Our first outing in Beppu city was a trip to the Onsen. We were able relax naked in hotspring baths. Don't worry, we were separated by sex. There were even instructions on how to take an Onsen bath in Japan.
We also experienced a sand bath . A sand bath doesn't sound that appealing but it was relaxing. While wearing a robe and plastic disposal underwear, hot sand was placed on top of you just like when you are buried in sand at a beach.
We rode the Beppu ropeway (i.e cable car) to the top of Mount Tsurimi and we were treated with beautiful views of the mountains and the city of Beppu.
Futago temple was a stunning place to visit as the temple was located in the mountains.
Usa Shinto shrine was a delight to view as the buildings were a bright orange colour. It made for a nice contrasting colour against the green trees and plants.
I had a great vocational day as I visited the Beppu Mizobe Gakuen education complex. In the complex, there were 3 kindergarten schools, a high school and a college and a technical college. I had the chance to tour all the facilities and observe a few classes. The pictures below show part of the college. I observed classes in the nursing program, the personal support care worker program and the nutrition program.
We experienced the Hells tour of Beppu. We saw sights of the geothermal interest such as pools of bubbling mud, a geyser and coloured hotspring pools.