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Beppu is located in Oita Prefecture and has more than 2,500 hot springs. These hot springs hold the most water out of all the hot springs in the country. In addition to the hot springs, there is also a landscape called “Eight Hells”. It is smoggy all year round, just like “purgatory” as it's described in several major religions. The "Eight Hells" are known as the Sea Hell, Main Stone Archway Hell, Mountain Hell, Salt Works Hell, Ghost Mountain Hell, White Pool Hell, Blood Pool Hell, Dragon Scroll Hell. Each of the “Eight Hells” has its own characteristics. For example, the spring water in the Blood Pool Hell is blood red as its name suggests. You can also hear a huge roar emanating from it, as if from the rapids of hell. The blood pool ointment made from this hot spring's red clay can treat athlete's foot.
Takegawara Hot Spring, Address:16-23, Motomachi, Beppu, Oita
Kurokawa Onsen is located in the northern part of Mount Aso and and is deep inside a forest. Because there is no access to the JR there, it is known as Kyushu, the secret hot spring town. Kurokawa is known for its many open-air hot springs and its well-preserved rural scenery. It has been ranked among the top three hottest hot springs in Japan for many years and has won two stars in the 2009 Michelin Green Travel Guide. As soon as you enter the Kurokawa Onsen, it feels like stepping back in time, as if you've somehow traveled into a medieval town. On the high and low undulating slopes, all of the buildings have an ancient, wooden Edo-period architecture. Every now and again, hot steam wafts over the hot springs, which comes from the 80 ℃ hot springs. Local residents use it to make baths and soups. Visitors can buy a handmade soup card, and choose 3 hot-spring soups to try.
Yufuin is located in Oita Prefecture, and is also known as Yunotsubo. It is the most popular hot spring place in Kyushu. Unique and elegant hot spring hotel, charming Yunotsubo Kaido hot spring street, and Lake Kinrin in the morning, are all things that make people forget about going back home. Therefore, Yufuin is usually ranked among the top three “most popular hot springs” in Japan. Yufuin has green hills and green water. It is a good place to travel and shop. However, its greatest feature is its hot springs. It is recommended to stay here for one night and experience Japan's "one berth, two meals" hot spring culture. In most of the hot spring hotels in Yufuin, you can enjoy a mountain view of Mount Yufu. Owing to its high terrain, it is common to see snow falling when you are in the open-air hot springs in the morning, which is really romantic.
Located in Nagasaki, Unzen Hot Spring has been a famous summer resort and spa resort since the Meiji Period. It also won the reward for being “one of the top five hot springs in Japan”. The biggest highlight here is the Unzen Hell Hot Spring. Among them, the “Roaring Hell” is the most popular. When people see the spectacular scenery of the hot spring water spraying into the air, it causes them to cry out in amazement, which is where the hot spring got its name. The high temperature springs have a temperature of up to 100 ℃ and are not suitable for bathing in! There are also many hot spring hotels that offer accommodation or a bathing services. Moreover, the hot springs in this zone are strongly acidic, have a strong anti-bacterial effect, and have certain curative effects on skin diseases, chronic rheumatism, and neuralgia.
Kirishima Onsen, a 30-minute drive from Kagoshima Airport, is the number one hot spring town in the area. Due to the inconvenient public transportation, there are not many tourists here, making it a very quiet location. You will be welcomed here by friendly Japanese tourists that drove there themselves. When talking about Kirishima, the place's long-standing legend must be mentioned, whereby Qiongqiong Chuzun, the son of the gods, landed on Qiansui Peak at Kirishima. The Kirishima Shrine is dedicated to this god, and every year a solemn worship ceremony is held here. There is also a romantic story behind the Green Creek Soup Garden, which is the most famous wild hot spring in Kirishima. At the end of the Shogunate, in order to treat his left hand that was injured in Kyoto, the patriot Ryoma Sakamoto was told by Saigo Takamori to go to the Rongzhiwei Hot Spring in Kirishima with his newlywed wife, Miyazaki. That place later became the Green Creek Soup Garden which is still there today. This location is often the starting point of Japanese couples' honeymoon trips, and the big river drama “Ryoumaden”, starring Fukuyama Masaharu, also shot several scenes here.
Ibusuki is located at the southernmost tip of Kyushu. The seaside sand hot spring is a major feature here. While lying on a beach in a bathrobe, the staff will cover your body in warm sand. You can then feel the heat of the geothermal steam passing through the fine sand and listen to the waves out at sea. After 10-15 minutes, you will be sweating all over. It is said that this is quite an effective treatment for neuralgia and the chills. When enjoying the seaside sand hot springs, you can bring your phone and camera with you. When you are "buried alive", the staff will be happy to help you take photos from all angles. After you have finished, you can take a dip in a hot spring to improve your blood circulation. A specialty store is located opposite the sand-steaming baths. Delicious ice cream can be bought there. There are also some special souvenirs and pickled foods for sale.