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Address: 16-23 Motomachi, Beppu, Oita Prefecture
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Being a newbie to public onsen, my first observation was it does not match the facilities found in the private/hotel onsen. Nonetheless, it was reasonable clean and we had the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being a newbie to public onsen, my first observation was it does not match the facilities found in the private/hotel onsen. Nonetheless, it was reasonable clean and we had the bath all to ourselves when we went early in the morning. Being buried in warm wet sand may not sound much different from a day at he beach, but there... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

It helps if you bring your own towel but if not they have them for sale. Men and women are buried in sand together so bring your camera into the sand.bath and they will take photo of you

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Great old building and sand bath was heaven! Definitely worth it! And the onsen was hot enough and ladies were great to talk to! Am going back 👍

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

My daughter couldn't do the hot sand onsen because of her skin condition and she can't stand heat but it was so worth it for the rest of our party. I thought I was going to get claustrophobic but just start breathing slow and it feels so good. The weight of the sand on you is so relaxing, it's just... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

A very old building. We have a great fun on it. Staff are very nice and helpful. Better to go there in the early morning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

The architecture of the building is beautiful and the building itself is very old (apparently from the 19th century). I only tried the sand bath but it was a pretty good experience. Naked under your Japanese shirt (provided by the onsen), the only thing you have to do it's to let the staff (friendly ladies speaking a basic but understandable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Impressive old building. Has a unique indoor sand bath in a big room, looks good and the sand bath is really relaxing. Very nice staff and atmosphere.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

The building itsself is worth visiting. Here come the Japanes themselves; we didn't meet any tourist. In the middle of the red light district. We waited only 20 minutes, before we entered the dressingroom. In a kind of kimono we were burried under the hot sand by friendly older women. They made pictures of us after request. For only 10... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

As you can see from the picture this is an old and traditional bath house!!! I loved the atmosphere it brings into the area. This public bath is famous for sand bath. You can book a time on arrival. You get changed into Yukata and walk into the sand bath area. The ladies on the job will tell you where... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Oldest and most famous onsen in Beppu. Impressive old building, which is located in the brothel district. The bath itself is exceedingly simple. There are a few lockers, but no showers or soaps or towels provided. The bath had several older women doing what seemed to be their regular bathing routine. The bath was down a set of stairs. The... More 

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