Kyushu, Day 4: Hells of Beppu

We checked out early but left our bags with the staff so that we could explore the Hells of Beppu. There were a few spots near the ryokan and we decided to visit these. We chose 2 spots only because we had limited time before our train to Kagoshima.

MARCH 7, 2020

Our breakfast was also included in the room price and we had a lot to eat!

We checked out early but left our bags with the staff so that we could explore the HELLS OF BEPPU. There were a few spots near the ryokan and we decided to visit these. We chose 2 spots only because we had limited time before our train to Kagoshima.

We first went to UMI JIGOKU (¥400), literally translated to “sea hell”. Temperature is at 98oC and its pond is unique because of the cobalt blue color. It is said that this was created due to the explosion of Mount Tsurumi 300 years ago.

There was an indoor museum as well but most of the stuff were in Japanese.

A few of the trees in the area were already blooming flowers…

Last stop was ONIISHIBOZU JIGOKU (¥400). The name comes from the fact that the boiling mud looks similar to the shaved head of a bozu (Buddhist priest). There were different spots in the area to see boiling gray mud pools.

Interesting also to see an ashiyu (free foot bath) and a small “river” with rust color.

We went back to the ryokan afterwards then headed to Beppu Station. We still had more than an hour of waiting to do and it was nice to see a lounge for tourists in Beppu Station. Staying inside was free but we were a bit shy so C decided to avail the unli coffee inside.

That’s it for Beppu! Next stop is Kagoshima. 😊

Kyushu, Day 3: Beppu Ryokan

MARCH 6, 2020

From Yufuin, we headed back to Beppu and checked-in a ryokan – Kappo Ryokan Kannawa Bettei.

We were given yuzu mochi and ocha as welcome snacks then toured around the ryokan.

After the tour and orientation, we quickly changed to yukata to use the private outdoor onsen while it was still free. It was nice because you can lock the door to make sure that other guests cannot go inside. Use of the outdoor onsen was max of 1 hour but we only stayed for 30 minutes because it was too hot for us.

I had a good sleep that night though because my back and shoulder pains went away. Our room had an indoor onsen but we decided to use it for the next day.

For dinner, we were served with a 10-course meal which was included already in the room price we paid.

What we had for dinner were:

  1. Umeshu
  2. Fried red bream with yuba, cherry leaf, sweet rice sake sauce, sakura, and wasabi
  3. Small bowl: vegetables and dotted gizzard shad; rest of the plate: squid with leafbud miso, duck meat, roe and seaweed, taro, and broad bean lily root
  4. Clear soup with red sea bream, turnip, glehnia root, carrot, and rapeseed blossom
  5. Sashimi: horse mackerel, flounder, squid
  6. Bamboo shoot, wakame seaweed, kuruma prawn, sea bream roe, green peas, and carrot
  7. Nabe – bungo beef (high quality beef from Oita), assorted vegetables, tofu; vinegar + soy sauce; green onion, red chili daikon, and yuzu green pepper
  8. Grilled Spanish mackerel marinated in soy sauce, mustard shiitake mushroom, and pickled ginger
  9. Rice, pickled vegetables, miso soup
  10. Assorted fruits

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We were so happy with Youko-san who assisted us ever since we arrived up until dinner finished. We even talked a bit during dinner because she was surprised we knew basic Japanese and had good diction.

After dinner was sleeping time already and we were excited to try the futon. It was so soft and comfortable! We did not feel the floor on our back so we had a good sleep.

Kyushu, Day 3: Yufuin Sights

In Beppu Station, we bought a 1-day bus pass (¥1,600) that we can use to go to Yufuin and return to Beppu. The bus ride was almost an hour and we decided to get off at the stop near Lake Kinrin.

MARCH 6, 2020

This day was the start of our trip around the Kyushu region! We grabbed ekiben (¥1,100) to eat during our shinkansen ride to Beppu.

In Beppu Station, we bought a 1-day bus pass (¥1,600) that we can use to go to Yufuin and return to Beppu. The bus ride was almost an hour and we decided to get off at the stop near Lake Kinrin.

LAKE KINRIN is famous for its morning fog and its name came from a Confucian scholar who saw a gold-scaled fish in this lake.

We passed by a lot of cute shops while walking along the shopping street – YUNOTSUBO KAIDO. We went inside the shops selling dog- and cat-related items. Hehe.

Along the street was a small street with an entrance leading to FLORAL VILLAGE.

The place was very nostalgic for us, especially when we saw Heidi! 90s kids can definitely relate to this. I even remember when I saw Heidi’s bed made of hay, I wanted to have the same. LOL.

Other shops in Floral Village were Kiki’s Bakery, Owl Café, and those selling Studio Ghibli and other anime goodies.

We also saw a mameshiba café but outside the village. Cuties!