Takayama Old Town

Takayama features many well-preserved buildings dating from the Edo period when the city was an important hub for Japanese merchants. To the North of Takayama, in the Houmeitaigumi preservation area, the Kusakabe Heritage House and the Yoshijima Heritage House are open to visitors. These small museums offer visitors an insight into the life of Takayama’s merchants in its glory days.

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Mount Tsurumi in Beppu

Mount Tsurumi, an ancient volcano, is an unmistakable geological landmark of the region of Beppu. The summit of the mountain is accessible by the Kintetsu Beppu Ropeway. Many small shrines are located around the summit but the main attraction is, without any doubt, the amazing view of the bay of Beppu.

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Prefecture : Ōita-ken
City : Beppu-shi
District : Higashiyama
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Coast of Beppu

Other than being famous as a Onsen town, Beppu is also a port that can accommodate cruise and cargo ships. The Shoningahama Park, easily accessible by the Beppudaigaku station, is located next to the Bay of Beppu. The park offers a nice view of the city of the bay and the city of Beppu surrounded by mountains. The Beppu Beach Sand Bath is also located at the Shoningahama park. There, customers are buried warm sand for a relaxing experience.

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Prefecture : Ōita-ken
City : Beppu-shi
District : Shōningahama
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Hells of Beppu: Shibaseki District

The Shibaseki District is one of the two sites where the Hells of Beppu are located, the other being the Kannawa District. Two Hells are located in this district. The nicest, in my opinion, is Chinoike Jigoku “blood pond hell”. It is tought by some to be the most photogenic of all Hells. The other one, Tatsumaki Jigoku, is a geyser that erupts at a regular time interval (twice per hour).

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Prefecture : Ōita-ken
City : Beppu-shi
District : Noda
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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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City : Beppu-shi
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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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Prefecture : Ōita-ken
City : Beppu-shi
District : Furomoto
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A view of Tokyo Bay from Odaiba

Several places in Tokyo offer nice panoramic views of the city like Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills, etc. But there’s no need to line up into those buildings to enjoy a nice scenery of Tokyo. The north-western coast of Odaiba island offers a fantastic viewpoint on the bay of Tokyo as well as the iconic rainbow bridge.

Some of those photos were taken simply from the park along the coast, most of the night panorama of the bay and rainbow bridge was taken from the terrace at one of the many restaurants in the Aqua City shopping mall. Some of those are affordable and the view of the sun setting over Tokyo is priceless!

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Prefecture : 東京都
City : Minato-ku
District : 台場
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