The Kannawa area of Beppu in Kyushu is the most spectacular of the city's hot spring (onsen) districts for steam enthusiasts.
Here are seven of Beppu's ten jigoku (hell) pools and the city's well-worth-a-visit Sex Museum.
Hyotan Onsen (ひょうたん温泉) is Kannawa's best hot spring baths with rotemburo (outside bath), a sand-bath, sauna and a chance to sample food steamed naturally in the vapors of the thermal springs - known as jigoku mushi.
There are frequent buses to the area from Beppu Bus Station; get off at Umijigoku-mae for the hell pools. If driving from the ferry port go straight along route 500.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010