Hey there cutie pies!
The cold weather that has been prevailing during the last few days is probably appropriate for early February but due to the lack of snow in the city, it still doesn’t really look like winter but it sure does feel like it. It’s hardly surprising that I’m longing for turquoise ponds with boiling hot water and subtropical vegetation.
When we arrived in Beppu with the car, there was steam coming out of drain covers and the air was filled with sulphur so that I instinctively put my face mask on. It was scary and fascinating at the same time and totally what I was looking for. Beppu is famous for its numerous hot springs – onsen – which are found all around town but also in the nearby volcanic mountains.
The first hell we stumbled into is named after the mud bubbles, which emerge from boiling mud pools and look like the shaven heads of monks. We were pretty much the only visitors and we enjoyed the beautiful and warm November weather while looking at the fuming ground and carefully arranged garden.
There are eight major hot spots which are often referred to as the Beppu Hatto, the eight hells of Beppu. Geography, especially volcanoes and geology was one of my all time favourite subjects during school so I was really glad I actually got to see so many hot spots.