These Hot Springs in Japan Will Give You Smoother and Clearer Skin

Nature works in mysterious ways.


Taking a dip in a hot spring is one way of recharging and unwinding after a busy week traveling around Japan.  At Oita Prefecture, you can soak and relax in different kinds of first-rate hot springs while enjoying the benefits of skin enhancement.


Beppu Kaihin Sunayu (Beppu Beach Sand Bath)
Kami-shoningahama Town, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-97-766-5737
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during December to February (Reception is closed at 4 p.m.) and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March to November (Reception is closed at 6 p.m.). The establishment is open daily except on the 4th Wednesday. If the 4th Wednesday falls on a national holiday, then it is closed on the following day.
The admission fee is ¥1,030.


Feel the sea breeze while enjoying this natural skin-clearing beauty treatment.


The municipal steam bath at Shoningahama lets you have the unique experience of burying yourself in the sand and feeling the steam from the hot spring located 300 meters below. The pressure produced by the hot spring is good for blood circulation.


Aside from this, you can also take pleasure in a free foot bath on the site. Needless to say, the hot spring's location is picture perfect and offers you a beautiful view of Mt. Takasaki and the sea.


  The big sign along Japan National Route 10 serves as a guide to the beach sand bath.


Kannawa Mushiyu (Kannawa Steam Bath)
Kannawa-ue 1, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-97-767-3800
Open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except on the 4th Thursday. Reception is closed at 7:30 p.m. If the 4th Thursday falls on a national holiday, then it is closed on the following day.
The admission fee is ¥510 while the yukata (informal cotton kimono) rental is ¥210.


The rock chamber is about the size of 8 tatami mats. The steam rising from its grounds will help you achieve cleaner pores and smoother skin.  


Kannawa Mushiyu
is a historic hot spring facility that dates back to the Kamakura period. Inside the rock chamber, the ground is lined with medicinal herb and is then heated by the steam rising from down under. Sweat and feel great by experiencing the hot spring's detoxifying effect.


Takegawara Onsen
16-23, Motomachi, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-97-723-1585
The hot spring is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except on the 3rd Wednesday of December. Reception is closed at 9:30 p.m. If the 3rd Wednesday of December falls on a national holiday, then it is closed on the following day.
The sand bath is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except on the 3rd Wednesday. Reception is closed at 9:30 p.m. If the 3rd Wednesday falls on a national holiday, then it is closed on the following day.
The admission fee is ¥100 and  ¥1,030 for the sand bath.

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The sand bath can hold eight people at the same time.


Takegawara Onsen is a popular municipal hot spring with an undulating gable. The rare indoor bath spaces feature a chloride spring for the men's section and a carbonate spring for the women's section.   


Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land
5, Myoban, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-97-766-2221
Open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily throughout the year.
The admission fee is ¥1,100 for adults, ¥600 for elementary school students, and ¥350 for pre-school children.


Even though the onsen is mixed bathing, many women still use it to get glowing skin.


The mud bath at
Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land consists of high-temperature steam, nutritious mulch clay, and groundwater. Many people go to this onsen to apply the thick mud over their bodies.


Myoban Yu-no-Sato
Onsen 6 Kumi, Myoban, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-97-766-8166
Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily throughout the year. Reception is closed at 8 p.m.
The admission fee is ¥600 for adults.


At Dai Roten Buro (a large hot spring set in the open), you can enjoy a sweeping view of Myoban Ohashi, Mt. Tsurumi, and Mt. Takasaki.


The production process of the Yakuyo Yu-no-hana, a medicinal hot-spring water, is considered an intangible national folk-culture asset.


Myoban Yu-no-Sato
is a popular spot in the Myoban area. At Yu-no-hana Goya, you get to see the manufacturing process of the Yu-no-Hana bath salts, which date back to the Edo period. On the other hand, Dai Roten Buro has a fine view, restaurants where you can enjoy local cuisine, and a store selling original cosmetics.


The Yuno-ha-na Sekken (Savon, ¥1,620) is made using the Yu-no-hana (incrustations of hot spring water).


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus ™, and Kyushu Walker™ (27 August 2018)


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