Japan is known for its many volcanoes, and in the areas of Ibusuki and Yamakawa, where numerous volcanic landforms can be found, the abundant geothermal energy is harnessed to generate electricity. White plumes of steam rise here and there in the hot spring area, and even now some dishes are still prepared using "sume" - a traditional stove that utilizes the natural steam.
Good points to know
- Towels are sold at the facilities, so you may come as you wish.
- Bathers take the steam sand bath while dressed in yukata, in a mixed-gender sand pit.
- The public baths for washing up after the steam sand bath experience are gender-segregated.
Tips to better enjoy the sand baths
- As sand baths improve blood circulation, avoid indigestion by taking the sand bath before a meal.
- Protect your mobile phone, camera, etc. from the sand by putting them in a plastic bag.
- Request for more sand to be heaped on body parts that are bothering you.
Map of facilities
with steam sand baths
Yamakawa Hot Sand Bath
9:00 - 17:30 (Oct-Jun)
9:00 - 19:00 (Jul-Aug)
9:00 - 18:00 (Sep)
(Last admission 30 min.
Sand Bath Hall
8:30 - 21:00
(Last admission at 20:30, hours
differ during year-end and New Year holidays)
Approx. 4 min. by bus from Ibusuki-eki-mae bus stop. Alight at Sunamushi-kaikan-mae bus stop.
*Fixed admission to both steam sand bath and hot spring
|Ibusuki Seaside Hotel||0993-23-3111
|Ibusuki Sand Bath Hall ‘Saraku’||0993-23-3900
|Ibusuki Kaijyo Hotel||0993-22-2221
|Ibusuki Phoenix Hotel||0993-23-4111
|Yamakawa Hot Sand Bath ‘Sayuri’||0993-35-2669
9:00～18:00 (Jul, Aug)
|Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel||0993-22-2131