In Beppu, there is a virtual museum called Beppu Onsen Geo-Museum. This museum is run by a non-profit organization of the same name, and its members are hot spring experts including professors at Kyoto University’s Institute for Geothermal Sciences. The museum has three pillars: the museum on the internet, field activities, and giving lectures on Beppu hot springs. 1) The internet museum provides information about Beppu hot springs which have been gained through wide-ranging researches in natural, medical, social, and cultural sciences. Click here to visit their site (in Japanese). Click here to visit their English page. 2) As field activities, they offer 15 hiking courses, or “geo-hikes”, visiting Beppu’s different hot spring areas. Several times a year, Kyoto University’s professor of geology, Prof. Keiji Takemura, gives guided tours of some of the courses. Click here to see the courses and to download the course maps (only in Japanese). 3) They offer a lecture on hot spring related topics at Beppu City Public Hall every month. The topics include hot spring science, hot springs and health, Beppu’s geographical and geological features, and attractive features of Beppu hot springs.