Settling into steaming hot sands while enjoying views of the waves is an uncommon pleasure, and healthy as well. The sands at Beppu Beach Sand Bath are heated by waters rich in sodium-hydrogen carbonate, which can alleviate a host of health issues and boost general well-being.
The sand bath is accessible by train and then by bus.
Beppu Station can be reached by Limited Express Train from Hakata, Oita, Miyazaki and Hitoyoshi as well as neighboring areas. From Beppu Station, take a 15-minute bus ride from JR Beppu Station and alight at Rokushoen or Betsudai Ekimae.
You will be given a yukata summer kimono and towel to wear while in the sand. Essentially, they bury you up to the neck, after which you cook ever so slightly and your pores open up.
After the sand onsen, there is a hot water onsen where you can wash away the sand and have a soak. Most toiletries are free, with a small charge for some items.