Beppu, the Hot Spring resort town

A geyser, erupting quite regularly, and in true Japanese "freedom", it has a lid...

This is the Bloodpool Hell, formed recently when a new vent opened in the field.

Then on to: The Sand Baths! The weather was sunny and warm, so we went to the beach, where the hot water is used to heat this large-grained black sand, which you're buried in for about 15 minutes...

And the heat combined with the pressure is supposed to provide great therapuetic value,

...and even greater entertainment for the locals!

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