Takegawara Onsen

Recommended
Dating from the Meiji period (1879), this venerable institution has retained its magnificent wooden architecture that transports visitors back to another era. The interior is impossibly quaint and bathed in a soft half-light. Here, visitors are buried up to their necks in vats of black and burning sand before rinsing off and taking a dip in the hot (extremely hot!) bath of iron-rich water.

Useful information

Address:

Beppu

Opening hours

hot sand bath: 8am-10.30pm; ¥1,030 - regular bath: 6.30am-10.30pm; ¥100 - closed 3rd Wed Dec

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