Guide for unique style Onsen ? Sand Bath
One of the fun things about traveling in Japan is “Onsen (hot springs)”. There are various ways to enjoy bathing, but why not try unique bathing method? This time, we will guide you to the representative spots of “Sunaburo (Sand Bath),” its efficacy and bathing methods.
3~4 times more effective than normal Onsen
Sand bath is the way you can cover up your body with warm sand and stay bathing for 10~20 minutes. The position of the head, foot and heart are parallel by lying down, and the pressure of sand increases the amount of blood. For these reasons, it is said that sand bath is 3 to 4 times more effective than normal onsen on fatigue recovery and beautiful skin.
Just to lie down after changing to Yukata (cotton kimono).
In the sand bath, you will wear yukata for bathing. A specialized attendant is in the facility and covers your body up with sand when you lie down at the specified space.
Let us introduce the bathing procedure at “Sand Bath Hall, SARAKU.”
Check-in at the reception, and pick up your yukata
Change into yukata in a dressing room
Lie on your back on the specified sand space and start bathing!
When you finish, take your yukata off and wash off the sand on your body
Finally, refresh yourself in hot springs
Here are three representative sand bath spots.
”Sand Bath Hall, SARAKU” (Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture)
This day spa facility is in the Surigahama Onsen in Ibusuki, famous for its sand steam bath. You can enjoy the sand steam experience at the water's edge when the weather is good and the spring tide is low.
“Sand Bath Hall SARAKU”
●5-25-18, Yunohama, Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture
●8:30-20:30 (Close at 21:00), may close some days in July and December for maintenance
●Junior high student and over 1,080 yen, Primary student and under 590 yen
“Takegawara Onsen” (Beppu, Oita Prefecture)
This is a day visit onsen with the Kara Hafu style luxurious roof. This appearance is the symbolic existence of Beppu Onsen. The sandpit is inside the tasteful building, and Sunakake-san(staff) put the sand warmed by hot springs on you.
●16-23, Motomachi, Beppu-shi, Oita Prefecture
●Normal Bath 6:30-22:30, Sand Bath 8:00-22:30 (Last admission 21:30)
●Normal bath opens year-round / Sand bath closes on 3rd of Thursdays (next day off if Thursday is a national holiday)
●Normal Bath 100 yen, Sand Bath 1,030 yen
“Isobe Hot Spring Village, Megumi no Yu” (Annaka, Gunma Prefecture)
Megumi no Yu offers a sand salt bath in which white sand and mineral rich salt blended, and it is very popular as it encourages blood and sweat circulations. There is a brief counseling before taking the sand salt bath, and you can have several herbal teas according to your physical condition.
“Megumi Hot Springs”
●3-3-41, Isoba, Annaka-shi, Gunma Prefecture
●10:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00), Reservation required for the sand salt bath (Last admission 18:00, Closed on Tuesdays)
●Closed on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays (Next day off if national holiday), 12/30,31 and 1/1
●Admission Adult 500 yen for 3hours / Sand Salt Bath additional 2,500 yen
*The above information was last updated May 8, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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