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“Sand Onsen”
Review of Takegawara Spa

Takegawara Spa
Ranked #1 of 30 Spas & Wellness in Beppu
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Osan, South Korea
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44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Sand Onsen”
Reviewed 9 October 2012

This place is very interesting. Not only from the architecture but also the services that they offer. Instead of a regular onsen bath, they have thermal black sand onsen. First, put on the yukata that they provide.Note sure if we are supposed to be naked underneath the yukata or not but we wore the undergarment anyway coz we don't want the sand to get stuck on the private parts, then they will rake a spot for you and put a brick like pillow for you so your hair doesn't touch the sand but my hair are all sandy anyway at the end, then you lay down and they will start to bury you with the sand. It was hot and heavy because the sands are on top of you. Must visit while you are in Beppu. There are other place by the beach that offer the black sand onsen as well but I have never try that one.

Visited June 2012
Thank Lainchan
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“take a sand bath”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

in this very old and beautiful building where you can take a sand bath. You just put a special clothe and then you are buried in hot sand during 10 minutes. You are sweating a lot, but after you are completely relax and it's cleaning your skin and your blood. After that you can take a very hot bath. I really recommend this onsen!

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Keprive
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60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Buried alive in warm black sand”
Reviewed 20 June 2012

The architecture of this onset is an awesome reminder of the past.
As soon as you enter the doorway, there is a booth to pay on your right. You decide whether you are going to take a bath or to have a sand bath. You are issued a yukata to change in. You need your own towel and yen for the locker fee. They rake a spot for you to lie down in. Your head is resting on a wooden block for a pillow. They slowly pour warm sand onto your body starting from your feet first. The neat part is they will scoop sand under your neck and behind your shoulders to support you which felt nice. They carefully watch the clock to signal to you when to brush off the sand and get up. Your body immediately starts to heat up. Not a burning hot feeling, I only got that sensation on my heels, but your head starts to perspire. If you bring a small washcloth they wipe away your perspiration as your hands are covered in the mount. After that, you rinse off and you can soak in the little tub. You have the chance to cool off in the open lobby area where their are vending machines for drinks, ice cream. Later you can go to the regular bath if you want to. The sand burial place is co-ed as you are in a yukata, but the other bath areas are gender specific.

Visited June 2012
4 Thank watchthedog
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Brisbane, Australia
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37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“A bit of fun”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

It was fun visiting this place with my mum. Basically for a fee you disrobe, clean yourself and get buried alive in sand.

Visited November 2011
1 Thank Karen L
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Salzburg, Austria
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145 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Nice but a bit expensive for what you get”
Reviewed 6 November 2011

This is an old public spa that used to be on the beach but now is located a few blocks inwards. The nice thing to do is the famous hot sand bath. People get covered with warm sand and relax for about 10 Mins. It feels like going to a sauna. The bath does not seem to offer much other treatments (people only speak Japanese and no English). As others have pointed out here: bring your bath towel with you. Otherwise, you need to buy one.

There seem to be still some spa companies offering this treatment on the beach and not inside a house, so watch out for them...

Visited November 2011
1 Thank Bioko
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