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The "hells" (地獄, jigoku) of Beppu are seven spectacular hot springs for viewing rather than bathing, displaying steaming ponds of various colors, bubbling mud pools and other hydrothermal activity.

The hells are presented to visitors in a rather touristy fashion which may not appeal to everybody.

Five of the seven hells are located in the Kannawa district, and two in the more remote Shibaseki district.

Kannawa District

Umi Jigoku

Oniishibozu Jigoku

Shiraike Jigoku

Kamado Jigoku

Oniyama Jigoku

Shibaseki District

Chinoike Jigoku

Tatsumaki Jigoku

Getting there and around

The five hells in the Kannawa district can be easily accessed by frequently departing buses from JR Beppu Station in about 15 minutes. Bus number 5 and 7 are the fastest. Get off at Kannawa bus terminal, from where the hells can be reached on foot.

Bus number 16/16A runs twice per hour from Kannawa to Shibaseki (5 minutes) where the remaining two hells are located. The bus then continues via Kamegawa Station to Beppu Station (40 minutes). Bus number 26/26A runs in the opposite direction of bus number 16/16A.

Beppu is also easily explored by rental car. Free parking is provided at all the hells.

How to get to and around Beppu

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Hotels around Beppu

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    • Yamada Bessou
      Mid-range
      Within a 10-minute walk from Beppu Station. Free WiFi is available. Surrounded by greenery, air-conditioned rooms have a seating area with large windows and garden views. They have tatami-mat flooring and Japanese futon bedding. Female guests can choose their yukata robe to wear in the room. Guests can reserve an outdoor hot spring bath for private use, or relax in the public indoor bath available 24 hours a day. Massage treatments can be arranged. The hotel offers free parking. Yamada Bessou serves a Japanese breakfast, with only fresh seasonal ingredients. Free coffee is offered at the lobby. Yamada Bessou Ryokan is a 10-minute walk from the Takegawa Onsen hot spring area, and a 45-minute drive from Oita Airport. Beppu Station offers a 25-minute bus to Kannawa Onsen hot spring area.
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    • BEPPU HOSTEL U&T
      Budget-friendly
      250 metres from Beppu Tower, BEPPU HOSTEL U&T is set in Beppu and features a garden and a terrace. The property is close to Beppu Park, B-Con Plaza and Beppu Art Museum. The property is 3.1 km from Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center. The private bathroom is equipped with a bidet. Beppu Rakutenchi is 3.6 km from the guest house. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 39 km from BEPPU HOSTEL U&T.
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    • AMANE resort SEIKAI
      Luxury
      Boasting luxurious guest rooms with open-air hot spring bath overlooking the ocean, AMANE resort SEIKAI is a 7-minute walk from JR Beppu Daigaku Station. It features spacious public hot spring baths and a spa salon. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the public area, and parking is available at no charge. Fitted with dark wooden flooring and chic furnishings, each spacious room offers great ocean views. Guests can unwind on comfortable sofas or tatami (woven-straw) mats, and watch Blu-ray movies on a flat-screen TV. The Seikai provides large public baths and hot tubs on the ground floor and top floor. Spa Sheer Pearl offers ultimate relaxation with delicate massages and treatments. A gift shop and drink vending machines are available on site, and luggage can be stored at the 24-hour front desk for free. JR Beppu Station is a 15-minute drive and Oita Airport is a 40-minute drive from the property. Beppu Jigoku-meguri hot springs are within a 15-minute drive. Umitamago Aquarium is a 30-minute drive away. Gen serves traditional Japanese cuisine using seasonal and local ingredients. Eitaro restaurant offers various fresh seafood meals, while Japanese-Western fusion dishes can be enjoyed at Ban-ya.
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    • GALLERIA MIDOBARU
      Luxury
      Set in Beppu, 18 km from Yufuin Motorcycle Museum, GALLERIA MIDOBARU offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a restaurant and a bar. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers room service and free shuttle service. All rooms have a balcony with views of the city. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace and a private bathroom with a bidet. At GALLERIA MIDOBARU all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. An American breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. At GALLERIA MIDOBARU guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot spring bath. Guests at the hotel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Beppu, like cycling. Oita Bank Dome is 25 km from GALLERIA MIDOBARU, while Beppu Station is 5.1 km away. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.
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    • AMANE resort GAHAMA
      Luxury
      Situated in Beppu in the Oita region with Oita Fragrance Museum nearby, AMANE resort GAHAMA features accommodation with free private parking, as well as access to a hot spring bath. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a lift and full-day security, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The ryokan has family rooms. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned units offering a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace and a private bathroom with a bidet. The ryokan offers some units with sea views, and units are fitted with a balcony. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at the ryokan. A bar can be found on-site. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. Guests can also relax in the garden. Oita Bank Dome is 24 km from AMANE resort GAHAMA, while Yufuin Motorcycle Museum is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 33 km from the accommodation.
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    • Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA
      Budget-friendly
      Providing city views, Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA is located in the Kannawa Onsen district of Beppu, 22 km from Yufuin Motorcycle Museum and 26 km from Oita Bank Dome. Featuring a shared lounge, the 2-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the ryokan, every unit is equipped with a tatami. At the ryokan, the units are equipped with bed linen and towels. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. Popular points of interest near the ryokan include Oita Fragrance Museum, Yukemori Observatory and Yama Jigoku. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 35 km from Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA.
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    • Kannawaen
      Luxury
      Kannawaen is an entirely non-smoking accommodation that features a garden, terrace and bar in Beppu. 100 metres from Hells of Beppu, the property is also 500 metres away from Jigokumushikobo Kannawa. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service for guests. There is an designated smoking area on site. All guest rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with free toiletries, while certain rooms will provide you with mountain views. All units will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. A continental breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. There is an on-site restaurant, which serves a variety of Asian dishes. The property has a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near Kannawaen include Hyotan Onsen, Yukemori Observatory and Oita Fragrance Museum. Oita Airport is 31 km away.
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    • Beppu Nagomitsuki
      Mid-range
      Featuring an open-air bath and views of garden, Beppu Nagomitsuki is a sustainable ryokan located in Beppu, 24 km from Yufuin Motorcycle Museum. There is an on-site restaurant, plus free private parking and free WiFi are available. Guests can use the hot spring bath and the public bath, or enjoy inner courtyard views. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned units offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At the ryokan, all units are allergy-free. A selection of options including warm dishes, local specialities and juice is served for breakfast. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. Guests can relax in the garden at the property. Oita Bank Dome is 24 km from the ryokan, while Beppu Station is 4.8 km away. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 33 km from Beppu Nagomitsuki.
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    • Ryotei Matsubaya
      Luxury
      Boasting various natural hot spring baths and delicately prepared lavish Japanese meals, Ryotei Matsubaya offers chic guestrooms with Japanese aesthetic and a relaxing ambience. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. The ryokan offers both Western-style rooms with wood-flooring and Japanese-style rooms fitted with traditional futon bedding. Each air-conditioned room comes with a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Some rooms feature an en suite bathroom. Matsubaya Ryotei offers free luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Some hot spring baths are available for private use. Massages can be arranged at an additional charge, and guests can request a car rental to explore the local area. A gift shop and drinks vending machines are available on site. JR Beppu Station is a 7-minute drive or taxi ride away, and Beppu Ropeway Station is a 15-minute drive from the property. Jigoku-meguri Hot Springs can be reached within a 15-minute drive, while Umitamago Aquarium is a 20-minute drive away. Featuring seasonal ingredients, Japanese multi-course meals are served at the spacious dining room.
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    • Beppu Showaen
      Luxury
      Boasting in-room hot spring baths and seasonal gourmet Japanese multi-course meals, Beppu Showaen provides chic Japanese-style individual house accommodation. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the public area, and parking in available for free. Fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding, spacious houses feature a low table and seating cushions. A flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with tea bags are also provided. Each house comes with an in-room hot spring bath or an open-air bath. The rooms are also provided with local beer and natural water. Special amenities for men and women are provided. See 'Important Information' for details. While staying at the Showaen, guests can request massages or purchase souvenirs from the on-site gift shop. Guests can reserve a spacious hot spring bath for private use at time of check-in, and complimentary green tea is served in the lobby. The property is an 8-minute drive from JR Beppu Station, and free shuttles are available from the station when requested at least 1 day in advance. Rakutenchi amusement park is a 3-minute walk and a 5-minute lift ride away. Fresh seafood and local ingredients are featured in Japanese multi-course meals, which are served in the guestroom with a Nakai (personal attendant) service. Special meal requests can be accommodated.
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