A huge variety of baths can be enjoyed in Kagoshima, the leading Japanese kingdom of hot springs. Why not experience the profound nature of Japan’s hot spring culture in a tour of the rich variety of hot springs found in Kagoshima?
Ibusuki Onsen is famous for the hot sand baths, which are found almost nowhere else on earth. It is a unique hot spring in which you are buried in a sand beach that is warmed by the heat of underground hot springs. The comfortable heat and gentle pressure from the sand cause perspiration, which has a detoxing effect.
Various natural conditions have combined to create hot sand baths. Most hot sand baths are man-made reproductions that have been made for convenience, but natural hot sand baths dependent on the right climate and sand conditions can be enjoyed at the two facilities below at low tide on the day of the spring tide.
This place is famous for natural mud baths that include dense concentrations of sulfur and other hot spring components. You can expect beautifying effects and perspiration effects by smearing on the mud, leaving it to dry, and finally washing it away in the hot spring.
Ibusuki hot springs, Kirishima Jingu Onsenkyo and the nearby Kirishima Onsenkyo are some of Kyushu’s leading hot spring areas. Many tourists throughout the year come to enjoy the great variety of hot springs, including individualized hot springs like hot sand baths and mud baths.
In addition to the amazing open air hot spring situated on the banks of Amorigawa, the large public bath can be enjoyed on a day trip. It is a hot spring hotel that takes meticulous care over bathing in all of the baths in the premises situated near the six water sources.
This hot spring has a fine view and is at a height of 108m above ground. It overlooks the streets of Kagoshima, Kagoshima Bay and Sakurajima, an active volcano. You can enjoy a high quality bath with water that originates 1000m below ground while feeling close to the mysteries of nature.
We recommend the city of Kagoshima if you want to tour the hot springs on a budget. Most of the public bath houses frequented by local people are hot springs (nationally, most of these use hot tap water).
Asikari Onsen has everything you need, including cypress baths, Jacuzzis, and saunas. Despite the beautiful natural setting of the open air baths, the prices are reasonable.
Namegawa Onsen, where they play nostalgic pop songs, is popular for its good water and retro atmosphere.
You can enjoy the high quality slimy feeling unique to hot springs at this luxurious location, where the water flows freely from the source.
This hotel is like a hot spring theme park where you can enjoy an unending variety of baths in four types of hot springs that have different water qualities. The standing bath, with a length of 25m and a depth that allows you to be submerged to your shoulders when standing, is particularly impressive.
This is a wild open air bath where the hot spring water is kept back from the sea by the natural rock cavities. There are no bath houses, and no management. Bathing is possible twice a day for around two hours around low tide.
From Tokyo Haneda Airport
Number of departures per day: Approx. 11※
From Nagoya Chubu Airport
Number of departures per day: Approx. 4※
From Osaka International Airport
Number of departures per day: Approx. 7※
*Information correct as of November 19 2015
Details correct as of end of October, 2015.
Attractions in Kyushu