Take a Refreshing Bath in the Sand
Get buried in this hot spring-heated sand bath
On the southern tip of Kagoshima Prefecture lies a natural marvel sure to soothe even the most stubborn nerves. Ibusuki's hot spring waters flow directly beneath the sandy beach and into the ocean. It’s said to be the world’s only naturally heated sand bath. Hop on in and let your worldly cares melt away.
A tradition in the Ibusuki area that dates back some three centuries, the sand baths have been scientifically proven by researchers at Kagoshima University's Faculty of Medicine to offer numerous health benefits including increased blood circulation.
Rent a traditional cotton yukata and buy a face towel when you arrive. Once you're buried in the sand, snug up to your chin, the only challenge is staying awake amid the intense relaxation. When you’re done, head back to the main facility for a rinse in a heated shower to wash away the sand. You may never experience a “sauna” like this again.
Sand Bath Hall SARAKU
5-25-18 Yunohama, Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima-ken