Take a sand bath! A model course and 6 things to do in "Ibusuki".

Take a sand bath! A model course and 6 things to do in
The one thing that you cannot miss during a visit to Japan going to an onsen!
Most people travel to enjoy famous onsen in the different regions of Japan, but in Ibusuki, Kagoshima, you can have a rare experience of taking a sand bath.

This time, I would like to introduce not only these sand baths, but also how to enjoy the amazing places in the tropical resort of Ibusuki, which is often called the "Aloha Town".
Here are 6 ways to get to know and to enjoy a day in Ibusuki.

▼ Here is a one-day model course to fully enjoy Ibusuki.

【1】Experience having sand of about 50˚C (122˚F) poured on to you! The home place of sand baths - Sand Bath Hall Saraku

Sand Bath Hall Saraku
  • Sand Bath Hall Saraku
  • Sand Bath Hall Saraku
A byword of Ibusuki is the "sand bath" that has been treasured by many tourists for 300 years.
The natural sand bath is created from water coming directly from a hot spring that flows underground to the ocean side.

When you lie down on the sand bath it feels nice and warm, and then some sand of approximately 50˚C (122˚F) to 55˚C (131˚F) will be poured over you.
It may be different from person to person, but in about 10 minutes you should be sweating from your whole body.
Saraku has a good climate, and you can take a sand bath at the seashore when there is a spring tide.
On days where the tide is high or when it is raining, you can still take a sand bath at a special sand bath area built near the shore.

The sand baths are said to have an effect of about 3 to 4 times that of a regular onsen.
You will certainly feel relaxed after sweating off and drinking some Ibusuki cider under the warm sun in the tropical resort of Kagoshima.
【Address】5-25-18, Yunohama, Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima
【Hours】 8:30am~pm20:30(Closes at 9pm)
【Sand Bath Fee】Adults (Middle School and older):1,080yen 、Children (Elementary school and younger):590yen
 ※Yukata included
【Access】About 3 minutes by car from JR Ibusuki Station 【Website】http://sa-raku.sakura.ne.jp/

【2】The rotating somen noodles are so much fun! Enjoy the Kagoshima resident's soul food of the summer while being surrounded by a gorge. -Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi -

Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi
  • Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi
  • Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi
Tosenkyo is the birthplace of "rotating somen nagashi", a style of eating somen noodles.
Somen nagashi is the soul food of the summer in the tropical resort of Kagoshima that cannot miss.

The chewy noodles that flow down through the cool and clear water is absolutely delicious! The water used is one of the "Top 100 exquisite waters of Japan".
Of course, you can also try fresh water fish including, grilled trout with salt, carp stew, and raw carp.

How about spending a nice time with family or friends in the beautiful green Tosenkyo gorge that is nice and cool even during midsummer?
【Address】5967 Kaimonjutcho, Ibusuki-shi
【Hours】10:00am~(The time for last orders change. Check the website for more information)
【Closed】Open all year round
【Access】About 25 minutes by car from JR Ibusuki Station

【3】Look at the Photogenic Parfaits! Enjoy tropical fruits in a cafe run directly by a farm! -Mango no Mori-

  • マンゴーの森
  • マンゴーの森
At Mango no Mori, you can eat tropical fruits such as mangos, dragon fruits, and passion fruits, which come directly from the farm that runs the cafe.

The parfaits filled with fruits are very photogenic, and it will surely make you smile when you smell its gorgeous scent and taste its juiciness.

You can also tour the fruit farm and buy some food to take home, such as fully ripened mango and processed fruit products.
【Address】1332-4 Yamagawa-Okachogamizu, Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima
【Closed】Open all year round
【Access】About 10 minutes by car from JR Yamagawa Station/About 28km 40 minutes from Ibusuki Skyline Ei IC via Prefectural Road 234

【4】Feel the Energy of the Earth at the industrial heritage where hot steam rises! -Fushime Coast - Former Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer-

- Former Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer
  • - Former Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer
  • - Former Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer
As you walk down the Fushime coast, you will see a strange sight of steam rising from the sand while making noise.
The identity of this steam is the onsen with a temperature of nearly 100˚C (212˚F).

In the past, this area was used to manufacture salt using the heat from the onsen. Ibusuki was the last place in Japan where salt was manufactured in this way.
The former Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer, located at the top of a cliff on the coast, is a rare industrial heritage where there was both a saltpan and a hot spring source.

Here you can experience the energy of the earth while viewing the contrast between the energetic rising steam and the industrial heritage.
【Address】Ibusuki-shi Kagoshima
【Access】About 10 minutes by car from JR Yamagawa Station

【5】There are more than sand baths! Take a rest at Ibusuki's beauty onsen. -Ibusuki Hakusuikan-

Ibusuki Hakusuikan
  • Ibusuki Hakusuikan
  • Ibusuki Hakusuikan
Taking a sand bath is great, but taking a bath in a hot spring would be nice too.
If you every feel this way, I recommend that you should stay at a hotel that has open-air baths or large public baths so that you can refresh yourself.

At the Ibusuki Hakusuikan, there is an open-air bath where you can hear the sound of waves, and an old-fashioned bath that was made to replicate the baths from the Edo period.
These baths contain metasilicic acid and is good for the skin. Your skin will become moist and relaxed.

In addition to the beauty bath, you will also find a sand bath.
The sand bath is open from 6am, so I recommended that you go first thing in the morning to refresh yourself by sweating off.
【Address】12126-12 Higashikata, Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima
【Access】About 8 minutes by car from JR Ibusuki Station /About 50 minutes by car from Kagoshima Road Taniyama IC

【6】It only comes out at low tide! Cross the legendary sandbar that continues to the Matchmaking Island -Chirin Island-

Chirin Island
  • Chirin Island
  • Chirin Island
Chirin Island is an uninhabited island in the Kagoshima Bay.
From March to October, a sandy road of 800m that continues to the island appears at times of low tide.

The island is known as a spiritual spot for matchmaking.
You can either cross the legendary sandbar while looking for a heart-shaped seashell, enjoy touring the nature and matchmaking spots, or view the sandbar up high from Mt. Uomidake.

Be sure to fully enjoy this breathtaking scenery that appears only at low tide.
【Address】Nishikata, Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima
【Access】About 15 minutes by car from JR Ibusuki Station/About 1 hour from Yamatani IC via National Route 226

A model course to fully enjoy Ibusuki in one day

From here, I would like to introduce a one-day model course for Ibusuki.
10:45am Arrive at Kagoshima Airport(Rent a car)
There is a bus from Kagoshima Airport to JR Ibusuki Station.
Refer to this if you will take the bus.

1:00pm Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi

2:00pm Mango no Mori

3:00pm Yamagawa Salt Manufacturer/Fushime Coast

4:00pm Sand Bath Hall Saraku

6:00pm Check in at Ibusuki Hakusuikan

※The time at which the sandbar of Chirin Island appears differs depending on the time of the year.
Be sure to check the time prior to visiting by searching for the predicted time for crossing the sandbar.
There are many more ways to enjoy Ibusuki in addition to the ones I have introduced.
Why don't you fully enjoy the Aloha Town Ibusuki while feeling the pleasant breeze of the tropical resort?

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