokan
There was a shrine near by, with red tori gate and columns, contrasting with the blue water and white steam, and greenery. At each Hell, there were places for people to sit and soak their feet in the hot springs. Also food cooked with the heat of the hot springs, usually eggs, boiled, but also yams, and various steamed breads. At the Sea Hell there were also lotus ponds, and a green house, where the Victoria Amazonica large flat lotus leaves float and grow in hot spring waters. There were pictures of kids (up to 20kg) standing on these large flat lotus leaves, but we didn't see a life demonstration.

The 2nd Hell was a bubbling hell, with thick dark gray colored mud making large bubbles and gurgling sounds in several ponds. The hell is named Oniishi Bozu because the bubbles resembled the shaved head of monks! They were very cute.
a lotus pond at the entrance to the Sea Hell

The first 6 hells were grouped in one location, so we just walked to the next one: the Mountain Hell, where hot steams are coming up from a hillside of rocks, there was some clear water, but mostly you just see many vents with steams. At this Hell, they had a small zoo, an elephant, 2 llmas, some monkeys, a hippo (wow it had a big mouth, waiting for people to feed him potatos), flamingos, and peacocks.

The 4th hell is the “oven” hell, with several different ponds of bubbling mud, one of them was reddish. We sat down at the foot spa and soaked our feet for a while, and ate an egg from the vendor there. It was relaxing since we were on our own schedule, instead of taking a tour which would have visited all 8 in 2.5 hours (we took almost twice as long).


The next (daemon mountain) hell had a farm of crocodiles, supposedly they like the hot spring water. The water in this pond looked blue, but is supposed to change color during the year, there were pictures of green water shown there.
Then there was the White Pond Hell, where they had several small aquariums with different fishes. The water here was a creamy white with a little blue tinge.
Then we took a taxi and got to the Blood Pool Hell, where they had a large store and the pond was very large too, it had reddish color, with steam floating from its surface with nice green plants on the hillside behind the pool. There was a light drizzle, but nothing which required any rain gear. The last hell was a natural geyser which erupts every 40 minutes or so.
dad taking a picture of mom at the entrance to Sea Hell hot springs
Seats were arranged in theater style to its side so people could wait for it to go off. It had a wall of rocks behind and over where it erupts. so it can't to up unlimited, but it's not a very big geyser. Probably the least impressive of all the hells. But they had a good variety, and each one had something to see beside just the pool, I have to say it was very well designed, and makes a great day trip.

We got some snacks at the geyser hell, and then went to the local bamboo craft center via taxi. They had some really well made objects made from bamboo, an archway, which gave the illusion of motion when you walk in it. There were fine art objects made from bamboo, and an exhibit of several different kinds of bamboo, including one called the Tiger Bamboo, with lovely patterns on its skin.
We decided to visit a store selling bamboo crafts in town, and bought some souvenirs. Then it was time to head back to the ryokan, and rest before our dinner.
sylviandavid says:
This sounds really wonderful!
Posted on: Jun 03, 2009
lisa says:
this sounds interesting! I want to check it out!
Posted on: May 27, 2009
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breakfast at the ryokan
breakfast at the ryokan
a fugu fish hanging in the hallway…
a fugu fish hanging in the hallwa…
a lotus pond at the entrance to th…
a lotus pond at the entrance to t…
dad taking a picture of mom at the…
dad taking a picture of mom at th…
mom and dad
mom and dad
the nice blue water of Sea Hell, s…
the nice blue water of Sea Hell, …
beautiful sea hell hot springs
beautiful sea hell hot springs
a shrine next to the hot springs a…
a shrine next to the hot springs …
Sea Hell sign
Sea Hell sign
another view of Sea Hell
another view of Sea Hell
a description of Sea Hell on a sign
a description of Sea Hell on a sign
this one is reddish mud, in the se…
this one is reddish mud, in the s…
this is the 2nd hell, where the gr…
this is the 2nd hell, where the g…
a big buble in the grey mud
a big buble in the grey mud
Sign to the 2nd hell
Sign to the 2nd hell
reading the sign
reading the sign
steam rising from the rocks at the…
steam rising from the rocks at th…
flamingos
flamingos
who are you?
who are you?
monkey getting a treat from someone
monkey getting a treat from someone
hippo with potatoes in its mouth
hippo with potatoes in its mouth
look at those teeth!
look at those teeth!
This is the mountain hell
This is the "mountain hell"
Mountain Hell
Mountain Hell
Mountain Hell
Mountain Hell
Mountain Hell, rocks and steam
Mountain Hell, rocks and steam
mountain hell again
mountain hell again
the fourth cooking hell
the fourth cooking hell
cooking eggs at the hot springs of…
cooking eggs at the hot springs o…
they drank the water, but I didnt
they drank the water, but I didn't
eggs cooking
eggs cooking
inhaling for healing powers
inhaling for healing powers
rocks and minerals
rocks and minerals
at the cooking hell
at the cooking hell
eggs
eggs
soaking our feet
soaking our feet
soaking my feet
soaking my feet
this is the 5th hell, green waters…
this is the 5th hell, green water…
a big crocodile on display
a big crocodile on display
crocodiles
crocodiles
the white pond hell with creaming …
the white pond hell with creaming…
the white pond hell
the white pond hell
The red blood hell
The red blood hell
red blood hell
red blood hell
granite table and stools at the re…
granite table and stools at the r…
red blood hell
red blood hell
foot spa at the red blood hell
foot spa at the red blood hell
the geyser
the geyser
a big bamboo piece called cloud dr…
a big bamboo piece called cloud d…
walking under the bamboo arch
walking under the bamboo arch
trying out bamboo hats
trying out bamboo hats
a bamboo made ox and cart
a bamboo made ox and cart
start of our dinner
start of our dinner
miwa serving dinner
miwa serving dinner
the tastiest beef shabu shabu ever
the tastiest beef shabu shabu ever
Miwa and our shabu shabu ingredien…
Miwa and our shabu shabu ingredie…
cooked beef in sauce, yummy!
cooked beef in sauce, yummy!
shabu shabu hot pot
shabu shabu hot pot
the menu for last night and tonight
the menu for last night and tonight
Beppu
photo by: portia