Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Tour Code: KOJ-003
Cleanse and revitalize your body in a unique new way during this relaxing sand bath experience at Ibusuki Hakusuikan.
Depart the pier for the 1-hour drive to Ibusuki. Upon arrival at the Ibusuki Hakusuikan, you will take a sand bath at this Japanese Ryokan Inn. The Ibusuki hot springs are among the most unique in the world because bathers are buried in its sand. After donning a light Japanese robe, or yukata, you will lie in a shallow pit prepared by workers, and be buried up to your neck in black volcanic beach sand. The heat and weight of the sand have a refreshing cleansing effect on the body, and the bath is highly-valued as a beauty treatment for the skin. After 10-15 minutes in the sand, you will bathe in a regular hot spring bath.
Next, some free time will be made available for you to visit the Hakusuikan, and tour the newly-opened Satsuma Denshokan Museum (admission fee is not included). The Satsuma Denshokan was specially-designed to educate visitors about the history of Satsuma, the ancient name of Kagoshima prefecture, as well as the history of the 1868 Meiji Restoration.
Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier and ship.
Please note: After the "sand bath", guests will bathe naked in the hot springs. There are separate hot springs for men and women with fully appointed dressing rooms and amenities. The drive to and from Ibusuki is 1-hour in each direction. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour which involves moderate walking and some steps. This tour is not recommended for guests who utilize wheelchairs.