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“A day out, around Beppu”
Review of Hyotan Onsen

Hyotan Onsen
Ranked #2 of 32 Spas & Wellness in Beppu
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

After reading reviews and their web site, my wife and I went to the Hyotan onsen. Nothing to really write home about. We opted for the outdoor family onsen and were not disappointed. It was fine. But not terrible different than many others.

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

Hyotan hot spring,
This is typical Japaneses public bath, After long walk around Beppu onsen area, this really place to relax, You could enjoy, bathing in hot spring, before enter the pools you have to take shower, and you could really relaxing in hot spring poll, inside building they have hyotan poll the shape like gourd and the pool with water fall, the water fall really massage the body once you stay under the water fall, and also must try is the out door pool, specially in winter time when cold weather we relaxing hot spring,

1  Thank ong_giri
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

My daughter and I went to Hyotan Onsen after a long day of sightseeing. We started with a hot sand bath. It's a self-serve thing - you're given a kimono and disposable paper shorts to change into, then you go into the sand bath room. This is a mixed sex area of the onsen, but everyone is dressed so shy folks shouldn't worry. There weren't very clear directions about what to do, but we figured it out by looking at the others. Basically, you dig a little trench, lay down in it, then rake hot sand over yourself. The heat and the weight of the sand are very relaxing. You're cautioned not to spend more than 20 minutes in the sand because there is a danger of burns. We lasted about 15 minutes.

Then we moved to the women's bath area, showered off the sand and washed before we moved to the baths. The overhead water streams for shoulder massage were wonderful. The force of the water was so strong it actually knocked the clip out of my hair. Because it was evening, the lighting was very low which added to the relaxing atmosphere. We then moved to the outdoor bath, which was a softly lit grotto with a waterfall and rocks to sit on around the bath. We could look up to the starry sky. We spent at least an hour there, soaking, cooling off on the rocks, then soaking some more.

The shower/locker room area is very clean, the shower area is stocked with soap, shampoo and conditioner and hair dryers are available but you should bring your own towel. We were the only westerners there that evening but felt welcome. The courtyard (at least that evening) was filled with a large group of men eating and talking, so we didn't linger there. The attendants at the front desk had limited English, but were happy to call a taxi for us. Because we entered after 6 pm, the rate was reduced, but even at full price, the entrance fee is modest and the experience well worth the cost.

The big worry for a westerner who has never experienced an onsen: What's it like being naked in a group of strangers? I am kind of a shy person, and I can assure you the Japanese women are very modest, everyone keeps to themselves and no one stares at you. It takes a couple of minutes, but it was pretty easy to relax and forget you're not wearing clothes. Having a towel to wrap in while you're in the locker room will make the experience easier.

I would encourage all visitors to Japan to try this experience and Hyotan Onsen is a perfect place for your first onsen experience.

7  Thank 1864house
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

It is one of many good places in Beppu to enjoy the hot spring. It is large with different kind of pools. Sand bath is also available.. Entrance fee is even a bit cheaper if you enter after 7 p.m.

3  Thank daybreak_chime
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

PROS: Lots of different baths to choose from both indoor and outdoor of varying termperatures. Also a great 'waterfall' shower/bath that can be used for a massage. Has a separate area for sand bathing too and private baths available for charter. Lovely courtyard in the middle of the complex for relaxing after the bath, with drinks and onsen-boiled eggs available for purchase.

CONS: A tad expensive, at 700yen, although this drops to 550yen after 6pm. Can get quite crowded, especially after 6pm when the price drops, and on weekends. At these times, the showering area gets very full and you may need to wait to wash before entering the baths.

4  Thank foxypez
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