Takegawara Onsen (public bath house) with sand 'bathing'!
how to take a sand bath:
1. remove clothes, put on yukata (robe)
2. lay on sand, let old ladies shovel it over you (except your face)
3. go back to the bath, remove yukata and wash off sand
4. soak in a relaxing hot spring bath
Famous for having the most hot springs, Beppu was true to it's reputation. We experienced sand onsen (public baths), sulfur and mud onsen, hotel rotemburo (open air bath) and a good ol' modern onsen with mixed gender outdoor baths (with swimsuits)! Plus, we visited the 8 hells of Beppu!
More pictures here...
Giant Beppu mascot sculpture
Dessert plate from our hotel dinner