Those who go to hell in Japan should not forget their towel. Meaning, those who are going to Beppu, a Japanese city nicknamed Hell of Japan because the steam can be seen everywhere. The reason for this is not some prince of darkness, but an active volcano just 100 kilometers away. This ensures that tons of hot water flow daily from the many floor openings in the city in the prefecture of Ôita. With more than 2,700 hot springs, Beppu is the leader in the island nation and second only to Yellowstone National Park in the US. Of the thousands of sources, seven have become particularly famous: The Beppu Hells truly deserve their nickname. They are so hot that bathing in them would be deadly. It is safe to swim in almost 170 public baths (onsen). The waters of the local hot springs are said to have special cleansing and healing powers.
As the region's first international luxury resort, the ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa now offers a unique blend of traditional hot-spring culture with contemporary design, award-winning dining, and world-class service.
The resort offers two large outdoor onsens. The private onsen rooms provide a modern onsen experience in an upscale space with luxurious sofa bed, bath, and minimalist design. At the heart of the resort is the infinity pool, which connects the sky with the view of the hot springs of Beppu. In collaboration with the luxurious Thai spa brand HARNN, the spa offers a range of bespoke treatments and therapies using natural materials along with a rich aroma scent to rejuvenate the mind and body. In keeping with the city's tradition, the 89 rooms and ten suites have been designed with local materials and a minimalist style.