Jan. 18, '11

らんぷの湯花園 (Ranpu no Yu Hanazono)

Address: 大分市花園12組
Open: Closed from 9:00 till noon; weekend and holidays: open 24 hours
Price: Adults: 380 yen; high school students: 300 yen; children: 150 yen
Website: http://www.pokapoka-onsen.com/ranpu-hana.html

We have been going to onsen nine days straight. Yesterday we visited Ranpu no Yu. It's special because everything is in showa retro style. Besides the onsen, there is a fried chicken take-out shop, a karaoke place and a launderette.

Facade of Ranpu no Yu.

Next door you can buy fried chicken.

Lockers for storing your shoes.

Just like Asahi Onsen and SamaSama, Ranpu no Yu is a big, busy onsen. There are too many naked people walking around to take pictures in the bathing area. So, let me try to describe it. The retro design gives the place a nice atmosphere. I enjoyed bathing here. Besides about eight kinds of baths, there are four kinds of sauna. First I tried the normal sauna, after which I planned to cool my body in the cold air sauna. The cold sauna, however, wasn't so cold and it had a strange smell. I didn't stay in very long. There is also a so-called hakomushifuro. Hakomushi is Japanese for "steam box" and this is exactly what it is: a big wooden box in which your body is steamed. Only your head sticks out of the box. If you are wondering what it looks like, this page has a few pictures.

This is where you order food and drinks.

We tried the home-made pudding.

It tasted very good!

You can try aroma therapy at Ranpu no Yu.

Rotenburo Kazoku buro Outside Beppu Average price Sauna Amenities Oita-ken

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