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An extraordinary building, still getting use after many years . . . Very inexpensive. . . I enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Lezghy
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Traditional onsen and sand bath

A sand bath is something new to us so we thought we'd give it a try. You strip naked and put on a... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
John W
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Bangkok, Thailand
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16-23 Motomachi, Beppu, Oita Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Experience a sand bath - very different & very relaxing. The entire experience takes about 45 minutes (pre-bath shower; sand bath; after-bath shower; hot water spa).

Thank Geraldine F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

建物だけでも見る価値あり。中に入っても、変に近代化されていなくて、往年の雰囲気を味わえます。おすすめは砂湯。浴衣を着て、熱い砂に埋もれる砂サウナ。汗がドバドバ出て、気持ちいいです。日本の昔からある大衆浴場を体験したい人は、ぜひどうぞ。 It is worth seeing only by the building. When entering, it is not strangely modernized, you can taste the atmosphere of the past year. Recommended is Hot Sand Spa. It is a sand sauna buried in hot sand wearing a yukata. I have a...More

Thank Cruiser811771
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

An extraordinary building, still getting use after many years . . . Very inexpensive. . . I enjoyed the bath in the spacious bath house with high ceilings. The towel with a bag to carry it Is a fun souvenir

1  Thank Lezghy
Reviewed 12 June 2018

A sand bath is something new to us so we thought we'd give it a try. You strip naked and put on a robe and then a helpful lady will ask you to lie in a pit while she shovels hot sand on you so...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

This onsen goes way back—way way back! It’s a great place to try a traditional sand bath, in which you’ll get dressed in a robe and the staff will bury you in a hot sand pit for about 15 minutes. I’m not sure if there...More

1  Thank Marie H
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

The sand bath is worth a try at ¥1030; the regular hot bath is a bargain at ¥100. Be wary of the waiting times you are given for the sand bath - the "18 minutes" I was given turned into over an hour. The sand...More

Thank JindyJohn
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Great if you are looking for traditional place. Not great if you are looking for modern bath. Worth going;)

Thank damtur3
Reviewed 4 January 2018

My family of 5 visited Takegawara Spa last month we parked at a nearby parking lot per advice on website (but realised that if we had parked at the YOUME mall, it would have been free... and just as close by the place was very...More

Thank SingaporeMummy
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Takegawara Onsen, which is about 15 minutes' walk from JR Beppu station, is probably the most traditional Japanese public bath. The entrance is photogenic. It is said that Hayao Miyazaki got the idea of "Sen and Chihiro" from this building. If you have time, I...More

Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I came here to try the sand bath. It was the only sand bath onsen I went to in Beppu, and it was quite relaxing (I fell asleep). I definitely would recommend coming here to try the sand bath. The shower and bath afterwards isn't...More

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Response from Happy258 | Reviewed this property |
It is safe though I would not want to have my 8 year old having the weird experience of being buried alive . In addition the temperature maybe too hot for the child .
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