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Ibusuki & Satsuma peninsula travel guide


Satsuma peninsula extends about 50 kilometers south from Kagoshima-city,

making up the southwestern section of Kagoshima Prefecture.

The peninsula offers a mixture of hot springs, subtropical natural attractions and cultural sites.

Ibusuki is an onsen resort that is famous for its sand baths, where bathers are buried in

naturally heated sand.



Ibusuki Onsen resort


Steaming sand bath

It is best known for its steaming sand baths along the beach, where bathers in a yukata, or Japanese bathrobe

get buried in the sand up to their neck. The sand heated by steam containing marine minerals is scientifically proven to have therapeutic effects on neuralgia, rheumatism, back pain and other ailments.


      Sand Bath Hall SARAKU

         Sand Bath, Kinko bay


                Sand Bath


Ikeda-ko lake

A circumference of 15 km and a maximum depth of 233 meter, where was created by

volcanic activity long ago. Large eel with a length of 2 meter and circumference of 50 cm

inhabit the lake. It was also known as the lake of a legendary monster called ” Issy” 

purported to live in the lake. 

         Monster called Issy

           Flower garden

           Mount Kaimon


Nishi-Oyama Station

The Station is the southernmost railway station in Japan operated by JR,

boasts a breathtaking view of Kaimon-dake volcano to the front.


Ryugu Shrine

It is the Urashima Taro legendary shrine peninsula and this shrine is becoming popular as a power

spot of matchmaking and good fortune in love.


Nagasaki-bana Cape

The cape is the southernmost point of Satsuma peninsula, where a white lighthouse stands.

You can enjoy the view of the magnificent Mount Kaimondake and rocks with the sea spray

wearing them. The Cape is said to be the birthplace of the legend of Ryugu.




Enjoy tasting Shochu at the most famous Shochu brewery in Kagoshima

Meiji-gura is Satsuma Shuzo’s Shochu brewery and museum.


Makurazaki Osakana Center



Somen noodle nagashi

The unique Somen noodle nagashi in Tosenkyo revine in Kaimon open throughout the year

serving cold Somen noodle that swim in the revloving container.



                 Location of Ibusuki




General information on Ibusuki-city



City hall ; 2424 Juchu Ibusuki-city, Kagoshima-prefecture

Access 1 hour and 40 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima Airport

50 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima-chuo JR Station

55 minuted by JR Express train from Kagoshima-chuo JR Station

1 hour and 15 minutes by local train from from Kagoshima-chuo JR Station


Kagoshima kotsu bus

Population 40,000            Pupulation density : 270 / km2 



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