|The Lower Baths|
If you go to Nabeyama Hot Spring (鍋山湯), bring eggs to boil where hot water bubbles out of a small hole above the clear-water baths. The minerals add a special flavor to the eggs. Beppu City has developed a food culture based on steaming food with hot springs.
Many years after my first visit, I moved to Oita and went to that spring again. This time, as I was walking to the hot spring, I saw someone in another bath about fifty meters away from the two I had enjoyed earlier. Afterwards, I walked over and to investigate and discovered that this one had a layer of dense mud in the bottom. The water was turbid grey. The hot thick mud felt refreshing when spread on the body. Mud facial treatments at beauty salons are expensive, but I was getting a natural one for free! There are no buildings in the area at all, so there are no entrance fees. You must remember to bring your own towel.
|Clean, Hot, and Muddy Fun in the Mountains of Beppu|
Here is a link to a short Yahoo video that shows this fantastic natural Japanese onsen.
|The Sight of This Bather Led to My Discovery of the Mud Bath|