If you would like to try hot springs trip to Japan, Beppu cannot be missed in your bucket list. Located in the central Oita prefecture, Beppu is the Japan’s best hot spring area both in terms of the amount of a total discharge and the number of fonts.
No wonder that 8 million tourists flow into it from many parts of Japan and the world every year. They are coming after for the widely known 8 different springs, ‘Onsen’ in Japanese (Beppu Onsen, Kannawa Onsen,Myoban Onsen, Kankaiji Onsen, Hamawaki Onsen, Kamegawa Onsen, Horita Onsen and Shibaseki Onsen). When you go there, you might as well want to try as many Onsen as you can. You would be able to experience different types due to the variety of chemical prosperities in the water source. It is rare to have such a various range of hot springs even in Japan where the legacies of volcanic mountains exist almost every parts of the land. In Beppu, the Tour of Hell will probably be the best way to appreciate this variety.
It takes you to the hot spring of different colours and characteristics; cobalt blue “Sea Hell”; Browny-red “Blood Pond Hell”; geyser active “Tornado Hell”. Throughout the Beppu, the traditional Japanese style hotels called ‘Ryokan’ would be ready to accommodate you and you get to try on the light cotton Yukata after soaking into the natural baths. If this would be your family trip, outskirts of Beppu city is also rich in attractions including the Natural Park with Japanese monkeys.