竹瓦温泉 (Takegawara Onsen)
|Open:||6:30 till 22:30|
Takegawara Onsen is the symbol of Beppu Hot Springs. It is located in downtown Beppu, about 10 minutes' walk from Beppu station. The onsen was first constructed in 1879. The current building dates from 1938.
The facade of Takegawara Onsen.
Besides the normal public bath, Takegawara has a sand bath (or suna yu in Japanese). We tried taking the sand bath this time, but it was busy and there was a long waiting time. In the end we decided to just take a bath and go home. The sand bath still awaits us.
This is what the bath looks like at Takegawara.