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.


November 1, 2023

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