Japanese demon carving embedded in rock with an offering to appeasement. This photo was taken while touring the famous 8 “hells” hot springs in Beppu. Beppu is located on the island of Kyushu and is world famous for it’s geothermal hot springs.
Beppu (別府市 Beppu-shi) is a city located in Ōita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan, at the west end of Beppu Bay. In November 2013 the city had a population of 122,085 and a population density of 976 persons per km². The total area is 125.13 km2 (48.31 sq mi). Beppu is famous for its hot springs.
Beppu is situated between the sea and the mountains. The city was founded on April 1, 1924, and is famous for its onsen (hot springs). It has eight major geothermal hot spots, sometimes referred to as the “eight hells of Beppu”. Six of these are located in the Kannawa district, and two in the more remote Shibaseki district. Beppu is also divided into eight major hot spring areas known as Beppu Hattō (別府八湯).
Beppu Hattō hot spring areas
- Beppu Onsen
In addition, Oniyama Jigoku, known as “monster mountain hell” for the large numbers of crocodiles bred and kept on the grounds surrounding this hot spring, is nearby.