Sublime Soaks from Aso to Zaou
Independent onsen reviews, hot spring recommendations, Japanese onsen photos, guided onsen spa tours.
Ibusuki Onsen -- Onsen Japan -- Japanese Onsen reviews, Japan onsen photos, guided hot spring tours, spa recommendations, and more



Ibusuki's fame comes not from its waters, but from its black, volcanically heated sand. This is one of the only times where you don't bathe before entering -- simply don a yukata and plastic slippers, and walk from the changing room outside to the sunaburo (sand bath). There you'll find workers with shovels (ranging from age 16 to 86) who dig a trench for you to lie down in. After you're comfortable, they cover you up and the sunaburo begins.

A sand bath at Ibusuki is for many people one of the highlights of an onsen tour. It's so unique, and the bath is right on the shores of Kagoshima Bay. You can't get further south without being in Okinawa, and those who come this far rarely regret having added Ibusuki to their itinerary.


Recommend an Onsen!

Disclaimer: All of the info contained in this site is to be used at your own risk, with no implied or express or other such guarantee as to accuracy or safety. Visiting onsen can be dangerous, especially for those with high blood pressure, the intoxicated, or those with other health conditions. Under no circumstances will be held liable for any injury or damage that may occur from use of this information. This site includes user-submitted content (images, text, or both) and includes reviews of onsen establishments, as well as nudity. We are not liable for any damages, real or percieved, that may come from our use of said images or any accompanying text.