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Exploring Beppu’s Natural Hot Springs

One of Oita Prefecture’s main draws is its wealth of hot springs. This area is famous throughout Japan for its many onsen houses, and Beppu is at the heart of that. If you’re in the area, finding the perfect bathhouse isn’t hard to do and it can be one of the most relaxing ways to start or end your day.

  • Horita Onsen

    Horita Onsen

    Horita Onsen

    The Horita Onsen area has several onsen facilities and steam can be seen rising over the hills in the early morning. The main Horita Onsen is quite affordable at only 210 yen for adults and 100 yen for children. One of the other appealing aspects of this onsen is that guests with tattoos are allowed. A popular onsen among locals, it’s best to arrive early to get a good spot in the modestly-sized baths.

  • Shiraito no Taki

    Shiraito no Taki

    Shiraito no Taki

    Shiraito no Taki bathhouse, named after a nearby waterfall, is definitely worth checking out. This onsen requires you to rent a private room, but a private bathing area is only 1,000 yen for 50 minutes, so it’s quite affordable. After your visit, be sure to walk over to the falls to get some pictures before you go.

  • Kannawa Onsen

    Kannawa Onsen

    Kannawa Onsen

    The Kannawa Onsen area is a popular place where many locals go for their daily baths. This area is known for its winding alleys and thick blankets of steam. With nearly a dozen bathhouses to choose from, it can be hard to choose.

  • Shibu no Yu

    Shibu no Yu

    Shibu no Yu

    Shibu no Yu is one of the area’s public bathhouses. Like many of the area’s bathhouses, they don’t have attendants on hand to accept money, but they do have coin deposit boxes where guests are expected to leave 100-200 yen for their visit. It goes without saying that you should be sure to bring along a towel and anything else you might need.

  • Myoban yu no Sato

    Myoban yu no Sato

    Myoban yu no Sato

    This onsen is great if you feel like bathing outdoors in a serene natural environment; it’s also one of the few places in Japan where you can enjoy a mud bath. Along with the onsen area, there are also other things to do here. There’s a restaurant where you can eat pudding cooked using the hot spring’s natural steam.

  • Yu no Hanagoya

    Yu no Hanagoya

    Yu no Hanagoya

    Adjacent to the bathing facilities, the Yu no Hanagoya huts collect mineral deposits from the springs. The gift shop sells the mineral deposits so you can use them at home as bath salts.

  • Takegawara Onsen

    Takegawara Onsen

    Takegawara Onsen

    If you’re looking to experience a more traditional onsen, Beppu’s Takegawara Onsen is a uniquely historical bathhouse. The original building was built over a century ago and was rebuilt in the late 1930s. Along with bathing facilities, Takegawara also offers hot sand baths. You can relax on the sand, which is heated by the spring, while an attendant covers you with sand up to your neck. Admission to the bathing facilities is only 100 yen, while amenities, such as shampoo and towels, are extra. It costs 1,030 yen to take a hot sand bath.

    It’s important to note that you may be asked to leave or denied entry if you have tattoos, depending on the rules of the onsen house. Japan is relatively safe, but it’s best to leave valuables in your room, as some bathhouses don’t have lockers.

    堀田温泉
    Address
    大分県別府市堀田
    Phone
    0977-21-1111
    鉄輪温泉
    Address
    大分県別府市大字鉄輪335-1
    Phone
    0977-21-1111
    Shibunoyu
    Address
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa Bath book 16
    Phone
    0977661767
    myouban yunosato
    Address
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Myouban Six pairs
    Phone
    0977668166
  • 湯の花小屋
    Address
    大分県別府市明礬4組
    Phone
    0977-66-3228
    別府温泉
    Address
    大分県別府市北浜
    Phone
    0977-24-2828
    Takegawara Onsen
    Address
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Motomachi 16-23
    Phone
    0977231585
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