8 "jigoku", or hells, of Beppu – eight unique hot springs that look the way our ancestors imagined the Hell. You may watch this hot springs but you can't bath in them: water temperature here is so high that local merchants boil eggs in the springs (and sell them right there!). They also prepare delicios corn using the hot spring steam.
Each hot spring has different mineral ingredients, color and concentration. It's hard to believe that nature created such fantastic "live" hot pools!
Six out of eight springs are located closer to each other, two (geiser Tatsumaki and Blood Pond) are about 3 km (1.8 miles) away.
One of the most beautiful "hells" is "Sea Hell" - a pond full of boiling-hot, bright-blue water.
In surrounding gardens you can find ponds with different water: orange or transparent. One of the quiet cool ponds is full of huge lotus flowers. Leaves of these flowers are so big that they can hold a little child sitting on them (up to 20kg).
«Monks Heads», or «Shaved Heads»
"Oniishibozu" is one of the most unusual hot springs. Big, perfectly round light-gray bubbles, appearing here and there in the mud, resemble shaved heads of Japanese monks - that is were the spring's name came from.
Here you can also find a pond with clear hot volcanic water that is used as a foot bath.
"Mountain Hell" is a hill full of big and small cliffs and rocks with hot steam rising between them. The hot steam escapes from deep under the earth surface, and in some places you can find puddles of hot water.
Here and there you can see "DANGER!" sign boards written in Japanese and English, asking tourists not to come too close to the rocks, because these puddles temperature is around 90 degrees Celsius (194 degrees Fahrenheit).
Not far from the hot rocks hill you'll find a tiny zoo. A behemot lives here, it spends days in the outdoors even during winter because his pond's water and everything around it is heated by natural hot springs.
«Cooking Pot Hell»
The top figure and boss here is a devil-cook, sitting near the entrance.
The hot springs includes several ponds with boiling water or reddish-brown mud. If you'll blow air into the mud pond (that can be done through a long pipe, since hith temperature won't let you come close to the mud), lots of angry steamy bubbles will sprung up.
Water temperature of one of the biggest ponds here is 95 Celsius (201 Fahrenheit), and its color changes suddenly twice a year.
Here you can try to drink volcanic water - just one sip, it's unlikely that you'll ask for seconds!
As any good cooking pot, this one cooks eggs and vegetables for you - you can try them in one of the shops near the ponds. Unlike the spring water, they are delicious!
«White Pond Hell»
This beautiful pond is filled with milky-white water, sometimes turning a bit greenish.
On its grounds you can also visit a small aquarium gallery with rare fish.
«Monster Mountain Hill»
"Monsters" here are alive and dagerous: douzens of crocodiles live and breed here. You may look at them from a close distance, but don't be fooled with their seeming apathy - the moment when a crocodile notices food, or gets angry, it moves suddenly and with surprising speed.
«Blood Pond Hell»
True to its name, Blood Pond is filled with bloody-red hot water. That's one of the most famous and eye-catching "Hells".
«Spout Hell» Geyser
«Spout Hell» is the hottest geyser in the world. It's underground temperature is 150 C (302 F), temperature on the exit point - 101 C (213 F). Boiling volcanic water erupts from the ground every 30-40 minutes and the eruption continues for 6-10 minutes. An overhangind rock built around the geyser prevents it from reaching its full height, that would otherwise reach 30 meters (98 feet) with bursts as high as 50 meters (164 feet).