Beppu

Although there’s not much to be said for the town of Beppu, the area is one of Japan’s oldest hot springs resorts, and has long been famous for its onsen baths as well as its steamier “hells.” Columns of steam rise up throughout the town – Beppu is one of the world’s most active geothermic regions, with over 3000 thermal springs.

The area’s jigoku, or “hells,” are breathtaking: hot, multi-coloured pools, geysers and bubbling mud surrounded by beautifully lush botanical gardens make Beppu well worth the visit.