Takegawara Kouji
Takegawara Arcade

This arcade, which connects Nagarekawa St. and Takegawara Onsen and is 70 m long and 3 m wide, is made of wood with a glass ceiling. It was built in 1921 so that tourists could walk to get to Takegawara Onsen from Kusunoki Port (the old Beppu Port), which used to be near this arcade, without getting wet by rain. This is said to be currently the oldest wooden arcade in Japan and was designated as a Heritage of Industrial Modernization in 2009.

The Green Sun
Wall Art created by Taro Okamoto

On the exterior wall on a building near the west gate of JR Beppu Station, you can find a wall art made by Shigaraki-yaki tiles. It is called “Midori no taiyo” (The Green Sun) and this artwork is one of the “Taiyo (The Sun) series” of the prominent artist, Taro Okamoto.The owner of this building directly negotiated with Taro Okamoto who was creating “Taiyo no toh” (The Tower of the Sun) which was the symbol of Osaka World Exposition in 1970. Though he was quite busy with the preparation for the Exposition at the time, he immediately accepted the owner’s request. This was because Beppu was a place of a [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…]

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  

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…]

Higashi shiiya no taki

It is located in Ajimu town just over the mountain from Beppu. It is a 40-minute drive from Beppu station, passing by the famous African safari park. You can borrow a walking stick there. It is better to have it with you. You start walking and soon you get to a small path along the stream, and find that the water is so clear and sometimes running fast. Both sides of the stream is a valley and the trees are so green, it is easy to imagine that it will be very beautiful red in autumn. At last you see the high fall. It is like a white dragon, you are [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…]