Beppu (Beppu-shi) is a port city in Japan's Oita Prefecture (Kyushu Island), located at the west end of Beppu Bay. The city has population around 122,000. Port Beppu (locode JPBEP) serves mainly cargo ships and ferries, and is the principal cruise port of the Oita Prefecture.
The city lies between the sea and the mountains and is most famous for its hot springs ("Beppu Onsen"). There are 8 major geothermal springs (aka "eight hells of Beppu") - 6x are in Kannawa District and 2 are in Shibaseki District.
A popular event is the annual Beppu-Oita Marathon (since 1952). The marathon's path is between Beppu and Oita-shi (Prefecture's capital city).
Lake Shidaka is approx 600 m (1970 ft) above sea level.
Otobaru Waterfall is in the city's mountain region, around 20 min walk from the amusement park Wonder Rakutenchi.
Takasakiyama Monkey Park is around 10 min bus ride from the city center. The park has over 1500 Japanese macaques monkeys.
Kijima Kogen resort includes a hotel and an 18-hole golf course alongside an amusement park.
Besides its hot springs, Beppu also has sand and foot baths. A popular spot is ”Beppu marine beach sand bath and foot bath", around 15 min bus drive from the city's main train station.
Beppu Park is in the city center, around a 15-minute walk from the train station.
The annual Beppu Fireworks Festival is in late July. Its fireworks show includes over 5000 fireworks set off from small boats scattered around Beppu Bay.
Another popular tourist event is the art festival held here every 3 years. Bus travel allows access to the Usuki Stone Buddhas (statues into a cliff) and the Mangatsuji Temple, located approx 5 km (3 mi) southwest of Uziki City's downtown.
Beppu cruise terminal
Beppu cruise port is in a harbour located in Beppu Bay's western (inner) part. Cruise ships dock at port's large-sized wharf. The port has 8 ship docking berths. The deepest berth is at Wharf 3, allowing large-sized cruise vessels with max draft 12 m (40 ft) and GT up to 140,000 tons. Wharf 3 has also a ferry terminal handling Ro-Pax ships (passenger and car ferries).
Port Beppu is conveniently located in close proximity to Kyushu's major tourist attractions, including the hot springs, Mount Aso (Japan's largest caldera), Usa Jingu (8th-century shrine), the Kunisaki temples.
Port Beppu cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Beppu, Japan Oita. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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