Jan. 6, '11

別府海浜砂湯 (Beppu Beach Sand Bath)

Address: 別府市上人ヶ浜
Open: 9:00 till 17:00; arrive at least one hour before closing time
Price: 1000 yen

Yesterday we went to Beppu Beach Sand Bath. It was my first real sand bath. I had been to another place with a sand bath before, but there you had to dig yourself in. It was uncomfortable and I didn't really enjoy it. I was looking forward to the real experience.

Ready to be dug in.

The onsen provides you with a yukata, which you have to wear in the sand bath. Men and women bathe together.


A sand bath is like a sauna: you are supposed to sweat. However, when we arrived we were warned that due to the cold it probably wouldn't be as hot as we'd expect it to be. I did expect to sweat, but it was more like a warm comfortable blanket. I even dozed off for a while.

From the bath you have a nice view of Beppu Bay.

We bathed for about fifteen minutes. When you get out of the sand bath you have to take a shower to wash off the sand. After that you can use the normal bath to relax some more.

The bath.

They also have a foot bath.

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January 7, 2011

Maiko says:

Very nice photos. The view of the bay and the cliff was breathtaking.


January 17, 2011

Harm says:

Interesting! Never heard of a 'Sand bath' before.


April 1, 2013

carmina says:

mira esto es parte de japon adonde quiero ir la playa tiene la arena caliente por el volcan y el agua del nar esta a 40 grados por el volcan

la gente se cubre de arena para sudar y abrir los poros y luego se banan con el agua que por lo visto tiene muchos minerales



June 6, 2013

Maiko says:

Beppu Kaihin Sunayu had 35,100 visitors in 2012. This was an amazing 35.8% (9,300 persons) increase from 2011. This is attributed to the efforts by the city to attract customers, such as "Sand Blanketing Meisters System" and organizing sand bath tours.

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