Monday, April 13 we travel to Beppu a town built on volcanic energy.
As you enter this town you can see steam spouts in the surrounding mountains. The smell of sulphur is not overpowering at all.
This is a place for pure relaxation unless you are making plans for a upcoming Rugby tour. This city is where you can bathe away your worries in boiling mud, mineral springs or pits of hot volcanic sand.
1. Beppu Sand Baths.
Be buried up to your neck in hot volcanic black sand while wearing a cotton yukata on your body and a plastic shower cap on your head for 15 minutes. I had to think twice about subjecting my menopausal body to experiencing internal and external volcanic temperature surges and paying for the pleasure.
2. The Hells of Fire.
High up in the surrounding mountains walk on the trails to find the hell pools boiling cobalt water and bubbling mud. Sit your weary feet ankle deep in the 60 degree hot waters for thirty seconds at a time before they boil enough to be eaten by hungry mountain wolves.
3. Bathe with your togs on in a series of deep, bubbling mineral pools while overlooking the city. Better yet, do it naked and proudly show of your menopausal muffin to the young, slightly underweight ones of Japan.
Hard to choose which one to do? I agree. What the hec do them all.