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Oftentimes, hot spring baths are the usual ones found in a bucket list when traveling to Japan. What one should include trying are its Sand Baths. This type of bath dates around 300 years ago, long enough to prove the benefits and medical effects on a body. Experiencing the sand bath at Ibusuki helps with the heart, blood circulation, and toxic matters as the bath excrete it out of a person’s body. It is considered to have the effects of a hot spring bath level up to 4 times.

Guests are required to dress in a yukata where the staff will help them to lie and cover them with sand. Guests will feel the sweat and impurities leave their bodies. Aside from sand baths, Ibusuki prides itself with their hot spring onsen, where guests can also relax. This type of hot sand bath is only known in the Ibusuki area and can be reached by trains coming from Kagoshima Chuo Station.

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Around the Ibusuki onsen areas, guests can also explore Satsuma Denshokan where they can see exhibits of traditional Kagoshima arts and crafts. Another site is Kamafuta Daimyojin, which is a Shinto Shrine. Guests can experience the way of worship where they place a lid over their head and pass through the torii gate without dropping it in order for one’s wish to be granted.