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[Beppu] What is "Space Beppu" that suddenly appeared in the Minami area?

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If you are visiting Beppu for sightseeing and want to have a local experience that only a few in the know know about, the Minami area is perfect for you. In this article, we will introduce you to Space Beppu, the tourist base of the area.

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What is Space Beppu?

A community space utilizing an old house that is over 100 years old

Space Beppu was born in Chiyomachi, Beppu City in April 2023.

"Without discrimination or prejudice based on race, gender, position, etc., and with an open-minded heart and ideas, everyone can live and challenge themselves as they are."

Space Beppu upholds this concept and provides a community space that locals and tourists can feel free to visit.

Space Beppu's Initiatives

1st floor: General goods shop

As soon as you enter the store, you will be greeted by a wide variety of goods. We sell accessories carefully crafted by local artists, bamboo products unique to Beppu, and child-friendly goods imported from Europe.

Accessories made from sea glass (Instagram: @rurimoharimo_)<br>
Accessories made from sea glass (Instagram: @rurimoharimo_)
Space Beppu original products<br>
Space Beppu original products

2nd floor Challenge Space (rental space)

This is a space based in Beppu that supports people who take on challenges.

There are currently two exhibitions on display. Admission is free.

・Art Gallery / Chie Higashi:

A Beppu-based artist, he graduated from a Masters in Fine Art in the UK. His paintings express his own experiences and thoughts through layers of colour and motifs.

・Bep History Room / Kenyu Enjyouji (Instagram: @kenyu_enjyouji ):

Currently enrolled in a doctoral program in the Department of History and Cultural Heritage Studies (Archives) at the Graduate School of Letters, Beppu University. Exhibiting the former appearance of the area around Space Beppu using valuable photographs.

2nd floor Book cafe

This is a space where you can enjoy working or reading for 500 yen a day (including one drink). Wi-Fi and power outlets are also available for free use. We welcome both locals and tourists. We hope that the Book Cafe will be an opportunity for communication between people who happen to meet each other.

English class

In fact, English ability is necessary when communicating with people from overseas.

Space Beppu also offers "Eigo Space, English conversation for adults." At Eigo Space, taught by Francis, the owner from the UK, you can learn the English you really need for everyday life. We offer group sessions and private lessons, so if you're interested, please come and join us!

Details: Eigo Space for adults (Space Beppu official website) , Instagram ( @eigo_space_beppu )

Activities for tourists visiting Japan

Space Beppu offers a variety of activities for visitors from overseas.

Calligraphy classes for beginners<br>
Calligraphy classes for beginners
Minami Area Walking Tour<br>
Minami Area Walking Tour

・Minami area walking tour

・Calligraphy classes for beginners

・Cooking class to make local dish "Dango-jiru"

・Enjoy a tea ceremony with a teacher dressed in a kimono, etc.

Through a variety of activities, we provide opportunities for tourists visiting Japan to experience traditional Japanese culture and everyday life.

Details: Space Beppu Activities List (TripAdvisor)

How to access Space Beppu

1. Exit Beppu Station East Exit (Sea side)

2. When you see a Lawson store on your right, turn right and go straight on Yayoi Tengu Street.

3. Walk for about 10 minutes and when you see a restaurant called "Toraya", turn left

4. After about a minute you will see Space Beppu on your right!

Finally

What did you think? Space Beppu aims to connect local people and tourists and revitalize the Minami area.

I hope that through this article, you will become interested in Space Beppu.

We look forward to seeing you! Please feel free to stop by.

12-9 Chiyomachi, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, 874-0942, Japan. 12 minutes walk from JR Beppu Station. 4 parking spaces available.

Business hours: 11:00-17:00 Closed: Irregular holidays

・TEL: 0977-75-9566

・Email: info@glidejapan.co.jp

・Instagram @space_beppu

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A community space located within a century-old Japanese house, comprising art & photo galleries, a book cafe and a gift shop specializing in local, eco-friendly products. We offer classes in Japanese cooking and calligraphy, as well as tea ceremony sessions and guided walking tours around the local area. We operate as a 'safe space' - an anti-discrimination zone where all are welcome.

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