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Hyotan Hot Springs, Beppu

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  • We came here for the Sand bath experience after reading the reviews. This place is relatively new and clean. It looks like it has been renovated and the baths are huge. There are many baths and...  more »
  • Came here especially for sand bath experience. I didn’t perspire much but the warm sand felt comfortable on my back. It’s not easy to cover the sand by yourself but it’s doable. There’s no drinking....  more »
  • Happy at this place, there are sand bath (self service) and onsen. The onsen fee 780 yen is separate from sand bath fee (380 yen), you have to buy towel or rent it at the counter.  more »
  • Nice hot spring with long history. Outside path is large and nice. Waterfall style one is interesting for a massage. Would recommend going super early or late to avoid massive crowds as when crowded would not be a great experience. Also bring own towels and comb.
  • Well maintained onsen. Relatively inexpensive.
  • Came on Thursday late afternoon and it wasn't busy which made the place more enjoyable. If it would have been busy I am not sure I would have enjoyed it. Not too sure why its the only onsen in the michelin guide. Baths were not hot unless you sit under the spouts. Entry is 750 yen for adult, 200 yen for small towel you can keep or 100 yen for large towel to return.
  • Hyotan is probably one of the most popular onsen among foreigners. It can get terribly busy as tour buses unload hordes of tourists so it's good to visit really early or quite late. Entrance is ¥750, after 18:00 is ¥560, using the sandbath is an extra ¥330 (for the yukata rental) and finally private bath is ¥2150 per room for one hour. Operating hours 09:00-25:00 (private bath until 24:00). Shampoos are provided, you need to bring your own towel, there is parking. Entering you put your shoes at the shoe locker, use the vending machine to purchase your ticket and give it to the reception together with your shoe locker key, they will give you your free locker key. Proceeding there is an open courtyard with tables which connects to the changing rooms-baths, resting area and restaurant. I have used only the public bath, two times until now. There are many showers to wash and different types of tubs. Rock tub, a wooden cypress tub, another tub shaped as a gourd (hyotan), all these are medium sized tubs, there is a small walking onsen path with pebbles, then there is a large size outdoor tub with rocks, a steam sauna with two rooms, normal around 43 degrees Celsius and hot around 54 degrees Celsius - one room of steam sauna in the female bath, a cold tub to wash off you sweat after the sauna (or cold shower) and finally the "waterfalls", water falling from tubes from above which can massage your body, 19 for male, 8 for female. The 2nd time I visited, there was a used bandaid at the bottom of the rock tub and most of the tubs were not really hot. Further more I felt that no matter how long I stayed inside the water my body wouldn't retain the heat which is the case with most of the onsens I've experienced. The installations are impressive but I believe this onsen is not representative of Beppu where you can find some really authentic onsen with very friendly locals, as long as you know where to look and have basic onsen etiquette and manners. Gensen kakenagashi.
  • Excellent hot spring with several baths. They have a sand bath, but it was pretty underwhelming. If you do it, you have to pay an additional ¥330, and I recommend you lay in the hot sand. Warm sand feels no different than room temperature sand. Definitely try the stream baths.

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