Have you ever heard of sand baths before? If you think it’s taking a bath in sand - you’ve got it right! In Japan, a lot of hot springs (called onsen in Japanese) can be found, but in Ibusuki, Kyushu, they pride in their unique type of “hot spring” found nowhere else in Japan but here: natural hot sand baths!
When taking a sand bath, bathers wear a yukata (bath robe) and lie down face up on the sand before being buried with more of the hot sand, leaving only your face and head visible. This is especially popular with foreign tourists who do not want to be completely naked when going for a dip in hot springs. Because of its detoxing effect as well as being an aid to dieting and having beautiful skin, this kind of hot spring is also popular with women of all ages.
This time, we present to you a tour around southern Kyushu which includes this must-experience sand bath. Have a look!
5 days, 4 nights
●Means of transportation
JR (Japan Rail) trains - bullet train and sightseeing train
|1||Fukuoka International Airport (arrival) ⇒ JR Hakata Station ⇒ JR Kagoshima-chuo Station ⇒ Asa no Umi (Live fish and more) ⇒ Stay the night at Kagoshima City|
|2||Hotel ⇒ Sakurajima ⇒ AMU Plaza Kagoshima ⇒ Natural sand baths ⇒ Sightseeing train "Tamatebako" ⇒ Kagomma Furusato Yatai Village ⇒ Stay the night in Kagoshima City|
|3||Hotel check out ⇒ Sakuranobaba Johsaien ⇒ Kourantei ⇒ Suizenji Park ⇒ Kamidori/Shimodori Shopping Street ⇒ Kumamon Square ⇒ Stay the night in Kumamoto City|
|4||Hotel check out ⇒ JR Hakata City ⇒ Tenjin Chikagai (Underground Shopping Street) ⇒ Fukuoka Duty Free Tenjin ⇒ Zauo ⇒ Stay the night in Fukuoka City|
|5||Hotel check out ⇒ Fukuoka International Airport (Departure)|
★ If you like this model route, you can book air tickets & hotels from here!