Review: Kyushu Karnival – Exploring Beppu

Introduction
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Seikai Beppu
Dining at Seikai Beppu
Exploring Beppu
Hoteiya Yufu City
Dining at Hoteiya Yufu City
Exploring Yufuin
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How do I start with Beppu?

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Beppu Description

Well, Beppu is a place where I definitely wouldn’t look at the vibe. It’s definitely not a charming city…but it is a pretty dramatic one, I’d say. There’s not a single person on the streets, and smoke (from geothermal heat) comes from everywhere in the area – in a way that feels pretty cool.

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Beppu Geothermal Heat

If I were to go to Beppu, it would definitely not be because of the city “spirit” – more like the nearly empty (but totally functional and dynamic) theme parks all around the city.

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Streets of Beppu

First off, we visited the main tourist attraction: the Hells of Beppu.

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Yama Jigoku, Beppu (The Mountain Hell)

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Umi Jigoku, Beppu (The Sea Hell)

We visited two theme parks in Beppu, Harmony Land and Kijima Kogen Theme Park. Both were pretty awesome theme parks – Harmony Land was Sanrio branded, and Kijima Kogen was a giant theme park that had much more than Disneyland Hong Kong.

You can see that most of the pictures below are pretty much deserted. Yeah, that’s how a Beppu theme park looks like at 11am…

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Harmony Land Beppu

It’s also worth noting that while Hong Kong Disneyland costs HK$350 to enter, the average entrance fee of a Beppu theme park was 200 to 350 yen, so basically dirt cheap for a better theme park… 😛

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Harmony Land Beppu

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Views of Kitsuki from Beppu

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Hello Kitty Ferris Wheel

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The Hello Kitty Ferris Wheel

Seriously, not having to line up for anything makes a huge difference.

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Harmony Land Beppu

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Aerial View of Harmony Land Beppu

Similarly, the Kijima Kogen Park wasn’t Sanrio themed, but much, much bigger and featured a wooden rollercoaster (which is, apparently, rare; but I didn’t notice the difference given how fast it still was).

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Kijima Kogen Park Beppu

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Kijima Kogen Park (and Rollercoaster) Beppu

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Kijima Kogen Park Beppu

I mean, it might as well have been a botanic garden, it was so empty.

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Kijima Kogen Park Beppu

Well, that makes Beppu worth returning to alone. 😛

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Kijima Kogen Park Beppu

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Kijima Kogen Park Beppu

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Kijima Kogen Park Beppu

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Jupiter, Kijima Kogen Park Beppu

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Kijima Kogen Park Beppu

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Kijima Kogen Park Beppu

Well, additionally, this is what a “normal” road looks like in Beppu:

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Beppu Streets

I mean, where are the pedestrians?

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I found Beppu to be the typical “resort” city. It’s almost completely vibe free, but it’s really interesting and not crowded at all. While I wouldn’t go out of my way to return, it was a pleasure visiting.

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