Hells of Beppu: Kannawa District

Beppu is renowned as one of the best hot spring towns of all Japan. Thanks to the region’s volcanic activity, plenty of hot water heated deep in the Earth’s crust flows to the sufrace and supplies the many Onsen resorts of the city.

The hells of Beppu (jigoku) are found in two districts, the Shibaseki district and Kannawa district, which is shown here. They are tourist attractions featuring hot springs. While some of them are quite impressive, their quality is not equal and one may wish to choose to visit only some of the most spectacular.

In my opinion, the Kannawa district has the nicest hells and is much easier to access compared to the Shibaseki district. My top picks are without hesitation the Umi Jigoku (sea hell) and Oniishibozu Jigoku which are located to the West of Kannawa District. In addition to the hot springs, the two hells boast beautiful gardens.

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Hot Spring Cooking in Beppu (Steam Cooking Center)

The city of Beppu is known as one of the best hot spring cities of Japan. As part of the cultural heritage of the hot spring culture, cooking in the steam coming out of the springs is still practiced nowadays. Visitors may try hot spring cooking at the Jigokumushi Kobo Steam Cooking Center in the vicinity of the hot springs of the Kannawa hot spring district.

Various vegetables including potatoes, corn and mushroom, meats and a variety of seafood can be purchased on site. A volunteer instructor will supervise you throughout the cooking process and make sure that each ingredient is cooked the right amount of time. The center has an indoor eating area and a terrace for its visitors.

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Ohori Park in Fukuoka

The Ohori Park is a lovely park located in Fukuoka. The park features a large pond at its center and a thin strip of land in the middle with a footpath that can be accessed by two stone bridges. A pavilion jutting out from the island offers a nice view of the park and the city. The pond itself is encircled by a footpath that is popular among runners.

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A view of Fukuoka Tower

I did not get the chance to go in the tower on this trip but our host kindly took us to a nice spot to see the tower itself after closing time. The place in question is in between the Fukuoka City Museum and the Momochi Central Park. The photos I took of this icon of Fukuoka turned out quite nice.

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Kyushu National Museum

The Kyushu National Museum is one of the three national museums in Japan (the other three being in Tokyo, Nara and Kyoto). Exhibits at the museum mainly cover Japanese history. We did not have time to visit the museum but we did visit a small free exhibition gallery where one can play various games and instruments of Asian origin. There, I had the chance to play a real gong with a huge hammer, which was quite impressive.

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Yanagawa river boat tour

Yanagawa is renowned for the the many hundred kilometers of canals wandering across the city. Those canals that were once used for commercial transportation are now used by tourists taking part of a boat tour of the city. The tour guides steer the boats by using long perches to push on the canal’s bottom, propelling the boat forward. Our guide was a charming individual. I’m sure his guided tour was quite nice but I didn’t catch too much of his Japanese. It didn’t really matter because he was quite an entertainer, mostly singing folkloric songs along the way. Halfway during the trip, our guide stopped at a dock where stores were selling ice cream and beer which could be purchased from the boat! Highly recommend on a hot day! I’ll keep fond memories of the day I spent in Yanagawa.

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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

The Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Kyushu and is located a short walk away from the Dazaifu station. The shrine’s grounds are extensive and include beautiful gardens and a museum which houses the shrine’s treasures. The main walkway leading to the shrine passes over an iconic large bridge and then under an impressive Torii gate before arriving at the main altar. Shinto rituals are performed at the shrine and can be witnessed by visitors.

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