Have you ever imagined a sand bath before? If you said yes, then you know a natural sand bath is the best kind! In Japan you may find quite a few options available when it comes to taking a sand bath. That is why we have decided, since we are still covering Beppu, to provide a review of the Beppu Beach Sand Bath.
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Where Is The Beppu Beach Sand Bath Located
As you can imagine making sure you know where you are going is important. However, if you are not from Beppu then you probably would easily get lost on where to go. Since that is the case here is the address of the location and the phone number.
Beppu, Oita 874-0023
Features Of The Beppu Beach Sand Bath
The name of Beppu Beach Sand Bath pretty much gives away part of the main feature. The main feature is the fact that the location is right on the beach. This makes it easier for you to enjoy the beach and the sound of the water at the same time.
Something else that is great is the sand bath is large enough to accommodate up to 12 people at a time. The genders can be mixed in these groups so please take that into account, but they are larger and this allows for some privacy. Now, if your party that you are bringing is larger than allowed you may have to take a couple of visits, but it is well worth the stop.
The natural sodium chloride water that is heated is another great feature. This water is coming from the hot spring and provides you some great comfort with the warmer water, even in the cooler temperatures. Now, what else is great is the hot spring water makes it easier for you to get comfortable and actually feel cleaner and freer from toxins after you are out of the sand bath.
I have to say the Beppu Beach Sand Bath can be busy and that does mean you may have to wait. The good news, though, is even if you do have to wait the scenery around the waiting area is nice to look at. Something else is the waits tend to not be that long as the sand bath is limited to 15 minutes each.
What Can You Do
This is an aspect that you may not think about and that is what you can actually do at the location. Well, the main thing that you can do is relax and enjoy the water sounds and the warm sand.
The warm sand tends to come from the fact that you are able to sit in the sand and be buried in it properly. This means that you are under the sand with the warm water bath from the sand going all over you. The only thing that is not going to be under the sand is your head, which can remind some people to look around all over the place.
What else you can do is enjoy the different sounds that are around you. Yes, it may sound odd since you are near a city, but also far a enough away to block out the city sounds. So getting a chance to enjoy the sound of the water gently lapping at the beach is a great way to help you relax quite a bit more.
The ability to enjoy quite a few amenities definitely makes this a plus as well. However, one thing that can be problematic with the sand bath is the fact that not all of the amenities on the property are free. This means you may end up having to pay for something that is fairly unexpected that you could have taken into something that was free.
What You Cannot Do
One thing that you cannot do is have underwear on under the provided yukata. This is going to be a deal breaker with some people, but it does allow for more openness for the sand bath. However, at the same time this does make it difficult for some people who are shyer and more modest and are not looking to a sand bath without clothes on.
Sadly, another thing you cannot do is be in the sand bath longer than 15 minutes. I know that the bath feels great and for a lot of people you are just starting to get comfortable after 15 minutes, but the popularity of the Beppu Beach Sand Bath means that the bath times have to be limited to allow for the most people to through the baths.
Something else that you cannot do is get into the baths immediately. In the modern world we are all used to getting everything right away. However, here you are going to need to slow down and take your time and realize just like a line at Disney you are going to have to wait for a certain time period to get a time slot.
Cost Of Going To Beppu Beach Sand Bath
The cost of going here is actually fairly affordable at 1,500 yen per person. The facility is open to anyone over the age of 5. Now, it is important to note to check on if the location is still open as the city of Beppu is redoing quite a bit of the beach area and it could end up closed by the time you are trying to get to the location.
Pros And Cons
- Chance to go in all weather conditions.
- Can hold multiple people at once.
- Is located right on the beach.
- Most of the bath amenities are free.
- The sand bath is heated by Sodium Chloride Spring water.
- During busy days does close early.
- The facility is a little bit on the smaller side compared to other locations.
Who Would Like The Location
People who are in love with the beach and looking to try something new are going to love this location. Yes, some people may have heard of sand baths before, but this is different in the fact that it on the beach. Not only is it on the beach, but also people tend to enjoy the healing properties of the Sodium Chloride spring water.
Another group that typically enjoys a location like this one is the older people. With the ability to relax and enjoy the sand and water it makes it easier to sit and just enjoy life. Just make sure you know that it can be a great way to unwind and allow a lot of the toxins in your body to flow out of you.
Who Would Not Like The Location
The people that are coming here that will not like the location are those that want privacy. The privacy is definitely one that can make it difficult for some people to travel here. However, at the same time the amount of privacy is limited in the bath and that can make it difficult for people.
People that are constantly in a hurry and are looking to get somewhere quickly would also object to coming here. That stems from the fact that so many people are wanting to get somewhere quick and get the immediate results. However, here you are going to find that you have to settle down and slow down to enjoy the bath and wait in line.
What Is Around Beppu Beach San Bath
Typically after a sand bath you are going to be very relaxed. However, you are going to try to figure out what exactly you can do after you leave the bath. That can help you make a decision on if you wait in line as well. Since that is the case, here is some of the best places close by.
Nousagi is close by and is actually less than 500 feet from the Beppu Beach Sand Bath. The Nousagi is a cafe that makes it easier for you to enjoy a quick bite to eat. However, if you are looking for a more filling meal then you may want to explore other locations.
Dig Coffee is a great stop as well. This is located only 0.3 miles from the sand bath. With the close location it makes it easier for you to get a cup of coffee to enjoy while you are waiting in line.
Wander Compass Beppu is a great stop as well. This is more of an attraction, but for me I view it more as an information source. That is because this is a visitors center that can provide you plenty of information and makes it easier for you to plan out your days and nights while in Beppu.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Cost?
The cost for anyone who goes in from 5 years and up is 1,500 Yen.
Is The Wait Long?
It varies on how busy the location is as to how long the wait is going to be.
Is The Beppu Beach Sand Bath Closing?
Some have reported that the city is closing the sand bath effective March 31st. However, this is something that we have seen online in only a few locations.
What Others Are Saying
I have provided you with quite a bit of information about the location. However, I have found that some people like to know more about what other people have to say as well. Which is why I am providing you some information here on what other people are saying about the Beppu Beach Sand Bath.
Patrick M had this to say about the location. “The Beppu Beach Sand Bath seems popular with locals and tourists alike.” So this falls back to the same information that we have brought up before. This comes in from the popularity of the location.
Now another reviewer from TripAdvisor had this to say and that is youlee2. “The changing room/locker is very small and cramp when a group of tourist change to their yukata.” So this is another reiteration to the fact of what we brought up earlier that the location is smaller and cramped. Still, even in the cramped conditions the popularity of the location has not really waned.
Our Final Thoughts On Beppu Beach Sand Bath
The Beppu Beach Sand Bath is a location that is rated fairly decent on most of the trip websites for Beppu. Overall, I think the location is definitely one that if it is open and you do not mind the wait you should check out. However, at the same time with the dated looks and the appearance of the place it can be difficult to really justify a stop here at times. With that being said, though, this is one attraction that you need to stop and check out if you are in Beppu and want to unwind and relax.