Infobox City Japan
PopDate= January 2008
Tree= Sweet Osmanthus and Camphor Laurel
Flower= Ōmurasaki (
CityHallAddress= 1-15 Kaminoguchichō, Beppu-shi, Ōita-ken
CityHallLink= [http://www.city.beppu.oita.jp/ Beppu City]
nihongo|Beppu|別府市|Beppu-shi is a city located in
Ōita Prefectureon the island of Kyūshū, Japan.
January 31, 2008, the city has a populationof [http://www.city.beppu.oita.jp/03gyosei/jinko/index.html 122,297] and a density of 977 persons per km². The total area is 125.13 km².
The city was founded on
April 1, 1924and is famous for its thousands of " onsen" ( hot springs), which are regarded as sacred. Beppu is Japan's onsen capital with the largest volume of hot water in the world aside from Yellowstonein the USAand the largest number of hot spring sources in Japan. Beppu contains nine major geothermal hot spots, which are sometimes referred to as the "nine hells of Beppu". Beppu is also divided into 8 major hot spring areas, otherwise known as Beppu Hatto. The 8 areas are Beppu, Kitahama, Kamegawa, Shibaseki, Kannawa, Myoban, Horita and Hamawaki. Beppu is considered a tourist town by the Japanese and is rather picturesque. Like many other Japanese cities, Beppu is sandwiched between the sea and the mountains.
James Dickeydescribed a World War II"anti-morale" raid on Beppu in his 1965 poem "The Firebombing."
Recently, Beppu has been undergoing a renaissance. In 2000, the city subsidized the creation of the
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, an international university which focuses on International Relationsand Business. The university has an enrollment of [http://www.apu.ac.jp/home/modules/keytopics/index.php?id=300 5,633] students originating from [http://www.apu.ac.jp/home/modules/keytopics/index.php?id=300 82] countries and regions, making it one of the most culturally diverse universities in Japan.
The international student population has also invigorated the local restaurant scene with Jamaican, Indian, Nepali, Lithuanian, Papua New Guinean, and Indonesian restaurants. In restaurants operated by locals too, food from various different countries served by Japanese-speaking international student waiters and waitresses, such as at the McDonalds on Route 10, have now become a common sight.
Since the 1980s Beppu has been known for its "sex museum" (Beppu Hihokan) which commemorates the resort town's sex industry with waxwork exhibits. The Hihokan was founded by an aficionado of sex-related artifacts, many of which are on display.
Besides the various onsen, at the edge of the city, Beppu also has an aquarium featuring dolphins at the base of Takasaki-yama (mt. Takasaki), which is known for its large population of wild
Beppu "Hatto" Hot Spring Areas
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* [http://www.city.beppu.oita.jp/51englishpage/index.html Beppu official website]
* [http://www.beppu-navi.jp/lsb/english/index.htm Beppu Navi homepage]
* [http://japan-guide.com/e/e4702.html Information about the "hells" hot springs]
* [http://sightseeing.in-japan.jp/2007/05/backyard_beppu_onsen.html Backyard Beppu Onsen]
* [http://www.apu.ac.jp Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University]
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