Beppu (別府)

Best way to Travel Kumamoto-Beppu (City of Spa and Hot Spring)

Beppu (city of hot-springs)

Beppu (city of hot-springs)

Beppu (別府) is located in southern part of Kyushu Island, Japan. The city is well known for  Spas, Resorts and Natural Hot springs are a treat to visitors! If you are in Kumamoto and planning to visit Beppu, then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Beppu from Kumamoto.

How to get in: Public Transport

Kumamoto-Beppu Bus

There are various ways to go to Beppu from Kyushu, like Fukuoka, Kumamoto.  Here I am going to tell you “how to access from Kumamoto-Beppu”?

Express Bus: Time-table :

There is only “Kyushu Odan Bus (九州横断バス)” that connect Kumamoto-Beppu. You can ride the bus from Kumamoto Sta. The one-way trip between Kumamoto to Beppu takes around 5 hours (cost 4500 Yen) in the lap of nature. For online booking Click

Tourist may choose a window seat and just feel the breathtaking Nature from Aso Sta. to Beppu. What a romantic sight!

Way to Beppu

Way to Beppu

Bus Route-Stops :

Kumamoto-Yufuin-Beppu Route and Stops

The Kyushu Odan Bus depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Airport, Aso Sta. Kurokawa and Yufuin. Here is a list of Bus-stops. More details Click..

Kumamoto-Kurokawa-Yufuin-Beppu Route and Stops

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Sta.

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Kotsu Center

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Airport

⇨ Depart from Aso Sta. 

⇨ Arrive at Beppu Sta

Beppu Station

Beppu Station

Bus Fare:

  • Kumamoto – Beppu: 4,500 Yen / Person
  • Aso Kumamoto Airport – Beppu: 4,500 Yen / Person
  • Aso Sta. – Beppu: 3,700 Yen / Person

Sightseeing Spots:

This city has most hot-springs than any other city of Japan. Takegawara Hot-spring here is the first hot-spring founded in 1879, later re-constructed in 1938.  Apart from hot-springs, there are Rope-way, Sand Bath, Beppu Park, Onsen Food and more.

Hot-spring (温泉):

Beppu is full of natural hot springs, resorts that attract visitors. It has a variety of pools including an indoor bath, a wooden tub, outdoor bath with amazing view of Sun-set, nature.

Hells of Beppu:

Hells of Beppu

Hells of Beppu

Hells of Beppu are 8 natural hot-springs all known for their particular uniqueness and all of them have wonderful views of nature. More details Click..

The names of Hells of Beppu are;

  • Umi Jigoku is known as SEA HELL, it’s a turquoise blue color hot-spring.
  • Chi-no-ike Jigoku is known as Blood Pond Hell, it’s a red color hot-spring.
  • Tatsumaki Jigoku is known as Spout Hell, it’s a hot geyser type hot-spring.
  • Shira-ike Jigoku is known as White Pond Hell, it’s a white bluish hot-spring.
  • Oniishi-bozu Jigoku is known as Oniishi Mud Hell.
  • Yama Jigoku is known as Mountain Hell, it’s famous for animal attraction.
  • Oniyama Jigoku is known as Monster Hell, it’s a home for crocodiles.
  • Kamado Jigoku is known as Cooking Pot Hell, the most delicious snacks can be found here.

Beppu Beach Sand Bath:

Sand Bath

Sand Bath

Beppu tour is not completed without experiencing the sand bath. Most of the hotels and resorts offer hot sand bath. So, don’t forget to try it.

Mount Trumi:

Rppe-way 別府ロープウェイ

Rppe-way 別府ロープウェイ

OMG! What a thrilling experience, to stand at a height of 1,375 meters. The hill of Mt. Tsurumi offers a stunning view of the Beppu and Kuju Mountain. The one-way fare is 1000 Yen/person and round-way fare is 1,600 Yen/person. More details Click..

Don’t forget

  • Footbath (足湯): Most of the hotel, resorts and shops offer it free. Ashiyu which is a Japanese term which means hot spring for feet. You can find it in the city by (足湯), (あしゆ) symbols on the flags. Here are some lists..


Onsen Foods

Onsen Foods

Beppu is a treasure of foods and specially Onsen Foods. Onsen Foods are boiled in natural hot spring. Actually, Beppu is rich in hot springs and local people use it in agriculture and cooking food. Many restaurants and hotels offer eggs, sweet potato, corn, fish and more which are too cooked in hot-spring.


If you are in Japan and tired with your daily life, then you must visit Beppu “City of natural hot springs”.  Stay there for at least 1 night, if you can stay for 2 nights and enjoy the best Hot-spring of Japan with your hubbies, then nothing’s better.

Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Beppu and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!

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