Ibusuki (指宿) is an onsen town that is famous for its sand baths, where bathers are buried in naturally heated sand. The town encompasses the southern tip of the Satsuma Peninsula, and the main downtown area is along the coast facing Kagoshima Bay.
Ibusuki’s sand baths can be enjoyed at a number of hotels and other facilities, but the most popular bathing spot is the large Saraku Sand Bath Hall, which is about a kilometer from Ibusuki Station. At sand baths, guests get provided with yukata robes and are then buried by staff members in hot sand that is heated by natural steam coming up from below. After staying buried for typically 10 to 20 minutes, guests wash off the sand and enter regular hot spring baths.
Saraku Sand Bath Hall
Hours: 8:30 to 21:00 (entry until 20:30)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1080 yenThe most popular facility for enjoying the sand baths of Ibusuki, the Saraku Sand Bath Hall is the first spot to visit in Ibusuki for the majority of travelers. It has large facilities, indoor baths, a steam room and spots for being buried in the steaming sand on the beach.
Details from Google Maps
Japan, 〒891-0511 Kagoshima Prefecture, Ibusuki, Yamagawafukumoto, 3292
|Hours: 9:30 to 19:30
Closed: Thursdays (or following day if Thursday is a national holiday)
Admission: 510 yen for open air baths (separate fees for other baths)
|Healthy Land is a public bath consisting of two separate buildings. Its most impressive baths are a couple of large, gender separated rotemburo (outdoor baths) along the coast with spectacular views. Regular indoor baths and sand baths can be found at the other building about 500 meters away (separate entry fees and hours apply).
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