You probably already heard about onsen. A natural / human-made pond with hot water famous in Japan, where we could soak ourselves naked with strangers in the same pond. But have you ever heard about SAND Bath Onsen?
I guess not many people heard about sand bath onsen. Especially those who are not from Japan.
I heard sand bath onsen during my research while I was planning my itinerary for my Japan trip, June 2017. I found one of the sand bath onsen in Beppu, only 2.5 hours away from Fukuoka. This interesting sand bath apparently has some good side-effect for our body. The sauna effect from burying yourself in a sand will make your body temperature higher and excrete poisonous toxins by sweating.
And after I tried this onsen at Beppu, now here I am going to show you what to expect and what not to expect from sand bath based on my personal experience! Click “Read More” and check out yourself!
|What to Expect||What NOT to Expect|
|It is not so famous onsen compare to other typical hot water onsen||It will be quiet and not so much guests|
|Easy to check in||The staffs speak in English|
|Simple yukata and small towel||The staff remember to offer you the towel|
|A locker room ¥100 to keep your bag, clothes, jewelries and other things you need to take off||The locker easy to operate|
|Small changing room||Private changing room|
|Outdoor onsen for both males and females||Rain on your head — no, it was outdoor but there was roof above us!|
|Bury yourself in the black sand||Dry / brownish sand like those in the beach|
|Unpredictable weather (it was drizzling and foggy when I went there!)||Beautiful beach view|
|The staff will help to dig and bury you in the sand||Time to make a sand castle!|
|Clean sand||Greeted by worms and ants|
|Heavy and warm sand||Burried alive|
|Under the sand, it gets warmer and warmer, then hotter and hotter after 5 minutes||The staff will put a fan for you|
|After 10 minutes your body starting to relax and more sleepy||The staff will remember you were still buried there after 15 minutes|
|The sand will get under your yukata, nails and hair||Nail arts / nail polish still intact and cute|
|Warm shower||Zombie looks to the bus stop|
|Indoor water onsen||Huge, super clean, foggy onsen|
|Body will feel more relax and lighter after the sand bath||The cold weather outside will help you to cool down the temperature|
|After sauna looks||かわいい looks — unless you are a local who knows how to put make up on in 5 seconds|
*me and ciMel after-sauna looks!*
That’s it folks.
If you want to know how to get there, please check out my previous post here 👈