Beppu is located in the central part of Oita, on
the coast of Beppu Bay faces the sea, with Mt.
and the rest of the Tsurumi Volcanoes
the rear. Hot water gushes at many spots in the
city. Beppu ranks first in gush volume in Japan
and is in a high place in the world in the number
of sources and the variety of chemical properties.
The Beppu-onsen Spa consists of eight hot spring
areas including Hamawaki, Beppu, Kankaiji, Myoban
and Kannawa, which are collectively called "Beppu
Hatto". In addition, there are many modern spa
resorts also supplied from the rich sources in
The Tour of Hell along a
path in the Kannawa area is the highlight of
sightseeing in the Beppu Spa. Eight spots
including the Umi-jigoku (sea hell) made up of
bright cobalt blue hot water, the Chi-no-ike-
jigoku (blood pond hell) where hot water
containing red melted clay gushes out and the
Tatsumaki-jigoku (tornado hell), a geyser, are
usually on the itinerary of the tour.
On the outskirts of Beppu are comfortable resort
areas with many leisure activity facilities such
as the Takasaki Shizen-dobutsu-en(Mt. Takasaki
Monkey Land Natural Park) featuring a specifies of
monkey native of Japan designated as a Natural
Monument and Lake Shidaka-ko amid Mt. Tsurumi-
dake, Mt. Yufu-dake and other mountains.