Asami Shrine

This ancient shrine was built in 1196 and is the home of the God of Beppu and the God of Onsen. As you approach the main torii gate, if you step on the two special stones in the shape of a gourd and a sake cup on the first visit of the year to the shrine, they secure good luck for the year. As well, if you are lucky, you might find a special heart-shaped stone, which is said to bring you good luck in love. Two towering cedar trees stand side by side just inside the gate. These are called the Meoto sugi or the Couple Cedars. It is [Read more…]

Uchikamado Shrine

This Shrine is located in the Kamegawa area, two train stops west of Beppu Station. Built in the year 727, it is one of the oldest shrines in Kyushu. It has the interesting legend about the 100 stone steps that lead up to the shrine. A Frightening ogre was terrorizing the people near the shrine. The god of the shrine proposed a challenge to the ogre. If the ogre could complete the 100 stone steps in one night, he would be allowed to stay in the area. However, if he failed, the ogre had to promise to leave the area forever. The ogre agreed to the challenge and worked feverishly [Read more…]

Myoban Yakushiji

Ten minutes walk from the Myoban bus stop, you will find a small temple. It has a small waterfall which is a good size for training your spirit by Takigyo. When you see the waterfall, you may feel someone is looking at you from behind. If you turn around, you will see about a hundred of small statues of Ojizo-san. Why are there so many Ojizo-sans here? It is said that they used to be in the mountains of the Myoban area and people walked up topray and take care of them in the past. Those people got older and had difficulty walking up there, and Ojizo-sans were carried here [Read more…]

Beppu Ropeway

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…]