Mount Tsurumi (ߌx, Tsurumidake) is a 1375 meter high mountain that overlooks Beppu. The mountain is accessible via the Beppu Ropeway which takes visitors nearly 800 meters up the steep slopes to a small park near the summit. The park offers multiple observation decks with panoramic views of Beppu and Oita City, Mount Yufu and as far as the Kuju Mountains when visibility is good.

The small park is covered by a network of walking paths that lead to the various nearby viewpoints. The actual summit of Mount Tsurumi can be reached in a 15 minute walk from the upper ropeway station. More demanding hiking trails connect Mount Tsurumi to the surrounding mountain peaks. It is also possible to bypass the ropeway and climb up the entire mountain in about two hours via a hiking trail that starts at the lower ropeway station.

The scenery around Mount Tsurumi changes with the seasons. In early to mid April, over 2000 cherry trees bloom around the ropeway's lower station, turning the area into one of Beppu's most popular hanami spots. Rhododendrons color the mountain slopes typically from mid May to early June.

Fall colors start appearing around the summit in early October and slowly make their way down the mountain over the course of five or six weeks. In winter, hoarfrost covers the trees and bushes around the summit in a delicate, crystalline coat of ice. The hoarfrost typically appears between December and mid March.

Getting there and around

The lower station of the Beppu Ropeway is located along the regular road that connects Beppu with Yufuin. It can be reached by bus number 36 in about 20 minutes from Beppu Station (440 one way, 1-2 buses per hour).

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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 Hatto Onyado Nono Beppu
      Mid-range
      Set within 20 km of Oita Bank Dome and 12 km of Oita Station, Beppu Hatto Onyado Nono Beppu offers rooms in Beppu. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, each room has a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Beppu Hatto Onyado Nono Beppu every room includes bed linen and towels. Speaking English and Japanese at the reception, staff will be happy to provide guests with practical information on the area. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Beppu Station, Beppu Art Museum and Beppu Tower. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 38 km from Beppu Hatto Onyado Nono Beppu.
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    • AMANE resort GAHAMA
      Luxury
      AMANE resort GAHAMA features a hot spring bath and free private parking, and is within 24 km of Oita Bank Dome and 4.4 km of Beppu Station. 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 with 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. 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 Station is 16 km from the ryokan, while Kinrinko Lake is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 33 km from AMANE resort GAHAMA.
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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, 25 km from Oita Bank Dome, GALLERIA MIDOBARU offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a restaurant and a bar. This 4-star hotel offers room service, free shuttle service and free WiFi. All rooms have a balcony with views of the city. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with 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. The accommodation offers a buffet or Italian breakfast. 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. Beppu Station is 5.1 km from GALLERIA MIDOBARU, while Oita Station is 17 km away. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.
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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 Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA
      Budget-friendly
      Providing city views, Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA is located in the Kannawa Onsen district of Beppu, 26 km from Oita Bank Dome and 5.5 km from Beppu Station. 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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    • AMANEK Beppu YULARE
      Luxury
      AMANEK Beppu YULARE has a shared lounge, terrace, a restaurant and bar in Beppu. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is non-smoking and is situated 20 km from Oita Bank Dome. The resort will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At AMANEK Beppu YULARE the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests can relax in the wellness area, including a fitness centre, a sauna and a hot tub, or in the garden. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Beppu Station, Beppu Art Museum and Beppu Tower. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 38 km from AMANEK Beppu YULARE.
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    • Beppu Nagomitsuki
      Mid-range
      Beppu Nagomitsuki in Beppu provides adults-only accommodation with an open-air bath and a garden. 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 garden views. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned units with 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. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. 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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