visiting 8 hells in Beppu
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May 24th, 2009 – by: portia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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