Beppu Tower

As the tallest structure on Beppu’s waterfront, Beppu Tower is the city’s most famous landmark. The tower was designed by Tachu Naito, the same architect who later designed the famous Tokyo Tower. Originally named Sightseeing Center TV Tower, it was planned to open the Beppu Tourism Exhibition, which was held for two months between March and May in 1957. Construction work began in 1956 but experienced several delays. As a result, the tower was not completed on time and opened only ten days before the end of the Tourism Exhibition. Four years later in 1961, the name was changed to Beppu Tower.The tower has an observation deck at a height [Read more…]

Beppu Park

Just a short 5-minute walk from the west exit of Beppu Station, Beppu Park is one of the natural treasures of the city. Covering a total area of 27 hectares (66 acres) the park offers great opportunities for exercise and relaxation.The park was opened in the early 1900’s as a place of recreation for the people. More than 60 varieties of trees and shrubs have been planted in the park’s vast grounds. The park’s 700 pine trees have grown to impressive sizes and have come to symbolize the park.In the spring, Beppu Park becomes one of the main sites for cherry blossom viewing in the city. Families and friends converge [Read more…]

JR Beppu Station

This transportation hub has souvenir shops, a convenience store, bakery, and restaurants, as well as an information center that has a foreign tourist desk. Located on the east side of JR Beppu Station is a larger-than life statue of Kumahachi Aburaya, who contributed to building tourism in Beppu city. An advertising slogan that he created to promote Beppu across the country, “The best of Japan: Mt. Fuji, Seto Island Sea and Beppu Hot Springs”, is written on the statue. Also his motto, “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers”, is on the other side of it. A monument next to the statue demonstrates the abundant hot springs that come from all parts [Read more…]