Beppu is one of the unique places known around the world. It is also called the “city of steam”. This placed is named as the nine hells of Beppu because of their resemblance to the Buddhist vision of hell. It has nine springs (ponds) which are named the nine hells, and each pond has its own colour and its special features.
This place is located in the east coast of Kyushu Island on the southern tip of Japan. Seven of the hells are located in the district of Kannawa. Beppu is also the second largest producer of geothermal water in the whole world. The nine hells are named as follows: * The Sea Hell (Umi Jigoku)
* Shaven Head Hell (Oniishibozu Jigoku)
* Cooking Pot Hell (Kamado Jigoku)
* Mountain Hell (Yama Jigoku)
* Devil mountain Hell (Oniyama Jigoku)
* Golden Dragon Hell (Kinryu Jigoku)
* White Pond Hell (Shiraike Jigoku)
* Blood Pond Hell (Chinoike Jigoku)
* Water Spout Hell (Tatsumaki Jigoku)
The Sea Hell
One of the most beautiful ponds in Beppu, Umi Jigoku features a pool of turquoise water that resembles the sea. It was formed over 1300 years ago. Its waters are 120 meters deep and 90 degrees Celsius, hot enough to cook eggs in.
In its spacious gardens, there are a few secondary, orange coloured hells and a large, clear water pond with lotus flowers whose large leaves are strong enough to carry small children. The onsen eggs made here are famous .Not only eggs, but the Jigoku pudding is also one of the famous things. The pudding is made by the steam of this water. You can also have an ashiyu (foot bath).
Beppu attracts over 12 million Japanese and foreign visitors each year. Best travel period to Beppu...