Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell) is one of the tourist attractions featuring a pond of boiling blue water
Explore Beppu's eight bubbling hells before soaking yourself in a much cooler (but still hot!) public bath. The percolating mud at Oniishibozu Jigoku looks like a monk's shaved head. At Kamado Jigoku (literall "cooking pot hell"), steaming turquoise waters are surrounded by pine trees and overlooked by a colorful demon statue. To immerse yourself, the Suginoi Hotel's Tanayu spa has rooftop infinity pools with eye-popping city views.
Bamboo trees in Beppu, Japan
Bamboo grows everywhere in Beppu, and you might be surprised at the amazing range of bamboo products offered at the Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center during your cruise. This excellent museum shows visitors the history of bamboo craft in Japan, including local weaving techniques. It offers hands-on bamboo craft workshops starting at 400 yen.
For gorgeous mountain vistas, take a 50-minute bus from Beppu to Yufuin, a hot spring resort with a relaxing bohemian vibe. Visit the Kyushu Yufuin Mingei Mura, where you can try your hand at old-fashioned paper making, stroll around postcard-perfect, spring-fed Kinrinko Lake and admire the twin peaks of Mt. Yufu, which stands 1,584 meters tall. One of the best views is from the outdoor bath at Yufuin Onsen spa.
With all this hot water, it's no wonder that "Hell Steam Cuisine" is the local specialty. The hells sell boiled eggs, but for the real Hell's kitchen experience, try Jigokumushi Kobo Steam Cooking Center in Kannawa. You can buy prepared dishes of pork buns, vegetables, seafood or chicken and cook them in a rental steam chamber.
For high-quality craft products from Oita Prefecture, Oita Made has got you covered. In addition to finely made bamboo baskets, mats, spoons and chopsticks, this boutique has traditional Japanese geta clogs, pouches of Japanese green tea, sweetened sake and traditional pear jam.
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