In Beppu’s Kannawa district steam derived from volcanic activity deep below the earth seems to rise up from every crevice in the ground. Onsen hot spring baths are plentiful here but a lesser known attraction is jigoku-mushi steamed cooking. Locals use public facilities that harness the plentiful steam to prepare their food to perfection. At Yanagi-ya, a delightful ryokan traditional inn with some modern flourishes, jigoku-mushi is available to visitors.

Japan, Oita, 別府市Kannawa, 779鐵輪溫泉

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A fun and ecological way of cooking using water vapour from the earth's unlimited geo-thermal resources.

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