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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

KAGOSHIMA Ibusuki

Hot springs, spinning noodles, seaside and Satsuma Fuji

Located on the southern part of the Satsuma Peninsula, Ibusuki is an eclectic mix of seaside resort and hot spring paradise, with spectacular views of Mt. Kaimon—known as Satsuma Fuji for its resemblance to Japan's most iconic mountain.

Don't Miss

  • Invigorating sand baths
  • Hike to the top of Mt. Kaimon for an amazing view
  • Enjoy blooming flowers and stunning coastal views at Flower Park Kagoshima.

How to Get There

Ibusuki is easily accessible from Kagoshima Chuo Station via train.

You can take a 50-minute express or a cheaper 80-minute local train. The JR Kyushu's Ibusuki no Tamatebako limited express theme train is particularly recommended for a unique travel experience.

Buried in the sand

Ibusuki is famous for its seaside volcanic sand baths. Lie in a sand pit and be buried up to your neck in hot volcanic sand for a rapid detox. There are plenty of regular onsen as well, and the rotenburo outdoor bath at Healthy Land Tamatebako onsen provides amazing views of Mt. Kaimon. To get a little more off the beaten track, try a visit to sleepy hot spring village Unagi Onsen for a truly local experience.

A few of the many natural onsen venting steam in Ibusuki

The perfectly conical Mt. Kaimon

Conquering the peak

If you are looking for something a little more challenging, consider a climb to the top of Mt. Kaimon for an amazing view that stretches as far as Yakushima on clear days. The dormant volcano is 924 meters high and is almost perfectly conical. The hiking trails are clearly marked and not too challenging; you can make it to the top and back down again in about five hours.

For the less energetic, picture-perfect views of the volcano can also be had at Japan's southernmost JR station, Nishi Oyama Station. Make sure to get a snap with the distinctive yellow postbox before sending a postcard back home. A stunning view also awaits at Cape Nagasakibana—the southernmost point of the Satsuma Peninsula.

Botanical beauty by the sea

You can find pleasant views of the coastline and some 2,400 species of tropical and subtropical plants and flowers at Flower Park Kagoshima. Explore the winding trails and discover a huge variety of plant life as you bask in the natural beauty of the place.

Further inland is Lake Ikeda, the largest crater lake in Kyushu. The lake is inhabited by large eels, some of which can grow up to six feet in length. This lake is said to be the home of a monster called Issie, though as with its Scottish cousin Nessie, its existence has yet to be verified. The canola blossoms here are particularly pretty in spring.

Tradition and culture

Stop by the Satsuma Denshokan museum to find out all about the local history of Kagoshima, with a focus on the highly intricately decorated Satsuma ware pottery. This style of pottery made a lasting impression in Europe at the end of the 19th century, and it is easy to see why when looking at the stunning pieces on display in the museum.

Catch me if you can

No visit to Ibusuki would be complete without eating the local specialty, somen nagashi. At Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi, noodles in a circular container in the middle of your table are spun around by flowing water. Catching the noodles with your chopsticks is a challenge, but the reward is delicious. Lefties can choose to reverse the flow of the water to make the noodles easier to grab hold of.