Right in the heart of Hatto is a place that best gives off the real feel of an onsen, called Kannawa Hot Springs. Surrounded by the vastness of rising vapor, it is definitely a scenery that symbolizes and represents Beppu.
The rough “hell” – called Kuberiyu-no-i – was developed by Ippen Shonin during the Kamakura Period. The area around the mushiyu (steam bath) has since become the heart of Kannawa, and many public baths (that may be used for a minimal fee) as well as souvenir shops have thrived along the narrow and winding roads in the locale. There are also many unique lodgings and inns that take in guests that come from far places, thus making it the primary representative of Beppu’s hot springs.