Beppu, the Japanese spa resort on the island of Kyushu, is famous for its onsen — natural hot springs.

Denis Loctier, Euronews: “In Japan, underground heat turns into a rather heavenly experience for many tourists visiting the hot spring town of Beppu.”

Some of Beppu’s spectacular hot springs are open for viewing only, while others provide an unmatched range of bathing experiences. In the local microclimate warm enough for tropical plants and even crocodiles, onsen offer a relaxing and healthful repose.

Keiichirou Kawaguchi, Onsen expert: “Beppu has the highest number and the richest variety of hot springs. There’s no other place like it. That’s the reason Beppu is considered world’s number one.”

From hot water and steam to mud and sand baths, Beppu has more than 2000 onsen — a warm welcome all year round.

Denis

Denis Loctier is a senior Euronews NBC science and nature correspondent, producer and presenter of the "Ocean" documentary series. Since 2001, he has produced TV documentaries on more than 150 international research projects and covered a variety of other topics, from international politics and military conflicts to economy and tourism. He holds a double PhD degree in philology and information and communication sciences.

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