Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Monkey Time - Winter Travel - Day Four - 2nd Day in Beppu

I was so caught up on posting before my trip and then got all kinds of behind again, but here I am, catching up. Anyway, I left off with a bunch of kinds of hell, in a rush to see monkeys. So, monkey time it was.

Mt. Takasaki (or Takasakiyama, you pick) is a mountain just a 10 minute bus ride from Beppu Station where wild monkeys live and hang out and do monkey stuff. It's also where camera toting, monkey loving visitors visit.
Monkey Time
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Takasakiyama, Beppu
Beppu

Monkey Time, Japan Time
Beppu

Monkey Time, with Leaves
Beppu

Monkey Time, Now with Extra Cuteness
Beppu

Monkey Time on a Fence with a View of Beppu Bay
Beppu

Onsen Time
Bathing naked with strangers just never got old. This is one of the most famous onsens in Beppu. I did the hot sand bath, and the warmth and the weight felt great. Another picture I did not get to take, but it was nice.
Takegawara Onsen
Beppu

Go Go Nights, Super Loose Time
Onsen areas tend to have a bit of this kind of stuff. Bonus for fun signs.
Beppu

Bus Time. Again. Still.
As I mentioned, I feel like I was on a bus or waiting for a bus half the time I was in Beppu. It makes me appreciate cities with trains and trams and streetcars or at least frequent buses so much. Since I spent the other half of the time in Beppu relaxing in hot water, I suppose it's wash. No pun intended. I hate puns.
Beppu

One more onsen in the Kannawa Hotspring/Onsen area of Beppu (where I was staying) to undo the whole bus annoyance thing, and I was set. I went to Yumetamatebako Onsen, and it's another where I didn't get to take any pictures, but they have some on their site if you wonder. I got to sit in a steam chamber thing that looks like it could be something else (not sure what, though), and that was kind of cool. The place is on my good list for being only 500 yen but being a generally nice place for one last soak in Beppu.

Beppu at Night Time
The wonderful host at Happy Neko (the awesome place I stayed) took me on a night tour way up a big ass hill to Beppu Castle. The view was stunning. You could see steam coming up here and there, even in the night.
Beppu

After a good sleep, morning would be a ferry to the island of Shikoku and then making my way up to Matsuyama. This trip was only my second time to the island of Kyushu (the other time was for the Sumo trip) and my first to Shikoku. Doing my best to be places I've always wanted to go.

11 comments:

  1. that first monkey pic made me laugh...and oh, the sweet baby monkey!!!

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  2. Having a troop of monkeys hanging around like squirrels here is so amazing. Love the baby sitting on the steps.

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  3. Those monkey photos are amazing! I am loving this opportunity to follow your travels through your pics :)

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  4. Oh! You saw the monkeys! Thats so brilliant :) Also, what exactly is a hot sand bath?

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  5. Bathing. Naked. with. Strangers. I hope, at least, they were girls.

    Anyway.

    I've been lurking so much I just had to de-lurk long enough to say I am so glad you're getting around Japan as well as you are. What you're doing is the stuff of a lifetime - and you're doing it all in a year. You are amazing.

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  6. Those close ups of the baby monkey were so stinking cute!

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  7. Are you okay Maggie? It's been a while?

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  8. You disappeared, hey. Just wanted to let you know that I miss your posts, and hope everything is okay. :) Also? I have about two hundred cranes for you!

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  9. I'm sad you aren't around anymore. Update when you can. Love you always.

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  10. Just stopping by to check on you! Hope all is well. :)

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  11. The monky's are adorable!! I want one!

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