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Jul 26, 2018 - Beppu & The Doo Wop

Beppu was to be the ferry embarkation port for journey from Kyushu to Shikoku. Hiking Mt. Ishizuchi was a focal point of Shikoku, before venturing eastward to Naoshima. The area around Ishizuchi is quite rural; not a lot of sleeping accommodations. Unfortunately we were unable to find a reasonably priced room within 50km of the hiking start point, and from that distance getting to & from the start point would require 3 hours of train/bus commute. Logistically it was just not reasonably feasible. So, change of plans. Instead of Beppu to...

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Nov 22, 2017 - Beppu and Yufuin

Beppu & Yufuin Wed 22nd Nov. 7-15°C, cloudy and frequent rain. Took the blue Sonic tilt train from Hakata to Beppu. Moves along quite well, especially into the curves. Showing signs of use, but well appointed and comfortable. Great metallic colour scheme. At Kokura the train reverses direction, so you have to turn your seats around. There are a few seaside views after Kokura then pleasant scenery from Nakasu, with autumn colours coming out all over the mountains. Beppu Onsen. I know because of the sulphur smell immediately after stepping...

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May 12, 2014 - Beppu, Japan

Pete checked in from Beppu where he spent a very rainy day. Beppu is situated between the mountains and the sea and is famous for its hot springs. Pete did not have time to visit the hot springs and was not overly impressed with the Beppu port but his opinion may have been affected by the miserable weather. This will be his only visit to Beppu during this cruise contract but he still has many other visits to ports in Japan.

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Nov 20, 2013 - Beppu Hot Springs

I am sitting here in my Yukuta, on the cushion with my feet spread out under the table. Mark is stretched out on the tatami mats resting ('cos the futon is still in the cupboard!). We've just had our first onsen after arriving in Beppu on the east coast of Kyushu - a private one which was nice because we could go in together. We do feel like we've thrown ourselves in at the deep end! It makes me think about the people who visited these countries all those years ago before guide books and some English speaking made it a bit easier. Not that...

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Apr 22, 2010 - Fire Bombs and A-Bombs

I look up, it is hardly possible to separate the patchy cloudy sky from its reflection in the shiny black marble of the column that indicates Ground Zero, up there at 469 metres altitude on August 9th 1945 at 11:02 the 2nd atomic bomb exploded. The blinding flash and the 4000° heat wave ended the lives of some 40.000 people in Nagasaki instantly, WWII 6 days later, but the debate about the ethics of nuclear weapons in general and their use against Japan in particular, has never stopped. A few tourists, individually or in groups, visit the...

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Apr 19, 2010 - Hells and Buddhas

“Hai”, behind the open counter the attendant quickly bows his head, poised to be of service, “I would like a ticket to Beppu”, “Hai”, the head again, “With the first train possible”. “Hai”, and I hand him my Japan Rail Pass that I just got in exchange for my voucher at the service desk next door. “Hai”, his fingers begin to play piano on his touch screen. The Nagasaki railway station is a lot smaller than the one in Fukuoka, where all 8 windows would be open. Waiting there in the single file (no taking-the-‘wrong‘-queue) I watched. As soon...

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Jul 14, 2008 - Beppu

Al dia siguiente tome un tren a Beppu, un centro famoso de "onsen" (hot springs) en Japon. Fui al mas antiguo, que resulto siendo poco mas que una piscinita enana, y ya despues no quise ir a otro porque quedaban lejos. En el camino pase por el 'red light district'. Habia sitios muy obvios que ponian sus precios en avisos luminosos afuera y hasta con dibujos de 'anime japones' en la publicidad! Ver fotos...

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Mar 21, 2008 - Hyuga to Beppu

OK, we decided to be daring and take an unplanned route through the mountains. We were going to go around the coastline on a four day trek. By going through the mountains we could shave 2 days off our planned route. It worked out. After an early start Rocky couldn't seem to get a good pace going, plagued by many unplanned stops. Patty and Cheryl were already 20 miles ahead of Yuki and Rocky, we would never catch up. It was a steady climb but we all made the 41 mile journey. The next morning we woke up to 32 degree temperatures. It felt like...

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Nov 9, 2007 - Beppu, location of the 8 Hells

Beppu was a pretty light hearted place. We went to the hot springs are which is a series of 8 hot spring 'Gardens' most with an additional area to actually go and have a soak. We went to two of the areas to look around the gardens which were very nice. One was the hot water, at about 60 degrees and one was the hot mud at about 80 degrees. It was fun and relaxing just chilling out. We then went for a quick visit to see where they make the hot spring powder by extracting the minerals from the water. This was a short visit and more an excuse...

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Aug 6, 2006 - Beppu

I took the bullet train ('shinkansen') to a town called Beppu on the island of Kyushu. This seaside town is somewhat of a resort in that it has lots of springs where steaming hot water shoots out of the earth. Geologists probably have some sort of name for this, but when you're in Japan and you hang out in these pools with other guys who are mostly very nude, you call them 'onsen'. Onsen are a ritual in Japan and this town has so many of them, that if you climb up a nearby hillside, you can see a landscape dotted with steam vents all over...

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Ring of Fire Tour

Oct 16, 2005 - Beppu - Mud, Sand and Nudity

B: We arrived to a beautiful day in Beppu. After lugging our heavy backpacks up the hill for 15 minutes to the hostel, we were in need of some relaxation. Beppu is second only to Yellowstone in the volume of hot water which spews forth from the ground. There is so much of it that everyone in the town uses it to heat their homes. We caught the bus up to the onsen and signed ourselves up for the outdoor mudbaths. Much to K's distress (and my amusement), this was mixed and naked. Fortunately for you viewers of this site, cameras were not...

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