Do you need a volunteer tour guide in Beppu?

Dear Visitors to Beppu, Oita-pref.,

We welcome you to our website. If you need a local tour guide in Beppu, please click the title, "To request a volunteer guide", listed on the top-right of this page. If you agree with our policy, click "Agree" at the bottom and fill out the request form and follow the instructions.

Thank you for your interest on our organization.

Kuni Kumamoto
Beppu SGG Club (d.b.a. Beppu Friendly Guide Club: BFGC)

Winter is here!

Beppu is in the midst of winter and it's getting colder and colder here. Even in cold winter, however, you can enjoy a lot of things including "Muhyo viewing" at the top of Mt. Tsurumi, 1375-meter high above sea level.

"Muhyo" at the top of the Mt. Tsurumi .

Muhyo is a tree branch covered with iced frost which you can see on very cold winter mornings. Americans call it a frost rime. 

To get to the top of Mt. Tsurumi, you can take Beppu Ropeway. It provides you a comfortable ride with a panoramic view from 9:00 to 16:30 daily. 

Many foreign tourists visit Beppu even in the winter season to enjoy onsen hot springs in the city of Beppu because it gives you more peaceful time to bathe in the onsen on chilly days.              Additionally, Beppu has many kinds of local foods that fit with the cold weather. 


                                                Special Announcement

Re: The Change of Organization Name

The Beppu Friendly Guide Club has changed its official name to Beppu SGG Club as of April 1, 2016.
Activities, the blog name and e-mail address remain unchanged. Meanwhile, guide fee has been slightly reduced as shown in the tariff page. Please refer each labels on the blog.
Thank you for your warm support and cooperation to us.


Visitors from Kingdom of Bahrain

 15 Beautiful Bahrain Ladies Visited the Kitsuki Castle Town

February 4th, 2015, BFGC had an opportunity to guide fifteen charming ladies from the Kingdom of Bahrain in Kitsuki. They joined a two-week Japanese studying program sponsored by Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu.

Kitsuki Castle

Kitsuki has been getting more popular with foreign tourists for its unique ambience of the old castle town. It preserves a series of the Edo era samurai houses or warrier's residences in mid-19th century. The townscape of Kitsuki is the best fit with people strolling in kimono.
Ohara's residence, one of the typical samurai houses recently restored by the city.

Bahrain girls strolling in kimono dress on a back street of samurai town.

A woman tea master demonstrating the tea ceremony for Bahrain girls.
Bahrain girls get seated together on the veranda of an old samurai house.

Strolling through a gentle slope between the lines of samurai houses. 

Mr. Okamoto, one of the most experienced BFGC guides, holding his pose with a Bahrain girl.



Field Training at Usuki city

Four BFGC members explored Usuki city on January 16, 2013 for a field training. Main sites of the training were Usuki Sekibutsu (stone Buddhas), one of the national important cultural assets, and the downtown around the ruin of Usuki castle.

Participants of the field training
 It takes a little over an hour from JR Beppu station to the Usuki Stone Buddhas by JR and local bus. The Usuki Stone Buddhas are a set of beautiful statues carved from hardened volcanic ash. 59 statues were designated as a national treasure in 1995. It is believed that they were created in the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1185-1333) periods, however it is unknown who made them or for what purpose . Much remains a mystery. Admission is 530 yen for adult.

A part of the ruin of Usuki castle

Usuki castle was built in 1556 by Otomo Sorin, a christian daimyo.
A street with white walls in Usuki city
A private houses and a back street
An old  samurai house



Travel Mart in Kitsuki city

Three members of Beppu Friendly Guide Club (BFGC) joined the Travel Mart held in Kitsuki city on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Twenty-eight delegates from thirteen countries and some twenty people from local merchants and the tourism related personparticipated in the meeting.
                                                         Tea Ceremony
                                                       Lunch at Wakaeya
                                                    Business card exchange
                                               Presentation by local business
                                                  Matcha Tea with sweet
                                                         Group photo (1)
                                                       Group photo (2)

Our members helped Kitsuki city staff guide overseas delegates in an old castle town tour including Ohara-tei samurai house, Nohmi-tei samurai house where all the participants experienced Japanese traditional tea ceremony, Waraku-an and so on.

After taking lunch at Wakaeya restaurant, the local participants made presentation to overseas delegates and exchanged business cards with them.