Japan has lots of great choices for DIY cooking adventures. Yakiniku, where you barbecue meat on a grill, or shabu shabu, where you boil meat and veggies in water are two popular options. Beppu, in Oita Prefecture, has one of the most unique DIY meal options though - steaming your eats through the power of Mother Nature! The city is well known for having many onsen, and they use the natural surroundings to their advantage from a cooking perspective, too.
Jigoku mushi literally translates to "hell steaming", and you can have the chance to steam your own lunch at Jigoku Mushi Kobo Kannawa. There is plenty available to choose from on the menu, from seafood and meats to eggs and veggies, all of which are provided to you in wire baskets to pop into steam ovens. It makes for a very unique (and delicious!) eating experience, and is one of the most memorable lunches I've enjoyed during my time in Japan.
Jigoku Mushi Kobo Kannawa is located in Beppu, Oita Prefecture. The closest station is Beppudaigaku, but the premises is still approximately 30 minutes walk from there. Taxis are available from the station if you'd prefer to get there faster!
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I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.