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18 travelers at this place:

  • Day94

    Beppu

    November 2 in Japan

    Beppu ist berühmt für seine heissen Quellen zum anschauen und baden. Es gibt sie in rot, weiss, blau und als Schlammblubberquellen. Mega schön. Typisch japanisch besucht man alle die Quellen auf einem Rundgang. Musikalische Beschallung, Souvenirshops noch und nöcher, eingebauter Handyhalterung fürs perfekte Foto und im heissen Wasser gekochte Eier inklusive.Read more

  • Day112

    Kyushu, Japan

    September 2, 2017 in Japan

    We made it to Japan! We rented a car with our friend Edwin and embarked on a road trip around Kyushu, Japan's southern most island. Our first day was very eventful. First, our short flight over was delayed from 3pm until 2:45am (damn you cheap airlines)! After about two hours of sleep, we arrived in Fukuoka. We checked into our hotel for a few more hours of sleep. Waking up about five minutes before our check out time and we had just enough time to throw on some clothes before there was a knock on our door. It was the hotel manager asking us in Japanese to do some sort of interview (we quickly discovered that almost no one speaks English in the south of Japan). We hesitantly consented and found ourselves ambushed by a full news crew with cameras rolling. With bags under our eyes, I think we gave an interview about our opinions on the hotel not serving dinner? It was a very confusing but funny experience.

    That out of the way, we knew Japan was going to be a good time. We spent the next few days in our rental car exploring quaint towns and villages. We enjoyed a gondola ride and an impromptu two hour hike to a temple on a mountain. It is amazing how similar to New Zealand this area of Japan is. We spent one day (Edwin's birthday!) eating our way through a beautiful mountain town and perusing the unique shops full of anime, hello kitty, and chop sticks.

    One of my favorite parts about Japan is the public bath houses. Everywhere we stayed they had these mini spas that are separated based on gender. You shower very thoroughly before you get into the giant hot pool fully naked. Proper etiquette is to not make eye contact or talk to anyone else in the pool. Once bathed, you put on your kimono and take time to relax. I'm told most Japanese people do this twice a day.

    We also spent a day exploring an active volcano, Mt. Aso. We had fun walking through the tall grass, watching the horses play, and taking in Japan's natural beauty.
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  • Day17

    Beppu, Stadt der Onsen

    April 21 in Japan

    Onsen, die heißen Quellen bzw. öffentlichen Bäder, haben in meinem Blog noch keinen Platz erhalten, weil ich es noch nicht gewagt hatte, dieses japanische Nationalheiligtum zu betreten. Dafür bin ich nach Beppu gereist, einer Stadt unweit des Mount Aso, einem noch sehr aktiven Vulkan. Entsprechend blubbert, dampft und zischt es hier überall, allerdings mit einer Wucht, wie ich sie noch nicht erlebt habe.
    In Beppu unterscheidet man zwei Arten von Onsen: Die Höllen (jingu), und die normalen Onsen.
    Die Höllen sind sehr heiß und beinhalten verschiedene Mineralien, sodass sie zum Baden ungeeignet zu reinen Touristenattraktionen geworden sind. Wir haben auf Reisen ja nun schon einige vulkanische Quellen gesehen, aber es ist immer wieder ein Ereignis. Interessant ist auch, wie die Länder damit umgehen. In Japan ist es jedenfalls einen Touristen-Gaudi. Es gibt kleine Shows, tropische Zoos (wo die Tiere unter recht schlechten Bedingungen gehalten werden), schöne Gärten, Gemeinschaftsfußbäder und natürlich Essen, das im heißen Dampf gegart wurde.
    Die normalen Onsen sind nichts anderes als öffentliche Bäder. Nicht selten gibt es in den traditionelleren Hostels nur eine Dusche mit dem Hinweis, Japaner würden sie eh nicht nutzen, sondern das benachbarte Onsen besuchen. Hier gilt es ein paar Regeln zu beachten, was in Beppu wieder ein Abenteuer war, weil die englischen Erklärungen nicht ausreichten und ich mir statt dessen von einer alten japanischen Dame zeigen ließ, wie es geht. Zuerst muss man das japanische Zeichen für "Frauen" erkennen und ins richtige Bad gehen. Dort zieht man sich splitternackt aus (deswegen gibts dazu auch keine Fotos) und geht in den Badebereich, der aus einem Becken mit heißem (!) Wasser besteht. Bevor man hineinsteigt, soll man sich allerding gründlich reinigen. Die Frage war nur: wie eigentlich? Es gibt nämlich keine Duschen und nur wenige Wasserhähne. Man schnappt sich also ein sehr kleines Plastikhöckerschen und eine Schale, stellt das Höckerchen irgendwo auf die freie Fläche am Beckenrand und setzt sich, schöpft Wasser aus dem Becken oder dem Wasserhahn, seift sich fröhlich ein und übergießt sich anschließend mithilfe der Schale. Dann steigt man uns Becken, genießt das heiße Wasser, kühlt sich am Beckenrand ab und wiederholt dies, bis man völlig aufgeweicht ist. Ein schönes Detail: Bevor man sich anzieht kann, kann man sich von einem Ventilator abkühlen lassen!
    In Beppu gab es noch Besonderheiten: ein Bad mit Vulkanschlamm, superheiße Dampfbäder sowie Sandbäder. Bei letzterem bekommt man zunächst eine Art Bademantel an und wird dann 15 Minuten in warmem feuchten Vulkansand begraben. Wirklich sehr entspannend!
    Um so viel Entspannung auch genießen zu können, bin ich natürlich wieder durch wunderschöne Wälder auf ein Gipfel, den Mt. Tsurumi, gestiegen😁.
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  • Day5

    Onward to Aso

    November 4 in Japan

    We've a long trip today from Hiroshima to Aso. We are heading down to one of the most southern islands of Japan, to see Mt Aso and do a gorge walk among other things. We head to the station to JR office to reserve seats for this trip and the next ports of call. Finally on train for the 4 to 5 hour journey. Stopping at Kumamoto to change to a regional train, we should be there around 3pm. Aso is the middle of nowhere so we've booked a car to get us to all the sites we wish to experience. Our accommodation, described as one of the better hotels in Aso, has it's own private onsen, a restaurant and positioned close to heaps of restaurants and convenient stores etc. Two hours into the train ride, PC says 'where's the folder? In your backpack says me. Nope, he says. Look in mine: look in my suitcase; drag large suitcase from hiding place at back of train, open (visualise exploding suitcase with smalls and other personals now all over floor and seats); stuff everything back in and........try not to panic.

    The 'folder' has all our documents in it; itinerary, flights, hotel contact details, maps, pre-bought tickets to things such as the aquarium in Osaka, all the receipts thus far into the trip but MOST importantly, my international driver's licence. Without it, the hire car is not happening, meaning the entire effort to get to Aso just went out the window. You can hire a driver at $400 per day - but apart from that, we're pretty screwed. PC is now in a total state. Give Valium with small slug of scotch (our go to travel tip when things start to go awry) and pop him back in his seat while I phone the hotel to see if said folder is on the bed. Nope they advise, not there. We have no idea what happened to it and can only assume it is sitting on some train station seat somewhere. Ho Hum. Again.

    Meanwhile, we arrive at our change over point, lug all the luggage out of the carriage (you now know why it's actually called 'luggage) and down to the regional line where we hop on to a little local puffing billy arrangement for an hour or so. Hop off. We then are told to exit the building and find the bus. The what? The bus she says again. What happened to the train to Aso says PC? Earthquake. What earthquake? We inquire. Arrrr, earthquake from 2017....no fix yet. Right oh, what time bus. Arrrr, 1 hour 40 mins. To get there we say? No, till bus comes.
    You can go shopping over there she says. Right. Because we both love shopping and that's the first thing we'd think to do when stranded in the middle of nowhere with all this luggage. So we did as instructed and went straight to supermarket and bought a large bottle of scotch and two bottles of wine (for later at hotel, or for later where ever we ended up). Finally arrive by bus to Aso Station. So relieved. Grab a taxi, give directions, and find hotel is like 30 ks away. Driver was 90. No, I'm actually serious. He was 90. Everyone has a job in Japan. They work until they literally drop (and I'm soooo hoping his time is not up while transporting us to the hotel). He can't find it so rings his wife who offers suggestions. On arrival into the car park the meter says 20,000 Yen. By the time he actually parked the car (Ten 3 point turns) the meter says 25,000 Yen. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. We wouldn't let him help with the bags in case he broke something or carked it. So, here we are finally at our 'onsen' hotel.
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  • Day9

    Beppu Jigoku

    July 24 in Japan

    My first stop was in Beppungaki to see the so called "sea hell", which is the most beautiful out of several different volcanic blow holes.

    Mein erster Stop war in Beppungaki um die Meereshölle (sea hell) zu sehen, die die schönste von mehreren verschiedenen sprudelnden vulkanischen blow holes ist.

  • Day36

    Ferry

    June 13, 2016 in Japan

    It was already time to leave Shikoku again and set off for Kyushu or more specifically Beppu. When i was planning my trip i figured some days of rest would be welcome after Tokyo, Osaka and the Shimanami Kaido. And what better place to do this in one of the most renowned onsen towns. I had two options to get there. One was by train but it would be a long way around. The other was by ferry which was a bit more expensive but shorter and i figured also a nice experience. So i opted for the ferry. I had to take a train to get to the port of Yawatahama first and was surprised by the beauty of the surrounding mountains. The morning fog made it even more beautiful. I arrived at the ferry port just after 8am only to find out that the first ferry would not leave until 10.15am. So much for waking up early to catch the earlies ferry. There was nothing to do but wait and kill time by working on my blog and trying to catch some sleep. The ticket window opend an hour before departure and after filling in a form with my personal information i bought myself a 2nd class ticket for the ferry.
    The ferry arrived and we got the sign to get onboard. After the obligatory ticket check i climbed the stairs to enter the ferry. I made sure to get onboard asap so i would get a seat with a nice view. But to my surprise there were only about seats for eight people, the rest of the interior was just basically an elevated floor where you had to take your shoes off and take one of the square pillows so you could comfortably lay down. I was suprised at first but soon realised that this was actually a pretty good idea. The ferry ride would last over 3 hours and only the first and last couple of minutes would be interesting. The biggest part of the journey was quite boring with nothing to see except the waves. So the best thing would be sleeping anyway. :-)
    After a nice nap and some working on my blog the boat had arrived at the terminal in Beppu. I left the ferry and set off to walk into the town. I had read there was a really nice aquarium in Beppu and took the bus from Beppu station to go see some fish. The aquarium itself is not that big but nicely setup with some interesting themed basins with underwaterlife from all over the world. There was even a very nice coral display with live coral, something you don't see everyday as coral is not that easy to grow in an aquarium.
    It had gotten time to get to the hostel and after check-in it was time for a shower and a short power nap. I noticed in the hall there were some tips for local activities and restaurants and i noticed one about a local Gyoza restaurant. Gyoza are fried dumplings of Chinese origin. I've had them a couple of times before as a side dish and these things are absolutely delicious. And to get a plateful of these little wonders for only 600 yen was something i could not resist. The restaurant was easy to find and there is no menu. The lady behind the counter only asks how many portions you want and if you want a beer with it. Now it may sound strange that a restaurant only serves one dish but it's not that uncommon and after trying the first you won't have any problems with the lack of choice. These dumplings are insanely good! The whole plate was gone within a minute even though i got in a converstation with Shinichisan, a local from Beppu. On the way back to the hostel i grabbed me a couple of cold brewskis. In the hostel's common room i met Daisy and Sunshine and wast later joined by Toshi and some other folks for some good talks before getting some well deserved sleep.
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  • Day37

    Orandajin

    June 14, 2016 in Japan

    I had planned two days in Beppu and figured one day of onsens would be more than enough for me. So i chose to do something a bit more active but still not too crowded today. I read about stone Buddhas in a small town calles Usuki just an hour south op Beppu and thought this would be the ideal spot for me to be active and still get some rest. Trains to smaller places don't go very often in these surroundings and because i lacked to check the schedule i had to wait almost an hour for the first train. As i arrived at Usuki i found al the bus schedules to be in Japanese only and so i asked the friendly lady from the tourist office if she could help me out a little bit. She very enthousiastically started to tell me about the area and all the things to see and do. After a while she showed me the busroute and explained that the next bus to the stone Buddhas would soon depart from the station. The busstop was only a few steps away from the station and as the bus arrived i was the only passenger to board it. That remained so until the bus arrived at the final stop at the stone Buddhas. I got a ticket at the entrance gate and the lady was apparantly surprised to see a foreigner because she asked me where i was from and was surprised when i told her i was from Oranda. She was friendly enought to point me to the entrance of the stone Buddha park and soon i was on my way. Most of the signs and boards were in kanji but it was still a spectacular sight to see the Buddhas carved out from the rocks. I walked around for more than an hour and made sure i visited all the statues. I was a really relaxing and inspiring site to walk around in. I wrote a small note in one of the guestbooks. I had seen a small restaurant on the way up to the place and as i had to wait another 45 minutes for the bus figured it would be a nice place to have lunch. I entered the restaurant and heard 3 people from different places in the restaurant yell "Orandajin!" which means "Dutch person!" I guess I was the news of the day in this very small place. :-)
    I order lunch and got a really simple but delicious and hearty vegetable meal. It had all kinds of locally picked vegetables, fresh and pickled with rice and miso soup. As the bus was about to come i left the restaurant and the lady from the ticketwindow was so friendly to recheck the bus schedule for me. One bus and trainride and i was back in Beppu again. It was getting late in the afternoon and after hunting for some nice Beppu t-shirts i went back to the hostel to meet up with all the folks from yesterday evening. Sunshine suggested to go to a park and relax and play some baseball and volleyball which sounded like a great idea. I went to bed tired but satisfied. This was just the day i needed. :-)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Oita Prefecture, Oita, Préfecture de Oita, 大分県, 오이타 현

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