How to go from Beppu to Aso ? 

The train Aso Boy with a Japan Rail Pass

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Aso Boy train with a Japan Rail Pass
From Beppu you can reach the Aso Caldera with the train Aso Boy or the train Kyushu Odan Tokkyu. There is only one direct train per day (departure from Beppu - 10h05, departure from Aso - 15h11) .

0KM - BEPPU stationBeppu is the second most volcanic area in the world, after Yellowstone, with over 3 000 onsen (hot springs) peppering the city with their pearly plumes of steam. See below for more information. 
12 KM - 0h10 - OITA stationJapanese come from all over the country to the hot spring city of Oita, a busy port on the inland sea, facing the island of Shikoku, to enjoy the famous fugu (puffer fish). Change here to the JR Kyudai Line for the small hot spring resort town of Yufuin.
From Oita station you can reach Fukuoka (Hakata Station) with the Limited Express Sonic

Beppu city
60 KM - 1H15 - OGATA(OITA) stationNearby Harajiri Falls is nicknamed the Oriental Niagara, but at only twenty meters high, they are a bit smaller.
85 KM - 1H45 - BUNGO-OGI stationThe beef of the Bungo Region rivals any in Japan. Do stop here for lunch if you have a chance.
107 KM - 2H10 -MIYAJI stationOnce a year, tourists and locals gather at Aso Shrine for the Hifuri Shinji Fire Swinging Ritual. The shrine is a twenty-minute walk north of the station.
Mount Nakadake in Kyushu
110 KM - 2H15 - ASO stationMT. ASO is one of the most impressive volcanoes in Japan and the caldera has a circumference of over 100 km. Within it there are five active volcanic peaks. As these are active, there are sometimes closures due to build-up of volcanic gas. We would advise people with breathing diffiiculties to pass on this. The most accessible of the five peaks is Mt. Nakadake, which is accessed by a 40-minute bus ride from Aso Station and then either a ropeway or a 30-minute walk. On reaching the top you can look into the crater and see the volcanic energy at work and you may even recognise some views from the James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’.

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Where to eat in Fukuoka ?

What to see ?
For a traditional dip try Hyotan Onsen with its ‘bury yourself’ sand bath and waterfall massage shower or, for a more modern but nonetheless Japaneses oak, try Suginoi palace, where you can bathe with a panoramic view of Beppu. If you are not going to be traveling down to Kagoshima, here is the place to have a hot sand bath on the beach.

After a thorough soaking, make your way to one or twoof the ominously named ‘hells’; eight spectacular hot springs forviewing rather than bathing. There is no need to see all of them but don’t miss the vivid blue Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell) surrounded by a beautiful garden and free onsen foot bath. 
Where to eat in Fukuoka ?

Where to stay ?
Sprawling ryokan resort nestled in the western hills of Beppu. Rooms of all sizes and prices, aswell as a giant onsen with views of the whole city and the ocean.E1 Kankaiji, Beppu, Oita, 874-0822
N09 7724 1141 / www.suginoi-hotel.com/english/

An inexpensive andhomey hostel with private rooms and dorms, very close to boththe station and hot springs.
1-12 Ekimae-cho, Beppu, Oita, 874-0935
080-4642-9044 / beppu-e.cloud-line.com 
Where to eat in Fukuoka ?

Where to eat ?
Serving one of Beppu’s well-known dishes, toriten (chicken tempura), a small grill that datesback 60 years. From the east exit of Beppu Station, walk down the main Ekimae Road, take the third right, then the second left onto Shingu Street. The restaurant is on the left.
Open 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays.

CHIKUDEN 別府北浜季節料理ちくでん
Delicious mackerel sushi that changes depending on the local fish in season. From the east exit of Beppu Station, walk down the main Ekimae Road, take the fourth right, then the second left onto Shingu Street.
Open daily, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
09-7725-2277 / www.chikuden.com 

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