Long time no blog!
This time I wanna show you the most famous features of Beppu, the city where I live in. This city is called the “hot spring city” for lots of onsen (hot springs in Japanese) it has. And guess what, some of the hot springs are called Jigoku a.k.a hells!!!
The first “hell” I visited in my Kyushu trip was Jigoku Mushi in Kannawa area. Oh, anyway, this time I was accompanoed by Arin, my high school and university junior, and Shofi, my high school classmate who is now studying at Fukushima College of Technology. Since Jigoku Mushi is the place where we could steam any kinds of food with natural hot spring steam, we went shopping around Beppu station and bought vegetables, eggs, and a pack of shrimp before taking the Oita Kotsu bus to Kannawa.
The bus stop for Oita Kotsu bus is located at the back of Kannawa, so we needed to walk for 5-10 minutes before reaching Jigoku Mushi. The good thing is, they were lots of maps posted around the area so we knew which direction to go.
We literally steamed all the ingredients–healthy and super yummy at the same time! Well, some of the food was indeed tasteless, but sauces were provided for free.
After eating our steamed food, we went up the area for Jigoku Meguri, literally means hell tour, which is actually how they call “visiting the most famous jot springs in Beppu”.
The first “hell” we entered was Shiraike Jigoku. Here, we bought 2000 yen tickets which can be used to enter all the Jigoku. They came with a map which shows the directions to each Jigoku as well as a piece of blank circles where we can put the stamps provided in each Jigoku.
After that, we went to Oniyama Jigoku, Kamado Jigoku, Yama Jigoku, Oniishibouzu Jigoku, and my favorite: Umi Jigoku. Even though they are all called Jigoku and located in the same area, these “hells” have distinct characters. Yama Jihoku, for example, looks more like a zoo with flamencos and elephants. Oniyama Jigaku, on the other hand, is a habitat for Malaysian crocodiles. Interesting, right?
The time was almost late when we realized that we had 2 more “hells” to go. According to the map, they are separated by the other “hells”, but seem reachable by walking. Only after going through hills and ravines (like, literally!) for almost half an hour that we realized “go there by bus” was written on the map.
Alhamdulillah we could reach the two “hells”: Chinoike Jigoku and Tatsumaki Jigoku. Well, five minutes before they close. Both are so beautiful and unique–if only we had more time to enjoy them. Anyhow, we managed to get all Eight stamps!!! Woohoo! Feelomg super tired but satisfied, we treated ourselves with parfait at Princess Kitty, a small cafe near Beppu Station.
Part II coming soon!