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Visiting 8 Hells in Beppu

On 10. 2. we went on to Beppu, another town on Kyushu known for its hot springs, by train. This time our hotel was not so ordinary. We stayed in a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese hotel) for two nights. After check in, green tea awaited us in our room. There were no beds prepared, only a low table and cushions to sit on. The bathroom was also a bit unusual: For the guests they had three Rotenburo, about whirlpool sized hot spring baths (sometimes they were even a bit too hot so we had to pour in cold water) for private use.

Rotenburo

Rotenburo

That evening we went to a Tempura Restaurant not far away and got back to the Ryokan early to take a bath whilst our Futon was beeing prepared in our room. So when we came back, we had something to sleep on. Furthermore there were Yukata (a light Kimono) to wear after bathing and for sleeping.

room at night

room at night

For the days in the Ryokan a very good traditional breakfast was included, so we didn’t have to worry about that.
Next thing to do was visiting the hot spring Hells, also called Jigoku, small ponds formed by steam and hot water coming to the surface, nearly boiling, some poisonous and really bad smelling, everyone with its own colour due to dissolved minerals. As some of you may have guessed it’s not a good idea to take a bath there. ;) However, they look great, so it’s really worth the trip. They even cook food there using the hot water and steam. We had a combined ticket for eight of them. If you ever plan to visit the Hells we recommend all of them but two (Yama-Jigoku and Oniyama-Jigoku), because at those there are some animals kept under bad conditions.

Umi-Jigoku

Umi-Jigoku

Kamado-Jigoku

Kamado-Jigoku

On the evening we got dinner at the ryokan (not included). We didn’t know what it would be but it first looked like some salad spread over several little bowls. When we had already tried some and asked about it, we were told that in one of the bowls was Yubiki – salad with some stripes of fugu skin. That was kind of a surprise. After the first course there was some Sashimi, soup, beef, Tempura, something looking like lasagne with mushrooms, shrimps and squids, then some Soba, Miso Soup with rice and a desert. All in all it was way more than we expected after our first look at the table and every course was delicious.

in the middle: Yubiki

first course + Sashimi

beef with grill

beef with grill

Today we left the Ryokan for Hiroshima, hoping we did not make too many mistakes or even insult our hosts, who were very kind and patient with our questions.

Comments:

  1. Khaine

    nice nice as usual.. but i still missing something in all the Blog entrys…

    where is Godzilla? :-P

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