Three Onsen Categories

Beppu city has around 2,300 hot spring wells and the flow rate is about 83,000 liters per minute. There are more than 150 Onsen (hot springs) which people can enter. That is why Beppu is the No.1 Onsen city in the world. Beppu city has the highest number of hot spring types in Japan, 7 out of the 10types of mineral-rich water found on earth. Let us briefly introduce you to the three categories of hot springs that can enter in Japan. We hope you enjoy the hot springs in Japan according to the rules.

1. LOCAL HOT SPRING (Jimoto Onsen; Jimosen)

The local hot spring are where local people go daily. The locals welcome us into the daily regimen of their life. Therefore, let’s respect them and enter. Each hot spring has its own rules, but since it is all written in Japanese, you should just imitate the local people first and follow their lead. There is a saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” This is exactly that type of situation. The locals run the local hot spring, Jimoto Onsen, by themselves.
Kotobuki Onsen is the one of them.

The local hot spring (such as Jimoto Onsen) usually only has a hot spring bathtub and there is no shower or amenity. When going to a local hot spring, take a towel and amenities (soap, shampoo, rinse etc.) in a hot spring basket and take it with you.
The fee to enter will be from Free to 300 yen.


We also have Onsen facilities in Japan, called “Sotoyu.” Sotoyu has no accommodations, and it is usually open only in the daytime. They generaly have bath amenities such as body soap or shampoo supplied. You can also enjoy the various hot springs. Hyotan onsen,Yuya Ebisu, Shunkashuto are in this category. The entrance fee would be generally about 500 to 1000 yen.


You can enjoy the Japan hot spring at a hotel or Ryokan as well, even if you are not staying there. It is called “Uchiyu (The hot spring in the accommodation)”. There are about 120 hotels or Japanese Inn (Ryokan) in Beppu. Some hotels and Ryokans open their Onsen (hot springs) for visitors when it is not crowded at around 13:00 to 15:00. However, sometimes they will not open when many guests are there. The rules or open time depends on each hotel and Inn. So, it is good to stop by the tourist information center in Beppu station and ask the staff. They will be happy to tell you about it. The fee is generally about 500 to 1000 yen.

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