As a special treat after the day of filming I was taken to Hanna Beppu, an elaborate hotel with an Onsen. The place was so visually appealing and one has a sense of peace. relaxation, and wonder when stepping through the front door.
At the entrance of the hotel I was warmly greeted and taken to see a bamboo screen made of over 10,000 bamboo strips woven into rinko (ring) designs that become a random weave. About 15 twelve by twelve foot panels stretched across the lobby. The idea for the design was based on the sun rising over Beppu bay, which has an extraordinary view. The hotel has many bamboo features in the lobby, hallways, hotel rooms, and in the onsen. Hanna Beppu has been open for 5 years, and with the way one feels after a stay there, I am sure they will be open for many more.
The Onsen had an area to bath before entering the pools. There were three pools, two indoors of different temperatures and one outside lines with natural stones, surrounded by a bamboo privacy fence. Bamboo accent lighting was a great detail. I would love to show you images of the Onsen but it was forbidden to take images. You might just have to visit yourself. http://www.hanabeppu.jp/