We have driven past the entrance to this one for nearly 2 years now. It was 7 PM and this joint closes at 8 so I said to Jude "Let's do it." It's time to stop slacking and hurry up and become masters... I can't leave Beppu in good conscience before we hit 88 hot springs...
I did not realize that this was on of the real nice snazzed up city-run onsens. It is very nice and clean with "regular" and a "hot" tub inside and an outdoor bath. There is also a sauna. Jude met a kid in the outdoor bath and they had fun floating the basins in the water and shooting Jude's (hot) water pistol. He must've been about 7 or 8 and there was no parent in sight (Typical in Japan). The kid was jumping off rocks and swimming around, and Jude thought he has to do that too. I had to stop him. actually, the announcement saying the onsen was closed did the trick.
On our way home, we stopped at the look out to catch the hot steam light-up that they do on weekends. It was pretty cool.
Name: Shibaseki Onsen
Price: 210 yen
Parking: Yes, lots