At Beppu town, you can take a tour of its many “jigoku” (hell) hot springs, so called for the steamy and bubbling hot springs, that due to their various mineral contents come in different colors, from blood red, to blue, green and grey. There is also a geyser that shoots a fountain of hot spring water every hour.
Each hell hot spring has a different theme, some of them have a zoo attached, or flower park. There is a discount if you buy entry into all the hot spring parks.
Around 30 minutes by car from Beppu lies Lake Shidaka, which is part of the Aso Kuju National Park with views of Yufu-dake and Tsurumi-dake. Take a trek around the Aso crater, or if you prefer, take the Mt Aso Ropeway for a bird’s eye view of the crater and the surrounding mountain range.
Yufuin has also gained recognition as a center for the arts, with several art galleries in town.