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Ibusuki Sand Bath: SAYURI ( 砂湯里 )

The 30 minutes drive from downtown Ibusuki will take you to this natural sand bath "SAYURI".


The sand bathing spot is just beside the sea. Shall we enjoy the sound of waves with our eyes closed?


You can see the sheer cliff behind and Mt. Kaimon, also called "Satsuma-Fuji" because of its beautiful shape from far away.

"SAYURI" is surrounded on all four sides by great nature. You can feel your entire body immersed in nature while bathing in the sand.


Walking 5 minutes from "SAYURI" will take you to another open-air hot spring "Tamatebako Onsen" with a superb view.

There is a discount ticket for both facilities "SAYURI" and "Tamatebako Onsen".


■ Natural Sand Bath: SAYURI

【 Open 】 365 days
* The facility may be closed depending on the weather. Please check in advance by calling 099-335-2669.

【 Business hours 】
9:00-17:30 (September to June)
9:00-18:00 (July and August)

【 Access 】

15 minutes drive from JR Ibusuki Station

Take the bus for "Ikeda-ko Lake" from JR Ibusuki Station, get off at the bus stop "Healthy Land", and walk for 10 minutes

10 minutes drive from JR Yamakawa Station

Take the bus for "Kaimon-eki Station" from JR Yamakawa Station, get off at the bus stop "Healthy Land", and walk for 10 minutes

* December, 2016
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Ibusuki Sand Bath : SARAKU ( 砂楽 )

SARAKU located at sea side and has facilities with sunny open space that were designed to enhance the surrounding view.


[ Opening Hours ] *Open year Round
8:30 - 21:00 (closed between 12 noon to 1 p.m.for cleaning)
*admission until 30 minutes before closing

[ Price ]
1,080 yen ( General )
590 yen ( Child )

[ Access ]
20 min. walk from JR Ibusuki Station

[ Website ]
Sand Bath Hall "SARAKU" >>

* During high tide or rainy weather, you can also enjoy an all-weather sand bath located on the shore.

* October 6, 2015
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Kirishima Onsen Market

The Kirishima Onsen Market is a business facility lining the Maruo Onsen hot spring hotel.


Right in front of the local bus stop - also accessible by the Airport Shuttle bus or a similar bus - is a Tourist Information Center joint establishment. 


There are a collection of restaurants and shops carrying specialty products, processed goods, etc.  

Also, popular amongst visitors are eggs and hot spring manju buns steamed by the onsen hot spring steam. 

Within the shopping plaza, there is a footbath which makes for a perfect break from traveling. 


[ Opening Hours ] 
8:00-19:00 ( *Differs from shop hours )

[ Closed ]
None ( *Differs from shop hours )

[ Address ]
3878-114, Makizono-cho, Takachiho, Kirishima-shi

* March 27, 2015
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Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park - Foot Bath

The Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park has a free-of-charge, 100-meter-long foot bath.


With Kinko Bay in front and the magnificent Mount Sakurajima behind, one can feel the energy of Mother Nature.


Immerse your tired feet in the natural hot spring water drawn from 1,000 meters underground to recuperate from fatigue.


For those who want more than just a foot bath, do head over to the Sakurajima Magma Onsen (hot spring) facility nearby.

This Japanese onsen (hot spring) facility is equipped with sauna, cold water bath, utase-yu back- and shoulder-massaging bath, electric pulse bath, and jacuzzi.


◆ Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park - Foot Bath
 [ Usage Fee ] Free of Charge
 [ Operating Hours ] 09:00 HRS till sunset
 [ Getting There ] 5 minute walk from Sakurajima Port

◆ Sakurajima Magma Onsen
 [ Usage Fee ] Adult: 300 yen / Child: 120 yen
 [ Operating Hours ] 10:00 - 22:00 HRS (13:00 - 22:00 HRS on Wednesdays only)
 [ Getting There ] 3 minute walk from Sakurajima Port

* January 27, 2015
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Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen (Hirauchi Seaside Hot Spring)

Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is mysterious in that the natural bathtub appears only at low tide (twice a day, 2 hours each time).

You can see the waves crashing upon the rocks while bathing in the hot spring and feel like you are at one with nature.



* Mixed bathing
* Swimsuits are not allowed

** Video of Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen from Kagoshima Energetic Japan website >>

[ Times of Low Tide ]
Japan Meteorological Agency >>

[ Access ]
5 min. walk from "Hirouchi-kaichu-onsen" bus stop. *Please keep in mind there are only a few buses running per day.

[ Parking ]
4 cars

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* October 20, 2014
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"Tamatebako" Open-Air Onsen

Tamatebako Onsen is an open-air hot spring with a panoramic view of Mt. Kaimon and the East China Sea. 

The two gender-segregated hot spring baths have different interior designs and different views of the surrounding landscape as well, and the baths used by men and women switch on alternate days. 


Enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding area while soaking in this hot spring! 

Visitors will experience a unique and wonderful feeling of enjoying the hot spring, ocean and sky integrated all together.


[ Hours ] 
9:30 - 19:30
* View of Mt. Kaimon Open-air Onsen Schedule: Men --- Odd-numbered days (ex. 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) | Women --- Even-numbered days (ex. 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.)

[ Holidays ]
Every Thursday, and the day after National Holidays

[ Admission Fee ]
500 yen

[ Access ]
JR Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line + 25 "Nottari Oritari" bus ride from Ibusuki Station

[ Official Website ]
Healthy Land Open-air Onsen Tamatebako Onsen >>

[ Address ]
Fukumoto 3340, Yamagawa, Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture

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* August 18, 2014
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The Only Place in the World! Natural Steam Sand Baths

Kagoshima is the only place in the world where you can experience natural steam sand baths.

With a history dating back at least 300 years, the natural conditions of the steam sand baths have long been used to treat various illnesses.


Furthermore, according to the research conducted by Kagoshima University professors, the effect of steam sand baths is 3-4 times greater than that of an ordinary hot spring bath.


It's been said that the sand baths have great effects on the skin, joints, and heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and body weight.

Try the sand baths and re-energize your body for more traveling!




Sand Bath has the following positive benefits...

1) Lying down in the sand bath allows the blood to return more easily to the heart.

2) The amount of blood from the heart greatly increases due to pressure created by the weight of the sand.

3) The heat from the sand allows the blood vessels to expand, resulting in greater blood circulation.

It has effects on skin, joints, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and body weight.

1) Increased heat rate
2) Improved circulation
3) Excretion of waste products
4) Excretion of inflammatory and algesic material

This photo below shows blood "before" and "after" a sand bath. In ten minutes the black blood has changed to bright red.  


Ibusuki is known for its steam sand baths, which can be enjoyed at a number of hotels in the Ibusuki area.

"SARAKU (砂楽) " within 15 minutes of Ibusuki Station by foot is recommended for day-trippers >>

"SAYURI (砂湯里)" is the best spot to see Mt. Kaimon over the East China Sea >>

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"Ashiyu" (Foot Bath) Tour in Kagoshima!

Visiting onsen (hot springs) is one of the most popular activities while travelling in Japan.

Kagoshima is famous for its abundant hot springs, and there are many hot spring ashiyu (foot baths) around the prefecture.


Enjoy the ashiyu by removing your shoes and socks, and soaking your bare feet in the foot bath.

The hot spring water warms your feet and improves blood circulation, helping to relax the body.


Relax your tired feet at the foot baths and enjoy your travels around Kagoshima!
Here are some note worthy points about foot baths:

1) There is a large variety of foot baths for you to try and compare.
It is easy and convenient as there is no need to undress, unlike the traditional onsen.


2) Regardless of gender, everyone can enjoy the foot bath together (note: most traditional hot springs are separate into male and female).
One can enjoy chatting with friends and family while relaxing their feet in the foot bath.


3) It is a good way to introduce foreign tourists to the comfort of the hot springs.
After experiencing the comfort of the foot baths, one might gradually develop an interest for the hot springs!




■ In front of Kirishima City's Tourist Information Center


■ Shiobitashi Hot Spring Ryoma park - Kirishima City


■ Dophin Port in Kagohima City


■ Sakurajima Yougan Park


■ In front of Ibusuki Station



■ Michinoeki (roadside station) Tarumizu


【Map of FREE foot baths in Kagoshima】

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* April 4, 2014
Sakurajima hot spring digging tour >>

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100% Natural Footbath at Sakurajima!

Dig your own hotspring by yourself, then enjoy taking a footbath with a great view of the sea!

You will see and feel the energy of Earth!! 



You can take a private tour organized by the Sakurajima Visitor Center.

Or you can purchase a digging set (a shovel, towel, and guidebook), also available at the Sakurajima Visitor Center.


【Sakurajima Hot Spring digging tour】
  ** Kindly make an advance reservation for the tour.

■ Tour Season:  all year

■ Time required: 2 - 3 hours

■ Fee3500 per person 

■ Capacity: 7  (Please contact us for 8 or more participants) 

■ What you need: Dress easy to move, hat, towel, drink  

■ Contact: +81 99-245-0100

■ Official WebsiteSakurajima Museum



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* November 15, 2013
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