The 10 Best Things to Do in Beppu, Japan

October 29, 2017 Velvet Champine

Beppu (別府市, Beppu-shi) is a city in Ōita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan, at the west end of Beppu Bay. As of March 31, 2017, the city had a population of 122,643 and a population density of 980/km (2,500/sq mi). The total area is 125.13 km (48.31 sq mi). Beppu is famous for its hot springs.
Restaurants in Beppu

1. Suginoi Palace

1 Kankaiji, Beppu 874-0822, Oita Prefecture +81 977-24-1160
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 198 reviews

Suginoi Palace

SUGINOI PALACE is an amusement facility of SUGINOI HOTEL on the top of the hill ,Kankaiji hot spring area, that is one of the eight hot spring areas of Beppu. You will enjoy stunning view of nature as far as Shikoku Island over the Beppu Bay on a sunny day on one side and Mt. Tsurumi on the other. We offer hot Springs and amusement facilities such as an open air hot spring bath "Tanayu", an open air swimsuit hot spring pool " The Aqua Garden", indoor pool with wave and slider "ACQUABEAT" during summer time(Open from 2015/13/JUNE to 2015/27/SEP this year!) the bowling alley, the game center, and many souvenir shops and restaurants. We continuously strive to improve our facilities and service to keep entertaining our customers. ■Restaurant information: ★HANAMIZUKI - Japanese Kaiseki (Lunch & Dinner) ★Ristorante Azzurri- Italian (Lunch & Dinner) ★Seeds/HIKARI - Buffet Restaurant (Breakfast & Dinner)

Reviewed By Bestlambert - Taipei, Taiwan

This is literally the best Onsen I have ever taken in my life!
The view was magnificent. It had several huge outdoor pools where guests could enjoyed the scenery leisurely. They also offered sauna, also with view.
If you have limited time in Beppu, then I honestly recommend Suginoi Palace.
By the way, the entrance fee was 1,500 yen per adult.

2. Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago

3078-22 Honkozaki, Oita 879-2111, Oita Prefecture +81 97-534-1010
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago

Reviewed By Karen J - Colorado Springs, Colorado

I love watching water shows in other countries. The walrus show was cute. There was a little boy who was too shy to play peek-a-boo with the walrus trio. His mom did it and all 3 fell backwards in shock. I have the best photos of jumping dolphins ever. I stood at the rail of the top observation deck. I did like that aquarium employees supplied plastic to people in the front row and pink towels to people who got splashed.
I also really liked the sunfish. You don't see those a lot. Kinda freaky.

Kannawa, Beppu, Oita Prefecture +81 977-66-0121
Excellent
32%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 490 reviews

Umijigoku

Reviewed By StefanS71 - Munich, Germany

the blue sea hell was one of our two favorite hells in Beppu. Entry fee 500 Yen (or pass for all 7 for 2000 Yen - check if needed). The blue color and the intense sound of the air coming out of the earth are amazing and to us a must-see in this area.
Not more than a pond, so don't expect a huge lake.

4. Takasakiyama Natural Zoo

3098-1 Tanoura, Oita 870-0802, Oita Prefecture +81 97-532-5010
Excellent
44%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 291 reviews

Takasakiyama Natural Zoo

Reviewed By KCLaRaia - Yomitan-son, Japan

What a lovely experience! The natural 'zoo' is situated mountainside, with caretakers who provide food for the two troops of wild monkeys that live in the area. This acts as a natural deterrent between local wildlife and local residents & businesses, who would otherwise find the animals to be a nuisance due to scavenging behaviors.
A tram is available to take visitors up that offers a nice view of the wild life and the water. However, it's no faster than walking up the trail, and most likely takes longer when you considering the wait time.
The park rangers and staff are very vigilant about keeping visitors safe, and stress the importance of not bringing food and the correct way to behave around the animals. This isn't a trained animal theater: the monkeys are wild, and while they tolerate human presence, they aren't interested in interacting with you....nor should they be, for the protection of all.
Overall, this is a really nice way to safely spend time in close proximity to these creatures and a wonderful experience for children to observe the monkeys in a natural habitat and learn that animals need not be restricted to zoos.

5. Beppu Station Tourist Information Center

12-13 Ekimae-cho, Beppu 874-0935, Oita Prefecture +81 977-24-2838
Excellent
38%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 257 reviews

Beppu Station Tourist Information Center

Reviewed By marcdegueurce2013 - London, United Kingdom

This is a bonus and not broken English! On the day we were there -August 2017 - they were able to point out the luggage storage counter where our LARGE luggage would have to go to. Even cheaper than the traditional lockers right outside the station.

6. Hells of Beppu

559-1 Kannawa, Beppu 874-0045, Oita Prefecture +81 977-66-1577
Excellent
28%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Hells of Beppu

These eight boiling pools resulting from volcanic activity have varying characteristics: one is blood-red in color due to its red clay deposits, another has the largest geyser in Japan, and still another is used for breeding crocodiles.

Reviewed By VinceVW - Singapore

You can choose to visit all the 7 Hells of Beppu. We choose to only visit 1 and it was well worth it.
There are sulphur smell all round this area and most of them are at least 85 degrees Celsius in temperature. There are many hot steam to steam the hand, feet, face and also a hot foot bath. The rest are only for viewing as they are too hot.

7. Kijima Kogen Park

123 Kijima Kogen, Beppu 874-0000, Oita Prefecture +81 977-22-1165
Excellent
21%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 119 reviews

Kijima Kogen Park

Reviewed By Nor Azrul A

I live in Oita shi and I been there because I wanted to show my friends who come from Singapore that there are something great to play at Oita Ken.
There are many attractions and the roller coaster have three types for us to enjoy. No matter how many people in the amusement park, you doesn't have to queue more than 30 minutes .
There are bus access both from beppu and yufuin train station and their price also very affordable.
This park is absolutely recommend places to all amusement park lovers . It's look simple but you still can amazed by it! Let's try it !

8. Mt. Tsurumi

Minamitateishi, Beppu 874-0000, Oita Prefecture
Excellent
32%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 94 reviews

Mt. Tsurumi

Reviewed By Bestlambert - Taipei, Taiwan

The entrance demonstrated many beautiful photos of the mount in various seasons. Unfortunately, the visibility was really bad as I came because of a heavy fog.
However, I enjoyed the walk quite much. They tourist map planned two different routes, each took around half an hour to finish.
Along the routes there were four platforms for the views. Much to my regret, I saw nothing.

9. Jigokumushikobo Kannawa

5 Furomoto, Beppu, Oita Prefecture +81 977-66-3775
Excellent
22%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 349 reviews

Jigokumushikobo Kannawa

Reviewed By Gary L

Food is cooked using the steam from the hot Springs and they have an area with about 15 steamers all located above a steam outlet. The steamed food is comforting in this cold and rainy weather and reasonably fresh and the service staff is helpful. But I feel the wait is a bit too long. We came at around 2.45pm and still needed to wait about 45 mins.

10. Shidakako Lake

4380-1 Shidaka, Beppu 874-0000, Oita Prefecture
Excellent
34%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Shidakako Lake

Reviewed By Tan C

This lake is amazingly beautiful, tranquil and scenic. Walk is easy just 1.8km around the lake, but has so much to offer from different angles. Perfect for picnic! Saw a few families setting up tents, BBQ and picnic mats, all ready to spend hours soaking up the environment at 7 degrees.

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