Japanese iris garden
Lake Kagurame

Japanese irises have just begun to bloom at Lake Kagurame. 80 kinds with 15,000 roots of irises will be in full bloom around June 20th. You can enjoy the mysterious atmosphere until early July. An annual special event to share the beauty will be held on June 17th this year. #beppu #Kagurame #iris #welovebeppu

Miyama Kirishima
Mt. Tsurumi

Rhododendrons around the summit of Mt. Tsurumi are at their best now. You can enjoy the beautiful contrast between pink and green. The picture‐postcard landscape can be seen until early June. #beppu #miyamakirishima #Tsurumi #Ropeway #welovebeppu

Onsen Hoyo Land (Mud Bath)

Onsen Hoyo Land is located in Myoban Onsen resorts and surrounded by hot spring steam in the mountains. It has several mud baths and one of them is a large outdoor bath. There is nothing like the peloid of Hoyo Land in the world and the effect is well known. It is especially good for skin. Hoyo Land used to be called Kon-ya Jigoku which was mentioned in the regional chronicle “Bungo Hudoki” in the 8th century. It has a long history and was visited by Kukai, also known as Kobo-Daishi (774-835AD).

Autumn Foliage
Takasakiyama National Park

It is a good time to see autumn leaves along the coastline in Beppu, such as Takasakiyama National Park. Why don’t you take a walk in autumn color? #welovebeppu #beppu #oita #autumnleaves #別府 #大分

Autumn Foliage
Lake Shidaka

Now autumn colors can be viewed at Lake Shidaka. The leaves are beginning to turn red and yellow. It takes 30 min. by bus from JR Beppu station. #welovebeppu #beppu #oita #autumnleaves #別府

Mochigahama Beach Park

Beppu has some beautiful beach parks along the waterfront of Beppu Bay. One of them is Mochigahama Beach Park,which has a 700m-long esplanade with white sand beach and green grass. You can enjoy taking photos of the beautiful scenery there. A photo taken there was awarded a prize of Photography Awards “Capture the Best of Japan”. It was held to show the world the true beauty of Japan. 140 works were chosen from 17,104 submissions. http://www.japan.go.jp/g7/photocon/winner_22.html  

Takasakiyama National Park (Monkey Park)

Mt. Takasaki has had wild monkeys inhabiting it for over 400 years. In 1952, Oita city began feeding the monkeys in order to prevent conflicts with farmers and residents in the neighborhood. The park was established as a major tourist attraction in 1953. This mountain has the largest population of Macaque monkeys in Japan. Currently, there are two groups (B and C) of monkeys living there totaling around 1,500. They are fed several times a day with sweet potato and wheat. The two groups naturally rotate the feedings with the stronger group coming first then disappearing as the second group comes. This rotation helps prevent fighting between the two groups. [Read more…]

Beppu Ropeway
Mt. Tsurumi

Mt. Tsurumi standing 1,375m high is located in the Aso-Kuju National Park. From the lower station named “Kogen Eki”, you can take a cable car to the top of the mountain, which offers a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view of Beppu, as well as the Chugoku and Shikoku Regions, and surrounding mountains. You can enjoy plenty of seasonal delights such as cherry blossoms and “Miyama Kirishima” (type of azalea) in the spring, approximately 10 degrees of cooler temperature in the summer, the changing of the leaves in autumn, and hoarfrost in the winter.Mt. Tsurumi has been considered to be sacred place since a long time ago. Statues of ”Shichi Fuku [Read more…]

Yu no Sato

Here you can find several straw huts called “Yunohana Goya” woven out of bamboo and straw for the purpose of producing “Yunohana” crystals. Yunohana is a bath salt containing hot spring components and is a specialty of the Myoban area. Yunohana Goya huts are built on locations with an abundance of gas emissions. In order to produce these bath salts, many stones called “Kuri-ishi” in Japanese, are spread on the ground so that the hot spring gas can disperse equally throughout the hut. It is also covered with a blue clay that is specific to this area. These crystals are formed by the chemical reaction between hydrogen sulfide gas in [Read more…]