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Takegawara Onsen's Indoor Sand Bath In Beppu - Perfect For Winter!
Written by fujii
Near to Beppu Station is Takegawara Onsen, equipped with an indoor sand bath sauna; perfect for the winter season. That, along with the wonderful, historically aged feeling of the building, is an experience you can't get anywhere else.
Experience the Sand Bath at the Symbol of Beppu: Takegawara Onsen
Takegawara Onsen, which can be called the symbol of Beppu, is not only located in a building rich in history but is also the place where you can experience a sand-filled sauna called the Sand Bath.
A City Run Onsen with the Profound Facade of a Temple
Photo by: Maro Miyakawa
Takegawara Onsen was built in 1879. The profound facade of the building has become the symbol of Beppu Onsens. At the time of construction, the roof was made from bamboo, which is where the name originated; “take”, which means bamboo, and the conjugated “gawara”, which means roof tiles.
Inconsistent with the gorgeous outside appearance, the entrance fee is an extraordinarily low 100 yen. In addition to that, it opens in the morning at 6:30 and closes at 22:00 in the evening, which is why it is loved so much by not only visitors but also by locals in the area.