Saturday, 35° hot and humid
Today we take the bus to hell, 8th hells that is. Beppu is known for its underground volcanic activity that results in hot springs all over the area. Eight of these springs can be visited and have different specifics. There’s a blue pond, red and grey mud puddles and steam coming up between rocks. After the hells we took a bus up to Tsurumidake ropeway station and up to the mountain in the cable car. Fortunately the few clouds cleared enough to see Beppu 1375m below us. At the top there are several shrines where Japanese people go to pray for specific things (fortune in education, love, work….).
We took the ropeway and bus down again and stopped at the Global tower, a special shaped building with an observation platform at 100m above the ground.