An onsen town known for its unique sand baths, Ibusuki sits on the Satsuma Peninsula and faces Kagoshima Bay. Spas and onsens sit alongside an interesting museum, while Ibusuki offers easy access to stunning capes, lakes and nature parks.
Things to do in Ibusuki
The sand bathing phenomenon in Ibusuki involves being buried in sand that’s heated by underlying natural steam. Favourite spots include the expansive Saraku Sand Bath Hall near Ibusuki Station and the black-sand spas of Ibusuki Onsen. To enjoy views of crashing waves on the sea, take a 20-minute sand bath at the outdoor Tamatebako Onsen and then enter a hot spring bath.
Stop by Satsuma Denshokan Museum to discover regional history from the Meiji Period of the 1800s and to view local ceramics collections. Follow the road south of town to reach Cape Nagasakibana and a lookout point for viewing Mount Kaimondake. You can pick up local art and clothing at small shops and galleries nearby.
Tropical flowers and hundreds of Japanese and international plant species are showcased at the botanical gardens in the Flower Park Kagoshima. You’ll also find seasonal flowers at Lake Ikeda and a nature promenade at the uninhabited Chiringashima Island nearby.
Iwasaki Art Museum showcases Japanese ink brush paintings and 20th-century art from acclaimed painters, such as Fujishima Takeji. Walk next to Iwasaki Yoshie Craft Gallery to discover Arita china collections and folk art from Papua New Guinea.
Getting around Ibusuki
The easiest way to get around Ibusuki and the Satsuma Peninsula is by car. The JR Ibusuki Makurazaki Line provides rail service between main peninsula cities and you can rent a car or catch a bus at most train stations. Taxis are available in the city centre.