Beppu is a spa resort city on the island of Kyushu, nestled between Beppu Bay and a backdrop of volcanic mountains, which offers over 2,000 onsen (hot springs) to explore. Some onsen are ideal for bathing in nutrient-filled water as well as immersing oneself in mud and sand with health benefits. Among the most famous of these onsen are the 8 Hells of Beppu, which offer dramatic landscapes. For the most part, these can’t be bathed in, but they are stunning to see, and each offers a different atmosphere. Some allow you to try food steamed right in the springs.

Mount Tsurumi to the west can be accessed by a cable car and offers spectacular views that make for super Instagram photo ops. Between hot springs, kids love to visit the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden where you’ll encounter free-roaming monkeys. Families will also enjoy Harmonyland, a traditional amusement park with rides, food, games and a giant Hello Kitty.

What to see & do in Beppu

Featured stories & fun stuff

Where & what to eat in Beppu

  • 10 Great Restaurants in Beppu

    These great restaurants in Beppu include excellent spots serving regional specialities. Many of the dishes are prepared with fresh, locally sourced fish, meat and vegetables, following traditional, tried-and-trusted recipes. You can tuck into Bungo beef (from locally raised cows), platters of fresh, raw seafood, and toriten (chicken tempura). Most restaurants in Beppu have small dining rooms with limited seating. So, if bookings aren’t...

    Read more

Where to shop & what to buy in Beppu

  • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Beppu

    This guide to the best places to go shopping in Beppu will help you discover the best markets and malls to visit in the city. While it’s particularly known for being home to more than 2,000 onsens (hot springs), it's also a great shopping destination on the island of Kyushu. You’ll find a variety of retail experiences in Beppu. From modern...

    Read more

Where to go & what to do at night in Beppu

  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Beppu

    The best things to do after dinner in Beppu range from sipping sake in traditional izakaya bars to ascending the city’s tallest building for dramatic sunset views. You can even relax in a heated sand bath, unwind in a bathhouse, or treat yourself to a homemade gelato by the bay. Whether you want to mingle with locals until the early hours...

    Read more

Useful information

  • Beppu Travel Essentials

    Our Beppu travel essentials guide showcases everything you need to know for a holiday to this exciting Japanese town, whether with the family, solo or with that special someone. We will explore how to arrive in town, get to your hotel, travel around and what to see and do while on holiday here.  We’ll also look at essential information like currency,...

    Read more

Where to stay <span class="next-line">in Beppu</span>

Start planning your trip

Also popular in Japan

Back to top