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Takegawara Onsen (hot spring) is an old public bath established in 1879. The current building built in 1938 has a magnificent air since it was built using Karahafu, a roof shape unique to Japan from 800s, and is designated as a registered tangible cultural property. In this building, there are baths for men and women, as well as their special feature, a sand bath. Sand bath involves warming up your body by covering it with warm sand heated by onsen. Your mind and body will be relaxed when you get warm in this retro atmosphere onsen.
- 16-23 Motomachi, Beppu-shi, Oita
- 10-min walk from Beppu Station on JR
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 6:30-22:30 (Sand bath 8:00-21:30)
Sand bath closes on 3rd Wednesdays of the month (Closed on next day, if Wednesday is a holiday)
- Official Website
- Admission fee
- 110 yen for bath, 1,050 yen for sand bath (Yukata for sand bath included)
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Famous sand bath
The sand bath of Takegawara Onsen is a unisex facility. After you lay on the sand wearing a special yutaka (summer cotton kimono), a staff member called "Sunakake-san" covers your body with sand. The sand heated by onsen will warm you up to the core.
Onsen effective for muscle pain and burns
Takegawara Onsen is a hydrogen carbonate spring and is said to be effective for muscle pain, cuts, burns and problems with digestive organs. Despite it being inside, the ceiling is high, so the atmosphere is very relaxing. Make yourself at home at the lobby that has a feel of 1930's Japan.
Takegawara-Koji: perfect path to go for a stroll after onsen
Takegawara-Koji near Takegawara-Onsen is the oldest arcade shopping street in Japan that was opened in 1921. As the sun goes down, lanterns under the eaves are lit up, and it turns into a true view of retro Japan. Many foreign tourists enjoy the stroll in the crowd of locals.