Kannawa mushiyu

Beppu has several steam baths, which shouldn’t be overlooked. For 740 years, the Kannawa steam bath has been a favorite of travellers. A steam bath is basically a sauna and is usually made from stone. The Kannawa steam baths, or “mu-shi-yu” as they are called in Japanese, are a popular destination for people who want to have a good sweat. This particular bath was originally opened in the year 1276 by the High Priest Ippen Shonin. A statue dedicated to him can be seen just outside the bathhouse. The stone floors are covered with Japanese sweet flag grass, which gives off a relaxing herbal smell. After changing into a bathrobe, [Read more…]

Kitahama Onsen Termas

This onsen facility was opened in 1998. You can enjoy a wide variety of baths such as a steam mist bath, sauna, bubbling baths and a large outdoor bath with a great view of Beppu Bay. Bathing suits are required.

Teruyu Onsen

This onsen is located in Myoban-Onsen Area. It takes 20 minutes by bus from JR Beppu station. You get off “Teruyu” bus stop. Type of Onsen : Simple spring

Beppu Beach Sand Bath

This outdoor sand bath has been re-opened since 1986. It is a unique experience. After changing into a ‘Yukata”, you will lie down and get covered from neck to toe with sand that is warmed by natural hot springs. This is called “Sunakake-san”. “Suna” means sand and “kake” means covering. While you are easing your muscles in the warm sand, you can enjoy the view of the beautiful blue ocean. This is a relaxing experience that can be enjoyed solo or with a group as up to 10 people can bath at once.

Takegawara Onsen

This onsen was originally built in 1879 and has a long history as one of Beppu’s most famous bath houses. It has been renovated a few times since then, but the wooden roof that was built in 1938 has been a symbol of Beppu’s hot spring resort. Along with the regular bath house, it also offers indoor sand baths.Even if you don’t go inside, the distinctive and traditional building alone is worth a visit.

Yu no Sato

Here you can find several straw huts called “Yunohana Goya” woven out of bamboo and straw for the purpose of producing “Yunohana” crystals. Yunohana is a bath salt containing hot spring components and is a specialty of the Myoban area. Yunohana Goya huts are built on locations with an abundance of gas emissions. In order to produce these bath salts, many stones called “Kuri-ishi” in Japanese, are spread on the ground so that the hot spring gas can disperse equally throughout the hut. It is also covered with a blue clay that is specific to this area. These crystals are formed by the chemical reaction between hydrogen sulfide gas in [Read more…]