Spots in Ibusuki / Satsuma Peninsula Area

  • Chiran Peace Museum
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    4.5
    692 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 17881
    This museum collects materials and personal items relating to the special attack unit (kamikaze unit) active at the end of World War II. The museum was erected on the site of a former launch base with the aim of preserving records of the time for future generations and in a prayer for peace. Parties of 10 or more can listen to a storyteller with advance reservation. The museum also provides English, Chinese, and Korean audio guides. A five-minute walk from the Tokkokannon-iriguchi bus stop.

    My sons and I went to Japan to visit my home country and home town Kagoshima. While there we decided to take a trip to Chiran to visit the Samurai town and the Peace museum at the same time. I was...

  • Sand Bath Hall Saraku
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    4.5
    461 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yunohama 5-25-18
    A hot spring bath facility where you can enjoy Ibusuki’s famed hot spring sand baths. The sand baths use the heat of the hot springs naturally welling up under the coast; bathers wear a white robe and are buried in sand stirred to reach just the right temperature, heating the body. Depending on weather conditions, you can even enjoy your sand bath right at the edge of the waves. Even when the weather is not perfect, the facility has a covered sand bathing area, ensuring you can enjoy your sand bath no matter what it is like outside. The sand baths aid in relieving nerve pain, rheumatism, and cold extremities. Approximately five minutes by car from Ibusuki Station.

    Its not anywhere in the world that you get to sand Bath. This place lets you spend time relaxing at the sand bath, then wash off and space out at the onsen. Nice place to spend a late afternoon esp...

  • Healthy Land
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    4.5
    243 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawafukumoto 3292
    A comprehensive health resort facility located on a rise facing the sea off Ibusuki. Facilities include a hot spring bathhouse, exercise equipment, and restaurant. The facility’s Tamatebako Onsen outdoor hot spring bath area boasts a spectacular view and has been ranked as one of the top day trip hot spring bathing destinations in the country. In addition to a Japanese style outdoor bath with a view of the open sea and Kaimondake Volcano, a Western style outdoor bath offers a panoramic view of striking rock formations and Takeyama. The great thing is that both views are spectacular. Designed to look as if the baths are connected to the ocean, bathers can enjoy an open, airy feeling.

    I really enjoyed with this place. It has daimonkan mountain viewed onsen and sand bath onsen. Both of them are good for health. Sand bath onsen is the must to do when visiting Ibusuki. Dont miss it.

  • Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel
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    4.0
    290 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Junichou 3805-1
    A hotel located a five-minute drive from JR Ibusuki Station. This good, old fashioned style resort hotel has recently garnered attention in part due to the fact that all of its rooms have an ocean view. Facilities include a natural hot spring outdoor bath as well as Ibusuki’s hot spring heated sand baths which are rarely found in the world. The hotel is also replete with pools, tennis courts, and a variety of other amusement facilities, making it a fun destination for adults and children alike. The hotel’s sand baths are also open to non-guests. After a fun-filled day of indoor and outdoor activities, visitors can enjoy the tastes of Kagoshima in the hotel’s restaurants. You can take in a view of the moon reflecting off the waters of Kinko Bay along with a dinner of Japanese, Chinese, or Western dishes in the Main Dining Room restaurant. The hotel’s relaxing cafes are also recommended.

    Kagoshima was a pleasant surprise (we didn’t know much about it); it has a lovely sub-tropical climate. We didnt stay at the Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel, but we went for the Black Sand Bath (Onsen...

  • Kyukamura Ibusuki
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    4.0
    206 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Higashikata 10445
    A hot spring hotel situated on the edge of Kinko Bay near the “Kyukamura Ibusuki” bus stop. A free footbath constantly replenished from a source spring “kakenagashi” style and hammocks caressed by sea breezes can be found in the Sun Terrace area in front of the lobby. The woody fragrance of the lobby engenders a gentle atmosphere. The magnificent view of Kinko Bay from the hotel’s guest rooms further enhance the southerly, tropical resort mood. You can refresh body and mind in the main building’s Chirin no Yu bathhouse; Ibusuki’s famous sand baths; and a private reservable semi-outdoor private bath with a stunning view you’ll have all to yourself. Nothing beats a hot spring bath while listening to the sound of crashing waves. The hotel’s sand baths are said to promote recovery from fatigue and treat nerve pain and sensitivity to cold; they are also available to non-guests.

    the hotel facade facing the main road looks old and yucky but it is totally different once you enter the hotel, most of the rooms facing the sea are with balcony with a wonder sceneries. Dinner is...

  • Yamagawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri
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    4.5
    173 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawafukumoto 3339-3
    A sand bath facility located a 10-minute drive from JR Yamakawa Station. A natural sand bath site heated by the geothermal energy of the Fushime Onsen hot spring, the sand baths have been a favorite of locals since ancient times. Surrounded by abundant natural beauty and with Kaimondake Volcano towering in the distance, bathers enveloped in hot sand can relax to the sound of ocean waves. The sweat generated from the weight of the sand and hot spring heat rids the body of toxins. After a sand bath, a bath in the waters of Fushime Onsen feels spectacular. Money saving tickets which include access to the adjoining Tamatebako Onsen outdoor hot spring bath facility, known for its spectacular views, are also available.

    This is a more out of the way, quieter sand bathing onsen. A very well organised operation and the sand bath is a great experience. No English spoken but there are a few posters with some English...

  • Flower Park Kagoshima
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawaokachogamizu 1611
    A botanical park opened in 1996 which makes use of the local warm weather to good effect. Visitors can enjoy flowers from around the world in a garden setting which harnesses the natural geography and surrounding pine forest. An abundance of events and classes are held at the park year round; the Flower Park Illumination, during which the park grounds are lit up at night from early December to early January, is particularly famous. A bus circles the park grounds and baby strollers and wheel chairs are also available to lend, making the park a facility which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. A 90-minute drive by car from within Kagoshima City or 20 minutes by bus from JR Yamakawa Station.

    The park was very neat but lack intensity of floral display. The buggy offered for seniors were few in numbers. I saw only one which was insufficient. The labelling of plants and tress were all in...

  • Makurazaki Fish Center
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    3.5
    65 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kagoshima Pref. Makurazakishi Matsunochou 33-1
    Makurazaki City is the top producer in Japan of deep ocean skipjack tuna and katsuobushi (dried skipjack tuna flakes), and this popular facility serves the freshest skipjack tuna. Located along Makurazaki Fishing Port, visitors can also buy fresh seafood direct from the adjoining market. The facility houses two restaurants. Sakanaya Shokudo on the first floor serves reasonably priced set meals. Buen on the second floor overlooks the port and offers seared skipjack and skipjack tuna head stewed in miso meals. The facility's warayaki event (reservation required), which teaches you how to properly grill skipjack tuna over straw the old fashioned way, and even which lets you try flaking katsuobushi are popular.

    Saw the market on Japan Hour or something. Wasn’t expecting anything like Tsukujj but there is really nothing to see, and apparently there is no barbecuing of bonito of any sorts. Ok to drop by if...

  • Ibusuki Coral Beach Hotel
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    3.5
    83 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yunohama 2-12-7
    A hotel facing the sea in Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture. The white walled hotel building, modeled after a south seas resort, boasts 100 years of history and tradition. Past the lobby, which has an old-fashioned, stately atmosphere, visitors will find stunning views of Kinko Bay in the spacious guest rooms. The hotel’s biggest draws, however, are its outdoor bath covered with a thatch roof resembling a Japanese garden, and a rejuvenating cascading waterfall bath. The baths are constantly refilled “kakenagashi” style from a sodium chloride spring whose waters are said to treat such ailments as rheumatism and burns. Bathers can enjoy a truly exceptional and relaxing time in the hotel’s baths enwrapped in the aroma of the sea and the sound of crashing waves.

    We booked a western twin bedroom. The hotel is a bit old, but it is acceptable. As long as the room is clean and I slept well. I enjoyed the outdoor onsen very much. After a long day going around...

  • Ibusuki City Tosen Gorge Somen Nagashi
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    4.0
    195 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Kaimonjucchou 5967
    Tosen Gorge is the birthplace of the circular somen noodle flume and this city-run restaurant and attraction is visited by some 200 thousand people annually. Open year round, here diners can enjoy somen noodles whirling in spring water selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan in the modern era. In addition to somen, the restaurant’s sets comprised of such local dishes as trout broiled with salt, carp soup, and carp sashimi served over ice. Approximately 25 minutes by car from Ibusuki Station.

    I am a noodle lover and had a brilliant time at this somen nahashi restaurant. Picking up noodle was a fan challenge and the dipping sauce was so tasty! It takes time to get there with limited public...

  • Satsuma Denshokan
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    4.5
    56 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Higashikata 12131-4
    A history museum which presents the culture of the Satsuma (Kagoshima) region. The museum building was modeled after the Byodoin’s Phoenix Hall. The museum’s exhibits and exhibitions are designed around the concept of experiencing the history and culture of Satsuma with all five senses. Much of the museum’s collection consists of works of art from China and Satsuma handed down through the ages since ancient times in the region, including gorgeous ceramics decorated with gold. The museum also displays historic texts, medals, and calligraphic works dating to the late Edo period. Visitors can enjoy the tastes of Satsuma in the museum restaurant.

    Wasnt sure what to expect and the tickets were a bit dear (1500 yen per person), but I have no regret entering this outstanding museum. The building is neat, very attractive from within as it is...

  • Hotarukan Tomiya Shokudo
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 103-1
    This army dining hall was run by Tome Torihama, who was praised as the mother of the Special Attack Units during World War II. The dining hall has been restored, and is now a museum. On the first floor of the dining hall, there are valuable exhibits such as photographs and memorabilia of members of the Special Attack Units, and on the second floor, there are exhibits detailing the life of Tome Torihama.

    We were looking forward to visiting this museum, as we had seen a few statues of Tome Tonihama around Chiran, and were familiar with her story prior to visiting. Tome owned a restaurant in Chiran...

  • Seahorse House
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Eichoubeppu 5202-2
    Japan’s only breeding farm specializing in seahorses open to the public. The facility breeds seahorses with the aim of preserving the ocean environment and here visitors can see seahorses swimming idly in large tanks. Seahorses are also seen as symbols of luck with love and marriage, marital harmony, and easy childbirth, and the facility sells relevant charms. The facility was also shown in a car commercial in 2016.

    Most beautiful and unique coffee shop with mini-aquarium. Beautiful coastline. Arts and crafts for kids to boot. Our family loved it. Highlight of our trip to Japan.

  • Nagasakibana Parking Garden
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawaokachogamizu 1571-1
    A sightseeing destination established 50 years ago on Cape Nagasakibana, an area tied to a legend concerning the Palace of the Dragon King. Boasting a sweeping view of Kaimondake Volcano and the East China Sea, this garden, which recreates a tropical jungle, is planted with some 1,000 varieties of tropical plants. Parrot and rat shows are held on the garden’s spacious grounds, but be sure not to miss the flamingo shows resembling something out of a south seas resort. The garden also holds a variety of special events during Golden Week and other long holidays. People of all ages are sure to enjoy meeting the animals which are allowed to roam grounds closely resembling their natural habitat.

    If you want to see Nagasakibana, here is a good place. Also, this graden can give you chance to get touch with animals, for example, parrots. You can buy food for animals with cheap price

  • Kaimon Sanroku Fureai Park
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Kaimonjucchou 2626
    "This natural park is located at the foot of ""Mt. Kaimondake,"" a volcano at an elevation of 924 meters. It is fully equipped with log houses, camp sites, free sites, and other lodging facilities. There is a mountain climbing path for Mt. Kaimondake, so many visitors are there to climb the mountain. You can enjoy other activities, such as making soba at ""Kairakurai,"" go-karts, and miniature golf. In the vicinity, there is a day-trip hot spring, ""Leisure Center Kaimon,"" which many visit."

    よくできたアスレチック器具がありました。管理事務所に、少ないながらもコインロッカーがあり便利でした。

  • Bansei Tokko Peace Museum
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamisatsumashi Kasedatakahashi 1955-3
    A museum built on the site of the former Bansei Airfield, the last base used by the army for kamikaze fighters during the Pacific War. Opened in 1993, the museum’s numerous exhibits include Japan’s only extant Navy Type Zero reconnaissance seaplane (Aichi E13A), messages left by blood relatives of kamikaze fighters, and articles which belonged to kamikaze fighters as well as portraits. Through testimony provided by relatives and people involved as well as other videos, visitors can learn about the final moments of close to 200 kamikaze fighters, including pilots as young as 17. A memorial service is held in front of the museum’s monument each year in April.

    This peace hall manages to convey both the futility of the waste of young lives with a recognition of those bravery of those involved. It’s a tricky balance but in delivering this the museum finds...

  • Chiran Peace Park
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 17880
    A park built on the grounds of the Chiran Peace Museum. Park facilities include a track and field ground, multipurpose sports ground, soccer field, tennis courts, Japanese archery ground, sumo ring, and martial arts dojo. Entry to the Chiran Peace Museum require the purchase of an admission ticket. The grounds are planted with cherry trees in various places memorializing the kamikaze fighters which took off from an airfield in the area and the picturesque trees near the park entrance have even been used to film a movie scene. When the cherry trees are in bloom, they are lit up at night for visitors to enjoy, and each year in spring the park bustles with people come to view the blossoms.

    After visiting the Peace Museum and the History Museum, take a stroll in the park and nearby gardens. There are many statues, monuments and a few plane displays. Unlike in the museum, the park is...

  • Eguchi Hourai Hall
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kagoshima Pref. Hiokishi Higashichikichouizakuda 7425-5
    A local specialty products market opened in 2003 with the aim of stimulating and promoting the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries in Higashiichiki Town. The market is operated by the Eguchi Fishery Cooperative. In the market’s restaurant, diners can enjoy a view of the East China Sea and fresh seafood from the Eguchi Fishing Port. The market sells seafood from Eguchi Port, local produce, and foods made from these. The additive-free Eguchi Chirimen dried young sardines are particularly popular.

    Lunch was wonderful, excellent fish and the pricing was very very reasonable. It was well with the trip.

  • Ibusuki Kokoronoyu
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Higashikata 9236-7
    This hot spring facility is on Hibiscus Road in Higashikata, Ibusuki City. The natural chloride spring water is deconstructed using nanotechnology into fine-particle soft water, akin to beauty wash. There are a variety of facilities including kakenagashi-replenished outdoor baths, carbonated hinoki cypress baths, various large indoor baths and saunas, and barrier-free family baths, as well as Finnish-style saunas and bedrock baths at Yuyukaibo. Guests can also take advantage of the Manga corner with 10,000 volumes available, and the dining area.

    隣の宿に宿泊して利用。 個人的には、暑いのにいきなり 入るのが苦手なので、ぬる湯があるのが 嬉しい。 色々なお風呂もあり、別料金も含めると 結構な種類があります。 中でもマッサージが安かった。 食事処の鳥刺しがうまい!

  • Lake Ikeda
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Ikeda
    This crater lake has a circumference of 15 kilometers and reaches a depth of 233 meters, making it the largest such lake in Kyushu. Its clear, blue surface is a sight to behold, and a variety of seasonal flowers adorn the lakeside, making for an enchanting scene. The rape blossoms that bloom in January are especially gorgeous. The lake is also home to large eels that reach two meters in length and 50 centimeters in girth, but it is most famous for being the abode of the legendary monster “Issie.”

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Over 100 active volcanoes across Kagoshima make it one of the Japan's most exciting prefectures. The prefectural capital, Kagoshima city, looks out to one of the prefecture's most spectacular volcanoes, Sakurajima, an island of its own that can be visited and seen close up or admired from afar, with the promise of breathtaking sunsets complete with frequent puffs of smoke and ash. Down the Satsuma Peninsula, the most southerly part of mainland Japan, waterfalls, sand onsen, and fascinating history await, while Kagoshima's abundance of satsuma imo (sweet potato) provide a wholesome snack as well as one of Japan's favourite drinks - shochu.

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