Enjoy Beppu’s “Heaven” and “Hell” Experience Plan
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The countdown to the opening of the Rugby World Cup 2019 has begun. Numerous plans are constantly being created to showcase the charm of Oita, one of the locations for the games.
One such arrangement is “BEPPU SIGHTSEEING TOURS”. Beppu City is a major tourist area that can boast being foremost in Japan in terms of the number of onsen (hot springs) and is calling attention to the charm of the look of its onsen with clouds of steam rising from the ground, likening it to “Hell”. In the “GOLD COURSE”, you will visit three must-see tourist spots and experience famous dishes and bathing in an onsen in onsen facilities, in the “SILVER COURSE”, you will visit two must-see tourist spots and have the choice of experiencing famous dishes or bathing in an onsen in onsen facilities. This time, from the “GOLD COURSE”, we will introduce the aerial stroll on the “Beppu Ropeway” where you can also enjoy the flowers season by season and the natural landscape, as well as the tour to the mysterious blue “Umi Jigoku” (Sea Hell) onsen pool.
Approximately 10 minutes from Beppu Kogen Station at an altitude of 500 m to the top of Mount Tsurumi at an altitude of 1,375 m. The ropeway, which a maximum of 101 people can board, is one of the largest in Kyushu, and takes pride in the fact that one can see cherry blossoms and Kyushu azaleas amongst other flowers season by season and the nature of the mountain, and at the same time, the streetscape of Beppu and the sea.
The view from the top is spectacular. The summit allows you an unbroken view of Mount Yufu and the Kuju Mountain Range which form the easternmost part of Aso Kuju National Park. Particularly in autumn and winter, the air is clear and the quality of the view is also outstanding. In addition, Mount Tsurumi has been venerated as a holy mountain since ancient times. At the top of the mountain there is a shrine where seven gods of good fortune are worshipped, so it is possible to go around to the various gods while enjoying nature.
“Umi Jigoku” where white clouds of steam rise from the mysterious cobalt blue pool. In fact, it is a crater from the eruption of Mount Tsurumi 1,200 years ago. The temperature of the spring water is 98 degrees Celsius. In addition, within the precincts there is another pool, “Aka Ike Jigoku” (Red Pond Hell), whose hot springs waters are colored red, and the contrast between the “blue” and the “red” is interesting, don’t you think?
The second floor of the “Umi Jigoku” souvenir shop is a free mini onsen museum. It introduces the history of Beppu’s onsen. In addition, at the far end of the shop on the right is a greenhouse that uses hot spring water from Umi Jigoku, and here Queen Victoria’s Water Lily and other tropical plants are cultivated. There is also a footbath among other things, and the facility allows to enjoy Beppu’s “Hells” in a carefree manner.
What do you think? In these “BEPPU SIGHTSEEING TOURS” you can also take a tour to the “Chi no Ike Jigoku” (Blood Pond Hell), and experience a meal called “Jigoku Mushi” (ENMA meal) where meat and fish, vegetables and other foods are steamed in the geothermal heat of the onsen. This “Jigoku Mushi” is also an institution characteristic of Beppu. Also, you can use the Kamenoi Bus 1 day free ride ticket, and effectively and comfortably enjoy Beppu tourism. To purchase the coupon and for further details please visit http://www.kamenoibus.com/info.php.