Making use of the long weekend, we traveled all the way down to the island of Kyushu to extend our explorations of Japan. One of its highlights is the hot spring resort Beppu. In Beppu, hot steam and water seem to come out of the ground just about everywhere, a veritable onsen craze is raging.
For sightseeing purposes, a tour of its Boiling Hells (Jigoku Meguri) is recommended. The combination ticket for 8 hells costs a rather hefty 2000 Y. Six of the hells are within walking distance of each other, while for two others, a short bus ride is required. While unfortunately heavily commercialized, the hells are an unusual sight for sure. (more…)