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Kagoshima Onsen & Hot Steam Sand Bath

Kagoshima Onsen & Hot Steam Sand Bath 

If we talk about hot springs in Kagoshima, Ibusuki is definitely the place that we always think about. Besides it being accessible via the Limited Express by JR Kyushu, Ibusuki no Tamatebako, it offers beautiful scenery from their hot springs – you can even see Yakushima from Healthyland on fine days!

So yes, we are talking about Healthyland today, and in this article, we will let you know more about this place!

In Healthyland, there are two main parts that tourists visit for: The hot spring (JP: onsen) of Tamatebako Onsen, the sand bath known as Yamakawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri (JP: sunamushi).

Tamatebako Onsen

Image: Tamaebako Onsen in Healthyland

Tamatebako Onsen itself has two types of hot springs: a Japanese-style onsen and a Western-style onsen. It is popular for its health benefits to relieve symptoms of rheumatism, neuralgia, and joint pain with its waters that contain sodium chloride.

Image: Tamaebako Onsen in Healthyland

The hot springs are unique in a sense where they are rotated: on odd-number (2nd, 4th, 6th… of the month) days, women can enjoy Japanese-style onsen and men can enjoy the Western-style onsen, and on even-number (1st, 3rd, 5th… of the month) days, it is rotated where women will enjoy the Western-style onsen and men will be enjoying the Japanese-style onsen.

Image: Tamaebako Onsen in Healthyland

If you wanted to try both types of onsen? Consider a night in Ibusuki! Because the Japanese-style onsen during days with great weather will offer you a view of Mount Kaimon and even Yakushima (one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites) over the East China seas! On the other hand, if you soak in the Western-style outdoor onsen, you can see Mt. Takeyama that you can see its resemblance to the cute Snoopy (yes, the Peanuts character)! It’s no wonder that Tamatebako Onsen is so famous!

Yamakawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri

Image: Yamakawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri in Healthyland

Just a 5-minute drive (yes, Healthyland is HUGE) from Tamatebako Onsen, you will arrive Yamakawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri. There are also free shuttle buses that goes between Tamatebako Onsen and Yamakawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri, so no worries!

Image: Yamakawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri in Healthyland

If you are already here, then don’t miss out Kagoshima’s iconic sand bath! Thanks to the power of nature, geothermal activity along the Kirishima volcanic belt that runs through Ibusuki has blessed this place with a 102°C spring! The spring heated up Ibusuki’s sandy beaches and gave the perfect temperature to Sayuri’s hot sands.

Image: Yamakawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri in Healthyland

Also rich in sodium chloride, the sand bath provides a relief to many health problems and improves your blood circulation too! So enjoy yourself while lying down in the warm, soothing sands, with the sounds of the seas playing in the background. 

Who knows? You might also see Yakushima on a clear day too!

Of course, if you are coming here for a family day, why not also relaxing at Healthyland’s Onsen Hoyoukan? There are great indoor springs that are suitable for families, and even large groups of people! There’s also a restaurant and even a swimming school here!

Business HoursSep – Jun       [Time] 9:00am~5:30pm Jul – Aug       [Time] 9:00am~6:00pm    
Open year-round and only closed due to weather conditions announced on their official website       
Address(Tamatebako Onsen)3292 Yamagawafukumoto Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture〒891-0511 鹿児島県指宿市山川福元3292
Address(Sunamushi Sayuri)3339-3 Yamagawafukumoto Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture〒891-0511 鹿児島県指宿市山川福元3339-3
Official Site(Japanese)
Phone number(Tamatebako Onsen)(Japanese)+81-(0)993-35-3577
Phone number(Sunamushi Sayuri)(Japanese)+81-(0)993-35-2669
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