Yamato Onsen

Yamato Onsen

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 With the chairman of the union,  Toshiomi , in front of the building

With the chairman of the union, Toshiomi, in front of the building

Beppu Onsen "Yamato Onsen"

We visited “Yamato Onsen” in Noguchi Motomachi, Beppu, Ōita. This bathhouse was built right after the world war, and the right-green colouring, which is the symbol colour of this town, has been applied since then.

Beppu Onsen "Yamato Onsen"

A statue of Kōbō-Daishi is enshrined at the entrance. Every year on Mar 21 in the Chinese calendar, the locals make an offering, such as a snack or onigiri, to this statue. This convention is called “Osettai” that derives from “Osettai” of Shikoku Pilgrimage.

Beppu Onsen "Yamato Onsen"

You can find the reception at the opposite side of the entrance. Generally, it is unstaffed. Insert the JPY 100 coin to get in the bath.

Beppu Onsen "Yamato Onsen"

Go downstairs to get to the bathroom.

Beppu Onsen "Yamato Onsen"

On the left-hand side, you can find the dressing room which is integrated with the bathroom (there is nothing to separate these rooms).

Beppu Onsen "Yamato Onsen"

There is a pretty rounded bathtub in the bathroom. The design is the same in the Women’s bathroom. The bath is a little bit hot. As frequent bathers prefer a hot bath, the temperature is adjusted to about 44°C (111.2°F) through the year. The room is very open plan with a two stories high ceiling and the bathtub in a basement, which provides a relaxing atmosphere with bathers.

Beppu Onsen "Yamato Onsen"

This is a lever to adjust the amount of the hot spring water. You can turn it left to increase and turn it right to decrease.

Beppu Onsen "Yamato Onsen"

They are frequent bathers Hiroyoshi and Sueo. They both come to Yamato Onsen at 2pm every day to meet up with friends.

Beppu Onsen "Yamato Onsen"

Toshiomi, who is the chairman of the union managing Yamato Onsen, used to be a professor in a university. He is really knowledgeable about the history of Beppu. He told us the events that have happened in Beppu from Toji to the recent Onsen fad. He says onsen would break up into different groups in the future, such as an onsen for family, for public, or for resort. The culture of onsen might be in a transition now.

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INFORMATION

Name: Yamato Onsen

Address: 9-15 Noguchi Motomachi, Beppu, Ōita

Tel: 0977-24-0014

Access (Car): 23 min from the centre of Oita City. 42 min from the Oita airport

Parking Lot: None

Opening Hours:
06:00 - 12:00, 14:00 - 23:00 (Summer)
06:30 - 12:00, 14:00 - 23:00 (Winter)

Price: JPY 100

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