Saturday, July 22, 2006

84: Yamada Besso

We had an appointment at 11:30 and the whole family decided to catch an onsen before that.
Yamada Besso was the only hotel open from 10:00 so that's where we went. The buidling is over 80 years old, which in Japan is pretty old considering the war and its aftermath. It was the coolest buidling I've been in in a long time. There was a western style sitting room with a giant Japanese tatami room. The woodwork was all original. Cool old hard-wood floors.
The area with the bath was an addition, but the bath itself was in an old half-basement . Old blue tiles. It looked like Brett's old house on Shady Ave in Pgh (If you happen to know Brett).
The onsen was very nice and they even lent us a baby bath for Jeff. The whole place was full of cool old antiques. The ancient scales in the bath still worked (Yup, I am still officially fat).
This is 500 for adults. Kids are free. I would highly recommend this place if you want to step back in time. If we move away, I think I would like to stay here whenever we come back to Beppu.

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