Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

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 With the manager  Susumu , in front of his home

With the manager Susumu, in front of his home

Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

We visited Beppu Onsen “Kasuga Onsen” in Ekimae Honmachi, Beppu, Ōita. The hot spring source was drilled by a group of the locals in 1919, and named as “Kasuga” that is the name of this street.

Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

This is the reception, it is staffed in the morning, but unstaffed in the afternoon. Although the entrance fee is cheap (JPY 100), Susumu says make sure to insert the fee into the box.

Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

The dressing room is integrated with the bathroom (there is nothing to separate). You can use a compartment to keep your belongings.

Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

The bathtub is filled with clear hot spring water. Although the temperature is a little bit hot, scoop and pour the water over your head again and again, that will soon soothe you. Susumu says “We’re not sure about the health benefit because it just has been a part of our life. We used to drink it as well.” He also says bathing at Kasuga Onsen can warm your body thoroughly, and you can go back home with your upper body naked even in a white winter day.

Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

The temperature at the hot spring source is 57°C|134.6°F. You can adjust the temperature by pulling or pushing this wood bar. Many frequent bathers prefer hot bath, even 40°C|104°F is not hot enough and rater cool for them. However, they say “Don’t hesitate to add the cool water if the bath is too hot.”

Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

Taiji (the name of the man in the bath) is 86 years old and manages a watch store nearby. As the public bathhouse he used to go closed a month ago, he comes to Kasuga Onsen instead from then.

Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

A Buddha statue is placed in the bathroom, the names of people who opened this onsen are carved.

Beppu Onsen "Kasuga Onsen"

He is the manager Susumu who is 81 years old. He has been living in this district since he was born, and the locals call him as a “living dictionary.” Every day, he comes to Kasuga Onsen at 4:30pm and enjoys a chat with friends. He really welcomes visitors, but he emphasizes that everyone including both the locals and visitors should follow the manners. He says, these day, many foreign tourists visit Kasuga Onsen, and often their manners are better than Japanese tourists. As a Japanese, it is sad to hear that. We Japanese should follow the rule first if we want foreign tourists to follow that.

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INFORMATION

Name: Kasuga Onsen

Address: 6-16 Ekimae Honmachi, Beppu, Ōita

Tel: 0977-23-1486

Access (Car): 22 min from the centre of Oita City. 42 min from the Oita airport

Parking Lot: None

Opening Hours: Daily 06:30 - 11:00, 15:00 - 23:30

Closing Days: Not specified

Price: JPY 100

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