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Takegawara Spa

16-23 Motomachi, Beppu, Oita Prefecture
+81 977-23-1585
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Traditional Japanese Spa

Takegawara Onsen, which is about 15 minutes' walk from JR Beppu station, is probably the most... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
Kimitaka S
via mobile
Fun experience

I came here to try the sand bath. It was the only sand bath onsen I went to in Beppu, and it was... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Chris L
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  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
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“old building” (5 reviews)
“warm sand” (5 reviews)
16-23 Motomachi, Beppu, Oita Prefecture
+81 977-23-1585
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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 13 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

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 7 September 2017

It was summer when I was there, so going to a onsen is absolutely a great idea to relax. I found this place since it's quite near the Beppu Guesthouse. The old Japanese lady who helped me with tickets did' speak English expect 2 words....More

Thank JaromChao
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We went to Takegawara Spa for a hot sand bath on a rainy day. There were a lot of people and we were told that the waiting time was likely to be 2 hours. After we paid the admission fee, we were told to stay...More

Thank SKH_Sydney
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Takegawars onsen was really nice eventhou it was crazy hot! It was clean and not too crowded. It was easy to find and staff was really helpful.

Thank Jemina P
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Really nice, traditional onsen. In addition to hot spring baths they also have sand baths. It costs little extra, but worth every dime! I tried to go to the sand bath on the beach, but even if I came there at 16:00 and they are...More

1  Thank Kirill R
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

This is a well oiled machine. The ladies who run thr show have the process down pat and will instruct you hoe its done in good English as well as taking your photo using your own mobile. Its fun and a must do while in...More

1  Thank Keiko P
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

The hot sands are surprisingly warm and relaxing. Building is old, but that is part of its charm. The procedures are self explanatory but make sure you bring a towel or you'll need to buy one there.

1  Thank thijswes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Came here one night around 8pm while I was staying at Beppu. This onsen is located within the red light district and the ancient structure can easily be spotted once around the neighbourhood. There is a choice of either the onsen or the sand bath,...More

3  Thank Malcolm_See
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Being a newbie to public onsen, my first observation was it does not match the facilities found in the private/hotel onsen. Nonetheless, it was reasonable clean and we had the bath all to ourselves when we went early in the morning. Being buried in warm...More

2  Thank Happy2bHome_11
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12 April 2016|
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 .