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Things To Do In Beppu: Experience The Thrill Of Sand & Mud Bath

Things To Do In Beppu:  Experience The Thrill Of Sand & Mud Bath

A trip to Beppu will never be completed without the experience of sand and mud bath as well as a visit to the Hells of Beppu.  Beppu is #25 of 191 destination in Japan.   Beppu is a beautiful & quiet seaside town on Kyushu Island.  The town is built from the ground up for tourist enjoyment.  There are several reasons why you should include Beppu to your bucket lists of places to visit.

If you look out of the city on a cool day you’ll see steam pouring out of half the buildings in town.

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Beppu is famous for hot springs.  Beppu is one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts, producing more hot spring water than any other resort in the country. The town’s main claim to fame is that it has one of the highest volume of hot spring waters in the world.   Beppu offers an unmatched range of baths to be enjoyed, including ordinary hot water baths, mud baths, sand baths and steam baths.  In addition, the Hells of Beppu are several spectacular hot springs for viewing rather than bathing.

The city runs a service that will dress you in Yukata (Japanese Casual Kimono) and bury you in the hot sands of Beppu Beach.

 

SAND BATH EXPERIENCE AT BEPPU SEASIDE

sandbath in Beppu

WHERE IS BEPPU LOCATED?

Beppu is a city in Oita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.
Oita is a coastal prefecture on Japan’s Kyushu Island.
It’s best known for its onsen (hot springs), including popular Beppu.

beppu map

THINGS TO DO IN BEPPU:  

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VISIT THE HELLS OF BEPPU

The eight hells (jigoku) of Beppu are the spectacular hot springs for viewing rather than bathing.
Six of the hells are located in the Kannawa district (uni jigoku, Oniishibozu Jigoku, Shiraike Jigoku, Kamado Jigoku,
Oniyama Jigoku, Yama Jigoku) and two located  in Shibaseki district (Chinoike Jigoku, Tatsumaki Jigoku).

If you have limited time in Beppu, I highly recommend to visit these 3 hells such as Umi Jigoku, Oniishibozu Jigoku and the Chinoike Jigoku.

THE UMI JIGOKU
One of the most beautiful hells, the “sea hell” features a pond of boiling, blue water.
In its spacious gardens, there are a few secondary, orange colored hells and a large, clear water pond with lotus flowers whose large leaves are strong enough to carry small children.

umi jogoku

Admission charge for Adults is 400 Japanese Yen. For Children 200 Yen.

umi jogoku

Here’s some photos I’ve taken:
This is so far my favorite hell.

Hells of Beppu

Photo with my husband Brian at Umi Jigoku

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The “hell” is a pretty blue like the ocean. They put eggs over the spring to cook them
naturally and sell them to tourists.

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Dancing?  I don’t know.   Anyway, this is my daughter Jiordine

THE ONIISHIBOZU JIGOKU

This hell is named after the mud bubbles, which emerge from boiling mud pools and look like the shaven heads of monks. Besides the mud pools, it features a foot bath with clear water.  Adjacent to the hell is a public bath with multiple pools that costs an additional 600 yen.

hells of beppu

It is actually worth  to see this one of a kind “shaven heads of monks” jigoku.
Not sure why they name this as “shaven head of monks”, but this hell has silky looking clay circles with
hot water bubbling out from it.

Oniishibozu Jigoku

This photo was taken at Oniishibozu Jigoku

Oniishibozu Jigoku

This is the foot bath inside the Oniishibozu jigoku.  You can just relax and soak your feet here.

THE CHINOIKE JIGOKU
The “blood pond hell” features a pond of hot, orange- red water. It is one of the most photogenic of the eight hells. People in Japan’s past named the Onsen Chinoike-jigoku based on an image of hell found in Buddhism. Chinoike Jigoku is also rich in iron oxide at the base of the pond, which gives the pool a deep reddish color.

Hells of beppu

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At 78 degrees Celsius, Bloody Hell Pond could better be used for cooking than a spa treatment.
This photo was take at Chinoike Jigoku with my husband

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This is the foot bath inside the CHINOIKE JIGOKU

HERE ARE THE OTHER HELLS (JIGOKU)
hells of beppu

HOW TO GET THERE (The Hells)

The six hells are located in the Kannawa district.  Kannawa district can be easily accessed by frequently departing buses from JR Beppu Station.  Bus number 5, 7 and 9 are the fastest. Get off at Kannawa bus terminal.

Bus number 16/16A runs twice per hour from Kannawa to Shibaseki (5 minutes) where the remaining two hells are located.

HELLS OPENING HOURS:
From 8:00 am to 17:00 pm
Mondays to Sundays

TIPS:  At JR Train Station go to the tourist information center
and ask for Beppu City Map and Bus Schedule They are so friendly and will show you everything how to get there.
Also, make sure to read everything down below this article for you to ask a clear direction from the tourist center to make things easier for you on how to get to the other recommended places to visit listed below.

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Photo taken at Beppu JR Train Station

THINGS TO DO IN BEPPU:
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GO FOR SAND BATH

You will have a unique, relaxing experience in the hot sand bath at Beppu’s seaside.  Ease your body muscles by sinking in the warm sand while gazing over the vast, blue ocean.  Don’t forget your camera because the staffs are so friendly and happy to take your picture buried in the sand  a great souvenir to remember your trip in Beppu!

sandbath in beppu

Bathing Fee 1,030 Japanese Yen including a yukata robe.
If you don’t bring towel, you can just buy there at  200 Yen.

sand bath in Beppu

A group of friends and family can enjoy the sand bath together.

sandbath beppu

My nose was itchy…so lucky that my husband was there to scratch it! LOL!!!!

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Just finished my sand bath.  The sand bath will take about 15 minutes

sand bath in beppu

You can wash your hands from this basin.  While washing off, you can enjoy onsen as well inside the shower room.   There is a regular hot spring bath inside the shower room, or you can take a shower right away. Your choice!

HOW TO GET THERE:  BEACH SAND BATH IN BEPPU

From JR Beppu Station East Exit→Get off at “Rokushoen Beppu Kaihin Sunayu Mae” (Approx 15min.bus-ride/ Adult;230Yen/One way, bus no.26

Sand bathing was one of my excellent experiences during my 3 days visit in Beppu.   

THINGS TO DO IN BEPPU:  

things to do in beppu

EXPERIENCE THE MUD BATH

AT BEPPU ONSEN HOYO LAND  MUD BATH

If you want to experience a real Beppu onsen (hot spring) mud bath, then this place is definetly worth a visit. This  Onsen Hoyo Land is a  natural and simple mud bath.   The power of the natural hot spring plus the old concept setup, make that place UNIQUE.

This is an open mud bath I experienced in Beppu.

CAUTION:  When you go out to the outdoor area the men and women is a mixed area separated only by a wood fence.  I was surprised to see my husband relaxing outside.   So make sure NOT to stand up otherwise they will see you naked.

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This is the outdoor mud bath area

If you are sensitive, you may feel that this area is somewhat filthy, but still an interesting experience, specially if you like mud and sulfur.  The baths are arranged in a labyrinth way, which is fun to explore.  But move slowly because the floor is very slippery.

mud bath at beppu
This is the mud that you can rub all over your body

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This is the indoor mud bath inside the women’s area

HOW TO GET TO BEPPU ONSEN HOYO LAND
You can take a bus from JR Beppu Train Station. There are several buses that departs from this area.
Entrance Fee:  1,050 Japanese Yen (maybe this fee might change)
Bathing time from 09:00 to 22:00
(until 20:00 on Monday)

THINGS TO DO IN BEPPU:  

Things to do in Beppu

EAT SUSHI

Kamesho Kurukuru Sushi Restaurant
If you want to taste the best sushi in town, go to this place called Kamesho Kurukuru sushi.
This is where I tasted the best mackerel and Toro (tuna) sushi in my life at a very reasonable price.

things to do in beppu
Located at 〒874-0835 Oita Prefecture, Beppu, Kitaju, 7組 (you can just take taxi to go here)
This place is always full so make sure to make a reservation first.  Tel. no. +81 977-66-5225

Here’s some photos I’ve taken from what we ordered.  ENJOY!!!!

kamesho Kurukuru Sushi, BeppuSea Urchin Sushi

Kameshu kurukuru sushi beppu

Really taste sooooooooo good…

kemesho kurukuru sushi beppu

Salmon & Toro (tuna) Sushi

kamesho kurukuru sushi beppu

Mackarel Sushi

With all these sushi we had, we paid around 9,500 Japanese Yen (this is about P4,750 Philippines Peso or about US$98).  Frankly, we ordered too much and we cannot even finish it…Just order what you can finish .  Must try this!

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HOW TO GET TO BEPPU?

There are several ways to get to Beppu.  You can travel by air or by train from Tokyo, Fukuoka or from any other cities from Japan.   With my experience I travelled from Fukuoka since I want to eat the original HAKATA ramen first in Fukuoka before heading to Beppu.

So, here’s how you can get to Beppu from FUKUOKA.
BY TRAIN: About 1Hour and 56 Minutes using Limited Express Train

limited express train to beppu

This is the Limited Express Train Serviced by JR Kyushu
Run every 20 to 40 minutes for daytime. 32 round trips a day are operated.

train to beppu

Photo taken inside the train. You can reserve your seat without paying any extra cost from the JR Ticket Office at Fukuoka Train Station.  During my trip on Oct. 6, 2016 it was not full at all.  You can seat anywhere you want.

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Finally arrived at Beppu!

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Photo was taken at Beppu train station just right after we get off from the train

things to do in Beppu

Beppu is a laid-back town in Japan.  This photo was taken from one of the main road in Beppu
just across the Beppu Train Station.  Just strolling around.

WHERE DID I STAY IN BEPPU & WHY?

HOTEL IN BEPPU :  KAMENOI HOTEL BEPPU

There are several hotels in Beppu depending on your set budget.  I decided to stay in Kamenoi Hotel because this hotel is very convenient to Beppu Train Station where the bus station is also located for you to go around.  Kamenoi Hotel Beppu is just about 5 minutes walk from JR Beppu Train Station.   Kamenoi Hotel Beppu has a large spa that you can relax at night after a tiring day strolling around the town.

Kamenoi Hotel Beppu have both indoor and out door hot baths and saunas.   Children are also allowed to go inside the hot bath areas. Kamenoi Hotel Beppu has an amusement center for kids to enjoy located at the 3rd floor (just right across of the hot bath area).

 

 

HOW TO GET TO KAMENOI HOTEL BEPPU

Once you get out from the train station just cross the street – walk to the right then after few blocks (you’ll pass a parking lot on your left and right)  you will see a signage of the Kamenoi Hotel – just turn left  and walk straight until you  pass a liquor store on your left- you will see a huge brown building on your right –  that’s Kamenoi Hotel Beppu.

Just in front of Kamenoi Hotel is a convenient store called Lawson.  You can just opt to buy your breakfast here.  Cost of onigiri (rice wrapped in seaweed will cost you about 100 Japanese yen).  Water from the hotel is drinkable.

Here’s some photos taken in Kamenoi Hotel Beppu

kamenoi hotel beppu

We were upgraded to a bigger family room that includes of  6 beds though we just use 2 beds
The view was brilliant – it was facing the mountain

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Kamenoi Hotel Beppu Shower Room

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This is the indoor hot pool bath

Kamenoi Hotel Beppu hot bath

This is a snap shot taken by my husband at the outdoor hot pool

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This photo was taken before getting in to the hot bath (3rd floor at Kamenoi Hotel Beppu)
with my husband and daughter

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I hope this Beppu travel post will give you the best and most exciting trip that you will never forget in your life. Life is short, enjoy and make the most out of it! Go out there and explore the world.

This travel with jeng seeks to encourage more people to explore and travel the world to live life to the fullest!  It’s all about the adventures, the different cultures, the people, different food exploration, the journey to reach your destination and most of all to make your travel experience with EASE!

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Best Places to Visit in London With Ease

Best Places to Visit in London To Make Your Trip a Memorable One!

If you are planning to visit London, this post will help you plan your trip with ease.  I will share with you the best places to visit in London, how to get there, so you can plan ahead.

Watch the below video to see some glimpse of  the best places to visit.

The Westminster Abby, Best Places To Visit in London

The Westminster Abby is one of London’s notable religious buildings. This is the traditional place for coronations and other ceremonies for British monarchs.

best places to visit london

This is a 700-year-old building. Formally titled the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster.

The Westminster Abbey is in the heart of London. This is just few steps going to Big Ben and the Parliament Square.

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The abbey was the venue for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.

How To Get To Westminster AbbEY:

Via Public Transport Underground:

The closest stations are:
Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)
St James’s Park (District and Circle Lines)

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From Comfort Inn at Buckingham Palace (the hotel where I stayed), this is just about 24 minutes walk:
  • Head southeast on Elizabeth Bridge toward Hugh St – Turn left onto Hugh St. then turn left onto Eccleston Square/A3213
  • Turn right onto Bridge Pl – Turn left toward Wilton Rd – Walk for 377 ft
  • Head east toward Wilton Rd – Turn left onto Wilton Rd – Turn right to stay on Wilton Rd – Turn right onto Victoria St/A302 – Then Slight right onto Broad Sanctuary/A302 – Slight right at The Sanctuary and you will already reach the Westminster Abbey.

    Westminster Abbey is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays and religious holidays, the Abbey is open for worship only. All are welcome and it is free to attend services.

Visitor access to the Abbey is via the West Gate of the North Green, located near the junction of Broad Sanctuary and The Sanctuary.

The Big Ben, Best Places To Visit in London

The Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Source wikipedia.

best places to visit london

The name Big Ben actually refers to the clock’s hour bell inside the tower. This is the largest of the clock’s five bells. The other four are used as quarter bells.

best places to visit london

The clock was the largest in the world and is still the largest in Great-Britain.  This clock has rarely failed during its long life span of operation.

Unfortunately the clock tower is not publicly accessible.

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This photo was taken from the side of the London Eye walk.

How To Get To BIG BEN:

The Big Ben is just few steps away from the Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square Garden.

The Parliament Square Garden, Best Places To Visit in London

best places to visit london

Parliament Square Garden is an area of significant historic and symbolic value.  It is part of the ceremonial route between Westminster Abbey and Westminster Hall.  You will see the statue of the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the Parliament Square Garden.

You will also find the nine foot bronze statue of Nelson Mandela.

How To Get To PARLIAMENT SQUARE:

The Parliament Square is just right across the Westminster Abbey and just few steps to the Big Ben.

The London Eye, Best Places To Visit in London

London Eye is a giant observatory wheel just few steps from the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Parliament Square.

best places to visit london

The big wheel capsules can accommodate up to twenty-five passengers. The observation wheel turns slow enough to have the breath-taking view of London.  A complete turn takes about thirty minutes.

The Buckingham Palace, Best Places To Visit in London

Today, the Buckingham Palace serves as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.  The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every summer.

places to visit in london

Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

places to visit in london

Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official and main royal London home.

The Tower of London, Best Places To Visit in London

The tower of London is one of the best historical places to visit in London. The Tower is designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.  As it is one of the very few intact medieval buildings.

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The tower was also used to imprison a wide range of prisoners from deposed monarchs to more common criminals.  There were 22 executions took place within the Tower of London.

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How To Get To THE TOWER OF LONDON:

Via Public Transport Underground:

Nearest station: Tower Hill: District and Circle Lines (5 mins walk).

From Comfort Inn at Buckingham Palace (the hotel where I stayed) via underground.

Walk to Victoria station about 9 minutes – Go to District line towards Upminster – get off the Tower hill station – walk about 6 minutes  and you will reach the Tower of London.

 

The Tower Bridge, Best Places To Visit in London

The Tower Bridge has become an iconic symbol of London.  The Tower Bridge is one of the five London bridges.  It was built over 120 years ago to ease road traffic.

best places to visit london

This bridge was built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships. The bridge deck is freely accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians.

best places to visit london

The Tower Bridge is one of the most famous and instantly recognisable structures in the entire world.

Tower Bridge is just located in front of the Tower of London.

My husband and I were able to complete all these best places to visit in London for just one day.

I hope this post help you to make your London trip a memorable one. I’d love to hear your comments below.

Enjoy the very best of London!

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About Travel With Jeng

This travel blog was created as my own personal travel diary for me to keep organized with our family travel photos and videos taken during our trip.  This is where I put all together our family travel moments, laughters, food, excitement and great experiences traveling around the world  to keep friends and families informed.  In addition, this is also for the preparation  when my daughter goes to college, this site will turn as our hub to reminisce our travel memories together.

It’s all about the adventures, the  thrills, the experience, the cultures, the people, the food and the joy of bonding with your family in other countries.

Little things that you need to know about me…

I am a full time working from home mom, learner, big dreamer, I love big dogs, I love reading, packing, get on the plane, a big fan of cruising, well organize that I can’t go to bed if anything around me is a mess.  I have no patience of sewing, cooking and ironing.

I love traveling for the food, the thrills and spending time with my family in other countries. I love exploring places, trying new things and I love teaching & helping people how to build their own “online business career” NOT to depend on anyone or anything when it comes to money making – an insight into the so-called design your future (for money to become the by-product of what you do)!

TRAVEL WITH JENG encourage YOU to explore and travel the world with EASE with your loved ones to live life to the fullest! – The True Time Freedom That I’ve been Looking For…

Don’t be afraid of creating something that you’ve never done before.
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