Beppu is a nice small city I don't know about sightseeing except hotel by the seaside which can be reach within 10 minute walk from station.
There are one small department store which is old but there are Muji and Starbuck inside. If I have more time I will visit Beppu and have a good relaxation onset again.
I did not find visiting all eight of the Jigoku was necessary; to me, the Umi (Sea) and the (Chinoike) hells were the most interesting.
The sand bath was a unique experience; I went to the one on the beach: good view and hot sand, but the noise from the adjacent freeway can reduces the relaxation quality. A good area for fresh local eats is the fresh food market directly under the rail lines south of the station. This is not the grocery store, but a row of produce vendors, fish markets, and cooked food vendors that stretches about a couple of blocks long.
I have been in Tanayu onsen and it is very fun for me, everything is comfortable and you can get a great night view in here.
1/ Not much happening at night (you'd better off to stay at Kokura) 2/ The hells were OK but not great 3/ Onsens etc are quite enjoyable however
facilities at the Hot Sand Spa on the Beach at Beppu is very good but too small and facilities not well managed.
Changing room facilities should be extended by at least three times to cater for good customer service.
It is basically a city on hotspring, smoking everywhere. The onsens are great. Probably a bit hot for spring bathing in summer time.
If you find yourself on Kyushu, this is a nice area to visit. It's a nicer place to stay than Beppu -- a nice, modern city on a small scale with many conveniences.
There's even a foreign-accessible ATM at the train station.
Beppu is famous for 2 things, the Hells and the Onsens. The Hells were kind of a mixed bag. Some were interesting, but others seemed to not really have much of a point to them.
I went to all of them and was really saddened by how many of them had poorly kept animals on display which isn't something that normally bothers me... they were that bad. While visiting the hells and Beppu in general, you should try eating some of the food that has been cooked by the water and steam from the natural hot springs. Going to at least one onsen is a must in Beppu. There are a lot to choose from and many are very cheap. They range from extremely old and traditional to large and modern. There are also free foot baths and the like along some streets. Beppu is also famous for its sand onsens, so give that a try too. The information desk inside Beppu station was extremely helpful and the area around the station is pretty good for restaurants although it is the typical Japanese train station selection.
Beppu boasts the highest amount of hot spring water in Japan. Yufuin is famous as one of the best hot-spring resorts in Japan.
You can enjoy the beauty of Japan with its hot springs, as well as stone Buddhist images in Kunisaki Peninsula, Yabakei, the national treasure Usa Jingu, and Bungotakada, where a town from Showa 30's has been brought back to life.
We had a great time at Beppu-onsen. very ralaxing when stay in this city. there are many onsen ,There are many onsen separate baths for men and women.
Many tourism attraction and close to each other, easy to reach. Many good small restaurant, such as Bungo Beef Somuri, Kogetsu (gyoza & beer, Genova (italian ice cream)
BEPPU has alot to offer if you like Japanese Onsens and a panoramic view of the oceans and mountains that look like a poor mans Vancouver.
I may be wrong and often am but I think you`d need Japanese person or speaker to show you around to really enjoy the local attractions.
Beppu is an oldish town with time worn structures. It is a much slower pace than Hakata and Yufuin that we visited.
We walked through one arched arcade selling kimonos, vegetables, bamboo items, etc. The signs, photos takes you back to what it must have been like half a century ago. We walked from our hotel to find Takegawara Onsen. The walk back was delightful - saw stray cats, owners with their pet dogs, lovely flowers growing. Two days was enough to cover what we wanted to see and do. If you get up before 5 a.m. you can watch the town wake up - it is very beautiful to watch the sun rise and the reflection of the sun rising on the water is something I have never witnessed before.