Today we were getting on a train and heading to Beppu City in Oita Prefecture, considered a haven for onsen lovers. So we walked to Hakata Station, the main railway terminal of the city of Fukuoka and the largest and busiest station on Kyushu. (Plus, it has great shopping.)
When I asked my friend, Racie, what she wanted to do in Japan, there was only one thing on her must-do list: onsen.
Since we were staying in Fukuoka, I browsed the Internet, looking for onsens in the area — and I stumbled upon Beppu City.
To be honest, I had never heard of this city before, much less its reputation for onsens.
Beppu City is a city in Oita Prefection in Kyushu — about a two-hour train ride from Fukuoka — littered with onsens. It’s a small city, with just under 120,000 people and stretching 48 square miles. But it’s a mecca for onsen fanatics with eight major hot spring areas known as Beppu Hattō.
What makes this place so unique is its vastness and richness of resources. Get this: the volume of water discharged is second only to that of Yellowstone National Park, the largest hot spring resort in the world.
This little town!
There are 2,909 hot spring vents within the city, accounting for more than 10 percent of all the hot spring vents in Japan. More than 130,000 tons of hot spring water gushes from the ground every day here, and you can see steam plumes all over the city.
You wanna onsen? I’ll give you an onsen!
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