Oct 17, 2012

Beppu Myoban Onsen

   Myoban is one of Beppu Hatto and it is a small mountain town surrounded by nature.
  There are several traditional inns, which have retained their original exteriors, but have been beautifully moddified internally, to provide guests with comfortable, well appointed surroundings with Onsen.
   “Tachiyori-yu” (drop-by Onsen) without an overnight stay such as Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land, Kakujusen and Myoban Yunosato are convenient for travelers who want to try Onsen other than ones in Hotels or inns.
   There are Yunohana-goya, thatched huts used for manufacturing “Yunohana” bath powder. They are rarely seen in other places.

  It takes about 30 minutes from Beppu station by Kamenoi bus ( within 10 minutes from Kannawa).

Overlooking Beppu bay.

The mountain upper part of the photo is Mt. Ohgiyama

Steam rises from grove

Yunohana-goya along the bus route

Steam rising

Contents of Onsen precipitated  at the end of pipe

   Today, I got off the bus (from Beppu station) at "Konya Jigoku mae" and walked up the road toward "Myoban Yunosato." I walked about 1.5Km finally.
(There are two other but stops in Myoban area, "Myoban" and "Jizoyumae."   When you visit Myoban Onsen, please choose an appropriate but stop for your purpose.)
   The photos below are what I saw on the route I walked.

<Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land>

   The photo below is "Konja Jigoku Mae" bus stop.   Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land" was at the other side of the road.
 "Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land" is
     - a unique open air mud bath,
     - mixed bathing,
     - the mud is said to contain ingredients to make the skin beautiful

Bus stop Konya Jigoku Mae

The sign of Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land


   After passing under Myoban Big Bridge, there was an alley goes off the bus route on my right.

Myoban Big Bridge

an alley on my right

   I found "Kakujusen",  a municipal Onsen, on my right along the alley.

the alley

Kakujyu sen

   Passing "Kakujusen", there was "Yunohana-goya" on my left soon.


<Okamotoya shop>

   The alley joined the bus route and at the corner of intersection, there was Okamotoya shop.
   The scenery from the parking of Okamotoya shop was fantastic. Okamoto shop is famous for its Jigoku mushi puddings.  Jigoku mushi is a way of cooking using hot spring steam.
Hot spring eggs are also popular.

Okamotoya shop

Steam cooker for Jigoku mushi pudding
Eggs and potatoes were steamed in front of the shop

<Myoban Jigoku>
   There was Myoban Jigoku just across the road from Okamotoya shop.
There were Yunohana-Goya and boiling hot spring sources.
Entrance fees are 200yen for adults and 100 yen for children.


Sightseeing route

In the Yunohanap-Goya

steam blowing out from the  gapes of rocks

Mud was boiling in the hot spring source

<Myoban Yunosato>
   From Okamotoya shop, Myoban Yunosato was in a few-minutes walk.
The open air baths make you feel expansive.
There were souvenir shops and Yunohana-Goya.

Myoban Yunosato Souvenir ship and restaurant

Souvenir shop with thatched roof blends in with the landscape

Bonsai at the entrance of the shop was nice