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Ibusuki Sunamushi Onsen | Discover Kagoshima, Japan

Aqalili AzizanOctober 21 2020

I’ve decided to write about my #throwback travel places that I went because when I was working full-time, I always complain that I don’t have time to write for the blog. But, now since I’m working part-time and freelancing, it’s time to focus back on things that I wanted to do. Here’s my getting back on track again, feeling fresh after a downfall.

On August 22, 2017, I got the opportunity to visit one of the beautiful city in Japan, called Kagoshima. It’s stunning and serene! One of the spots that I get to visit is Ibusuki Sunamushi Onsen where Natural Sand Bath and Hot Spring located.

About the Natural Sand Bath
The Sand Bath Hall is nicknamed "SARAKU". In Kagoshima dialect, SARAKU signifies walking around. Also, the "SA" signifies sand and "RAKU" for happiness and relaxation.

IBUSUKI SUNAMUSHI ONSEN Natural Sand Bath Sand Bath Hall “SARAKU” IBUSUKI SUNAMUSHI ONSEN Natural Sand Bath Sand Bath Hall “SARAKU”

I’ve tried Onsen before, the hot spring version, but it’s my first time trying the sand bath onsen. Let me tell you fun facts that you should know before sand steamed bathing.

  • Take off your shoes at the entrance of the changing room and put your items at the locker for free.
  • Women are not allowed to use the sand bath during menstruation and pregnancy.
  • Not allowed to use the sand bath after the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Sand bath time should be limited to ten minutes.
  • The staff will prepare your bed by digging the sand, depends how deep it was, the temperature will change accordingly. If you still feel hot, please inform the attendant to avoid any mishap.
  • Depends on the low and high tide, you can choose to do the bath under the roof or near the shore.

How you should be prepared before taking the Steam Sand Bath

  1. Buy a ticket and received a yukata.
  2. Change into the yukata in the dressing room.
  3. Go to the sand bath area, lie down, and the staff will cover you with sand.
  4. Return to the bath, take off your yukata and wash off the sand.
  5. Relax and enjoy the sauna.
Pro tips: Ibusuki Sunamushi Onsen also provide Muslim-friendly facilities! You can make reservations and inform them that you would like to use the private changing rooms instead of the public one.

 

IBUSUKI SUNAMUSHI ONSEN Natural Sand Bath Sand Bath Hall “SARAKU” IBUSUKI SUNAMUSHI ONSEN Natural Sand Bath Sand Bath Hall “SARAKU”

Lili thoughts:

I feel so comfortable at Ibusuki Sunamushi Onsen. I still remember the smile that their staff gave to us and showed that they have Muslim friendly facility, which is top-notch. The onsen is a great way to relax your body after a few days walking around. From what I read, they have tons of benefits for skin due to the components, read more here to know more.

When Covid-19 is over, I definitely encourage you to at least try the natural sand bath once in your life because it rejuvenates and I can say that you will feel reborn after the session.

Overall, Kagoshima has been taking care of me so well during the trip that I drop tears when I want to go back. It’s funny, but when I remember now, it’s quite embarrassing that I cried 🤣.

IBUSUKI SUNAMUSHI ONSEN INFO

Address: 〒891-0406 5-25-18, Yunohama, Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima, 891-0406, Japan.

Opening hours: Open daily from 8am to 9pm. Time may vary according to the situation. 

Price: Sand bath (Adult:¥1,080 | Child:¥590), 
Hot Spring Bath only (Adult: ¥610 | Child: ¥300). 
Bath towel rent ¥200, but fee inclusive yukata.

For more info, visit Ibusuki Sunamushi Onsen Website.

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