Located at almost center of Eastern Oita Prefecture, Beppu is already known well as the most famous Hot Springs Town in Japan among Korean visitors. Many people have heard about Beppu and visited, so many people might think that they have looked around enough of Beppu. But Beppu, where OLLE road passes, is different in looks from Beppu you remember and have ever imagined until now. In contrast to the bustle of famous Hot Springs Town, Beppu Course is calm and nature rich, that includes Aso Kuju National Park.
Beppu Course begins at Shidakako Lake, a Lake located at the height of 600m on the mountain, and ends at Shidakako Lake, so this course has same point from beginning to the end. Shidakako is a lake which was made by surrounding volcanic eruptions of Mt. Tsurumi about 1200 years ago, and its perimeter is around 2km surrounded by greenery where you feel more peaceful. Passing by the lake, forest road begins with quite cypress trees. Walk by forest road will make your heart heal like the peace of lake and will impress deeply in your mind. The road continues to observation tower brightening prospects in 360 degree, you can enjoy the superb view of Tsurumidake (altitude 1,375m) and Yufuin (altitude 1,584m) also called as Bungo-Huji. Leaving observation tower, on the way of quiet forest road, you can meet a pair of 500 years old big cypress trees that will let your sigh out. This cypress tree is standing at the entrance of Edako Community Center. Many of its branches are spread as mysteriously as you only see in dreams. Solemnness of cypress tree and mysterious road lead your steps again from Kagurameko lake to Shidakako lake, as start and end points, and will heal your mind peacefully.