Dec. 5, '10

市の原温泉 (Ichi no Haru Onsen)

Address: 別府市新別府7組
Open: 7:30 till 21:00; 8:30 till 20:00 on Sundays and holidays
Price: 200 yen

Since Friday we went to onsen three days in a row. Today we went to Ichi no Haru Onsen.

Ichi no Haru Onsen is a tiny bath housed in a wooden building, which can best be described as a shed. Community members pay a monthly fee for the use of the onsen. Guests have to buy a ticket in the store across the street and stick it on a nail on the wall. Stamps for your spaport are available in the same store.

Other people were bathing, so I could only get this shot of the exterior.

The stamp looks the same as the onsen building.

I really like these tiny local places because they let you experience the way Japanese communities use their onsen. Besides that, the water here wasn't too hot, nor too cold. The bath was just big enough for me to stretch my legs and relax. Or maybe I just liked it, because I was glad I just finished my Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Cheap Shūhen area Beppu Onsendō Oita-ken

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January 4, 2011

Maiko says:

I had a nice chat with a local patron.
I read elsewhere that this place is over 70 years old. My family lived in this neighborhood before I was born, but my mother didn't know about it. What a loss!

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