History of Beppu Onsen


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It is said that the Kannawa onsen was opened by Ippen Shonin (High Priest) who came to Beppu with the support of Otomo Yoriyasu. People in the Kannawa area at that time were having a hard time due to the hot springs tremendous noise. He prayed to appease the God of the earth and to suppress people’s fear. He opened a hot spring bath for the sake of local people.
A record shows that in the Kamakura Period (13th century), Otomo Yoriyasu who was an ancestor of Otomo Sorin, the Domain Lord of Oita area, known as Christian Lord (16th century), established several wellness centers in Kannawa and Hamawaki to cure the samurai soldiers who were wounded in the war against the Mongolian Army.
Before those times, Beppu Onsen had been known as Hayami no yu. It appears in the regional chronicle of the “Iyo Hudoki” compiled in the 8th century. According to the story, when Sukunahikonanomikoto and Okuninushinomikoto visited Iyo no Kuni, Sukunahikonanomikoto fainted from illness there. Okuninushinomikoto led therapeutic thermal water through a long pipe on the floor of the sea from Beppu to Iyo no Kuni for Sukunahikonanomikoto.
Also Akayusen,Chinoike Jigoku was mentioned in the regional chronicle of the “Bungo Hudoki” of the 8th century.

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