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Address: 5-25-18 Yunohama, Ibusuki 891-0406, Kagoshima Prefecture
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Buried alive!

Unique experience being buried in hot sand on the waterfront. The whole operation is very efficient with free lockers, a yukata (gown) and towels (at a small cost) provided in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 March 2016
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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My only regret is that I arrived back in Ibusuki very late after a full day in Chiran at an inconvenient time, just before dinner time. So I did the sand bath part of this experience right, but I did not spend all the post-sand bath "recovery" time that I might have, rushing through after washing off the sand, rather... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

This may be one of the major reasons that why we choose to come Ibusuki, there are only a very few places that sand bath is available in the world and this is one of those. It's so relaxing and nice as well when it's in hot summer. Do remember to bring two towels with you, one for taking the... More 

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Thank KC K
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Please note that some of their staff have been punished for the negligence of their duties. I read that on the newspaper as of August 1, 2016. It was the very day when we planned to visit Saraku. So I didn't visit Saraku but I wrote this for your information. Actually we visited Sayuri, another spa, instead. And Sayuri is... More 

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Canberra
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

I used my JR Pass and travelled down from Kagoshima just to buried in hot sand - and I loved it. I admit I was a little scared to begin with, but I relaxed into it and it was great. Nice bath afterwards

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We went to this place on the recommendation of Lonely Planet and had a great time. You get buried in hot sand and it's supposed to have health benefits (including increased circulation). Very slick run operation and enjoyable experience. Things to note/tips: It's located on the shores (well sign posted) and there is a car park opposite which is up... More 

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

Unique experience being buried in hot sand on the waterfront. The whole operation is very efficient with free lockers, a yukata (gown) and towels (at a small cost) provided in the main building. You then go down to the beach to be buried. The sand was warm but not too hot when we were there. The weight of the sand... More 

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

Well this is the most famous/ popular activity of Ibusuki so we went for it just before dinner! We totally believed that it was good for our blood circulation and it was. The place was packed when we arrived. Very orderly which is not surprising due to Japanese culture. When we got int the hot sand, it was hot but... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

Ibusuki, is not only to be enjoyed as a destination, but throughout the journey from Kagoshima. The coastal drive was breathtakingly beautiful, with Mt Sakurajima in the backdrop most of the time. There were numerous viewpoints along the stretch, some with cafes & hawkers selling piping hot sweet potatoes & yam. We tried the hot sand bath at the Saraku... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

Where else can you go to be buried in naturally heated sand? Ibusuki is a short train ride from Kagoshima. Although it's getting a little expensive. .they charged for s bath towel ¥240.,but you get to keep it. changed into a yukata, go outside (you'll be exposed to the elements) and then be buried in sand. There is no limit... More 

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Thank Ichinensei
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

Sure it's tourist-tastic. But you do genuinely feel great afterwards. The hot baths themselves are OK, and be aware it's a decent walk from the station (Japanese tourist maps are never to scale). Good fun and not expensive. Must do.

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