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Visit Oita's Beppu Onsen! Access, The Best Hot Springs, And More!

Visit Oita's Beppu Onsen! Access, The Best Hot Springs, And More!

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Beppu Onsen is a hot spring area located in Oita prefecture. It is also known as the Beppu Hachiyu and is a group of eight hot springs. Learn more about one of Japan's best hot spring heavens!

Translated by Jasmine Nishino

Written by みるくりん

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Beppu Onsen - Some of the Best Hot Springs in Japan

Beppu Onsen is a hot spring in Oita prefecture , located in the Kyushu area. It is also often called Beppu Hachiyu, a name which people use to refer to its eight major hot spring areas. While touring around Beppu city, you will notice steam rising from various hot spring facilities located throughout the area.

Aside from hot spring baths, you can also enjoy sand baths, steam baths, and mud baths as well. Beppu Onsen has a long history and has even been found in documents that were written in the early eighth century. Beppu Onsen is a widely known as one of the top three largest hot springs in Japan.

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The Most Hot Spring Sources in Japan! Onsen Hop in Beppu

Hot spring quality varies based on the content and substances in the water. Hot springs are separated into ten different types so trying out the various hot springs in Japan is part of the fun of onsen hopping.

However, you can check out seven out of the ten different types of springs in just Beppu alone. By visiting Beppu, you can experience most of Japan's hot springs right here!

Not to mention, the amount of water and the sources of hot springs ranks number one in Japan! Beppu is considered to be one of the top level hot spring spots in the nation.

In Beppu, hashigo-yu or going onsen hopping, to the various hot springs is very popular. Hashigo is a term used when you visit various stores one after another.

For instance, after visiting the Myoban Onsen that is known to have a cleansing effect, you can visit the Kannawa Onsen which is said to hydrate your skin. Why not hop around the various hot springs to get the most out of your experience? Out of the many hot springs in Japan, you can experience this level of onsen hopping only in Beppu!

How to Get to Beppu Onsen

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Going From Osaka

By Train

From JR Shin-Osaka Station, get on the Nozomi shinkansen or the Sakura shinkansen and get off at Ogura Station. From there, transfer to the Limited Express Sonic (Japanese) and go to Beppu Station. It takes around three hours and 30 minutes and costs 16,140 yen. Please note that depending on transfers, your travel time may vary.

You can use this service to check the possible transfers for Oita.

By Boat

From Osaka Nanko Port, you can get on the Ferry Sunflower (Japanese) and go on an overnight cruise to Beppu Kanko-ko Port. A standard room is 14,100 yen one way, however, prices may vary based on the rooms.

Going From Tokyo

By Plane
From Haneda or Narita airport, it takes around an hour and 30 minutes to reach Oita Airport. The prices vary according to date and airline company. From the airport, take the airliner (airport express bus) to Beppu Kitahama. It takes around 50 minutes and costs 1500 yen.

By Bullet Train
Get on the Nozomi shinkansen from Tokyo Station and get off at Ogura Station. From there, transfer to the Limited Express Sonic (Japanese) and go to Beppu Station. It takes around 6 hours and costs 23,580 yen. Please note that depending on transfers, your travel time may vary.

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