Beppu's "hells" are seven amazing viewing hot springs.
The water is a truly beautiful cobalt blue, which is rare even amongst Japanese hot springs. The reason for the blue color of the water is its naturally high levels of iron sulfate, meaning that it is entirely natural and not a result of coloring.
Five of the hells are in the county of Kannawa and two in the more distant area of Shibasaki. One of the most lovely "hells", a pond of boiling, blue water features the "sea hell." There are a few smaller orange hells in its spacious gardens and a clear water pond with lotus flowers whose big leaves are powerful enough to hold tiny kids.
In a rather touristy fashion, they are submitted to tourists that may not appeal to everyone. Five of the hells are in the county of Kannawa and two in the more distant area of Shibasaki. Pudding, produced from hot spring steam, is sold in some hells of Kannawa District Umi Jigoku One of the most lovely hells, the "sea hell" has a pond of boiling, blue water. In its spacious gardens, there are a few smaller, orange-colored hells and a clear water pond with lotus flowers whose large leaves are strong enough to carry small children.
The Access to the five hells in the Kannawa district is through the JR Beppu Station which is about 15 minutes by commonly leaving trains. The fastest are bus numbers 5, 7 and 9. Get off at the bus terminal in Kannawa, from where you can walk to all seven hells. Also, Bus number 16/16A operates from Kannawa to Shibasaki twice an hour (5 minutes) where the other two hells are situated. The bus then proceeds to Beppu Station via Kamegawa Station (40 minutes). Bus number 26/26A operates from bus number 16/16A in the reverse direction.
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