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Regions of Japan

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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Bubbling hot spring pools and spouting geysers in Kyushu's premier onsen resorts

Beppu, the largest hot spring resort in western Japan, and nearby Yufuin offer bathing and sightseeing spots as well as easy access to lakes and mountains. With a colorful history and incredibly rare natural sites, a visit to these onsen hideaways is nothing short of unforgettable.

Don't Miss

  • A wealth of unusual hot springs, known to boost well-being
  • The local "Eight Hells" that release hot water, steam and gas
  • The untouched beauty of Aso Kuju National Park
  • Impressively crafted, traditional bamboo goods

How to Get There

Beppu can be reached in less than two hours from Tokyo Haneda, Osaka Itami and Nagoya Chubu airports via Oita Airport and local transport. Yufuin is a short distance from Beppu by rail.

From Oita Airport, Beppu is a 45-minute bus ride to the city. Shinkansen services connect Beppu with Tokyo in less than seven hours, Shin-Osaka in less than four hours and Hakata in two hours.

Soak in some of the best onsen hot springs in the world

With eight major hot spring areas boasting some 3,000 vents, Beppu has more springs than you could possibly visit. Offering a multitude of indoor and outdoor baths with unique water properties, there's something for everyone.

The ultimate in relaxation

Try soaking in Kamegawa Onsen or Kankaji Onsen, which are surrounded by lush scenery. After your bath, don a yukata and explore the historic streets of Hamawaki onsen town. Yufuin combines scenic onsen hot springs with cultural spots such as museums and art galleries along with quaint boutiques and cafes.

Visit Beppu's hell on earth

Though not suitable for bathing, a tour through Beppu's ‘Eight Hells' is a feast for the five senses. The renowned spring waters reach temperatures of approximately 98 degrees Celsius and range in color from cobalt blue to blood red.

Hell highlights

Visit the Tatsumaki (tornado) Hell, which has one of the most active geysers in the world, or try cooking rice using steam from the Kamago (cooking stove) Hell.

Explore peaceful lakes

Head to Lake Shidakako or Lake Kinrinko to hike on scenic paths, enjoy bird watching, boating or simply take in the view.

Located in Aso Kuju National Park, Lake Shidakako is known as one of the most beautiful spots in the area, while Lake Kinrinko has both cold and hot springs welling up from underground. During autumn and winter mornings, consider a trip to Lake Kinrinko to take in the serene, misty landscape.

Learn the art of bamboo crafts

First mentioned in Japan's oldest known chronicles, Beppu's bamboo crafts are designated as a Traditional Arts and Craft by the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry. The city's Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center is home to a wealth of stunning local craftsmanship, from daily utensils to contemporary furniture.

Find out more about the history of the crafts, try your hand at traditional artisanal techniques, or visit the gift shop for unique souvenirs.

Yufuin Station, Yufuin Station Art Hall

Built in 1990, Yufuin Station is a station like no other. Try the footbath near platform one. Towels are provided. The Art Hall functions as a meeting area as well as an art gallery.

Horse carriages and British classic cars depart from the station. The tourist information center serves your travel needs and also offers bicycles for rent. The roads to Lake Kinrinko are optimal for cycling.

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