Mar 31, 2014

Announcement



Notice


As of April 1, 2014, FTIO will reform its body from a private organization to a General Corporation. Based on this reform, the name of the new organization will be Beppu International Plaza (BIP). 

BIP will provide the wide range of tourist information to foreign visitors to Beppu and the surrounding areas as in the past.
At the same time, BIP will expand its roll to help foreign people who live in the city through various types of activities including Japanese language class, calligraphy class and cross-cultural meeting.
Additionally, BIP will provide English, Korean and Chinese classes for Beppu locals to be able to communicate with foreign people as well as for BIP staff to enhance their activities.

We really appreciate your understanding and continuous cooperation to our new organization.

We remain yours truly,

Fusho Yamamoto
Director

Best shots in Beppu from a tourist

These photos were taken by a tourist from abroad.


<Jigokumushi-Kobo:Steam cooking Kitchen>


steam cooking! natural and healthy. you will operate by yourself, very unique and amazing experience! and food is tasty~


<Umi-Jigoku>
one of the 8 hells, blue as the sea


<Lake Shidaka>

breathtaking!



Thank you very much for sending us postcard-worthy photos.
We are so glad you had a wonderful time in Beppu.
Hope you come back to Beppu in the near future.

                                                                                                                        From FTIO staff

Sep 19, 2013

The 54rd Kannawa Yuami Festival

The 54th Kannawa Yuami Festival is going to be held this weekend ( Sep. 21st 〜23rd) in Kannawa Onsen Area to thank 'Ippen Shonin', a notable Buddhist priest, for his dedication to the development of Kannawa Onsen. This area has flourished as an ONSEN resort, since 'Ippen Shonin' developed it in the 13th century.




 'Ippen Shonin' founded 'Onsenzan-Eifukuji'



During the festival,  the Kannawa locals wash and clean the wooden statue of 'Ippen Shonin', which is usually kept in 'Onsenzan-Eifukuji' Temple, in hot-spring facilities such as 'Mushiyu' and 'Shibunoyu'. This Buddhism ceremony called as 'Yuami-Houyou'  is  held on Sep.23.


▼Other events on Sep. 21st〜 23rd
● Rice cake making : Sep 21 11:00〜
● Flea market : Sep. 22  10:00〜17:00
● Dedicatory dances : Sep. 22 19:00〜20:30
● Free admission to Mushiyu : Sep 23 6:30〜20:00
● The chigo Parade : Sep. 23 11:30〜

See Beppu Navi for photos taken in the last year event.. 
Please visit FTIO Kannawa Office for more information.

(AW)

Aug 31, 2013

Best shot by a visitor from Ireland


Futuristic transport - 'Steam' bike

Zigzag your way across the hills from Beppu to Kannawa by bike, enjoy the hot spring mountain and sea views and when you run out of steam, rest & recuperate in a natural hot bath.

Caroline Fahey
West of Ireland.
Sent from my Sony Ericsson Xperia ray





Dear Ms. Fahey



Thank you very much for sending us the impressive photo. We are so sorry for posting it too late. 
We hope you had a great time in Beppu. Please come back again!!

                                                                                                                        From FTIO staff


(AW)

Aug 29, 2013

Hamawaki Yakushi Festival

Hamawaki Yakushi Matsuri, a local community festival in Beppu, is going to take place in Hamawaki Onsen area this weekend  (8/30〜9/1). This will hold a service for Hamawaki Yakushi Nyorai (Healing Budda).




Major events:

● 'Oiran' parade:  8 p.m., August 31th
People wearing  kimono will parade throughout the town. 
In case of rain, this parade will be postponed to the following day.

● Admission Free for Hamawaki Onsen:  August 30th 〜 September 1st



● 'Furyuu Mitate Zaiku' display:  August 26th 〜 September 1st.
More than 20 works made of bamboo, plastic and other matelials by local residents are displayed.  These works are designated as a Beppu City's intangible folklore cultural asset.








▼ Beppu Navi  Last year's photos are on this site.


(AW)

Aug 5, 2013

Resumption of the normal operation on the Houhi Main Line

The JR Houhi Main Line, which had been suspended between MIYAJI station and BUNGO TAKETA due to the train track damage by heavy rain last year, resumed on the 4th of August.


●  Kyushu Odan Tokkyu              4 services / day  

 
 BEPPU Station               ASO Station

     7:52                  →          9:57     
   11:44                  →        13:44
   14:46                  →        16:47
   18:30                  →        20:28
  
 (AW)

Jul 27, 2013

An exhibition of works by woodblock artist, "Mr. Ezaki Mitsuru"


Open: 7/20(Sat.) - 7/28(Sun.) 
Time : 10:00 - 17:00 everyday  / last day 7/28(Sun.) until 15:00
Entrance fee : Free
Place : Fujiya Gallery "Hanayamomo" at Kannawa Onsen area, 
           about 20-minute bus ride from Beppu station

Further information of this exhibition is available at three FTIO offices in Beppu city.


A poster of this exhibition

At the entrance of Gallery
His works at 2F

(TG)