Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan
Experience Kannawa Mushiyu where guests enjoy a steam bath by laying on top of "Sekisho" (a medicinal herb that only grows along the banks of clear streams) that is heated by the Beppu Onsen (hot spring).
About Kannawa Mushiyu
"The city of Beppu in Kyushu is famous for its hot springs. There are eight different hot spring areas within the city, but Kannawa is the one directly built on a large swath of steaming ground, the steam rising everywhere and permeating everything." ~ Japan Experience
Beppu is a city and spa resort on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Set between Beppu Bay and volcanic mountains, it's home to more than 2,000 onsen (hot springs). Kannawa Onsen district has facilities for bathing in nutrient-rich water, mud and sand. The 8 Hells of Beppu—6 in Kannawa, 2 in outlying Shibaseki—are dramatic landscapes of thermal pools.
The Kannawa Mushiyu is a unique and invigorating hot spring experience located in the picturesque Kannawa Onsen region of Oita Prefecture, Japan. Situated within the larger area known for its abundance of onsens, traditional restaurants, souvenir shops, and even a segment of the Jigoku Meguro (Hell Tour), Kannawa Mushiyu stands out as a must-visit destination for those seeking a one-of-a-kind steam bath experience.
What sets Kannawa Mushiyu apart is its utilization of the "Sekisho" – a rare and precious medicinal herb that exclusively grows along the banks of clear streams. This herb possesses natural therapeutic properties and a distinct aroma that is released when exposed to heat. The unique combination of this herb and the naturally heated waters of Beppu Onsen creates a truly rejuvenating and aromatic steam bath experience.
The Kannawa Onsen region as a whole is known for its diverse array of hot spring experiences, including both indoor and steam baths. However, the Kannawa Mushiyu stands out as a pinnacle of relaxation due to its innovative use of the rare Sekisho herb. This uniqueness, combined with the historical and cultural richness of the area, makes Kannawa Mushiyu a memorable and sought-after destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in traditional Japanese bathing culture with a touch of aromatic luxury.
Filmmaker: Sho Ikushima of 034 Productions
DP/Editor: Kaoru Ima
Sound/ Camera: Ice Elloso
Reel DP & Editor: Yu Osaki
Owner, Toshihiro Kawano