Ibusuki, located at the southeastern end of the
Satsuma-hanto Peninsula, is a typical tourist
resort in Kyushu, blessed with mild weather and
surrounded by hibiscuses, it is full of an
atmosphere like that of some southern countries.
It is especially known for its natural steaming
sand baths heated by subterranean geysers. Bathers
clad in kimono lie down to be covered up to their
neck with sand. After about 10 minutes, the
comfortable weight and cozy heat of the sand
stimulate blood circulation, and the whole body
begins to perspire. It is a pleasant sensation
that both children and adults can enjoy.
One of the attractions in Ibusuki is Lake Ikeda- ko, the largest lake in Kyushu. It is a crater lake, some 15 kilometers around and 233 meters deep, formed by the subsidence of land when Mt. Kaimon-dake erupted. Early spring is the best time to enjoy the rape blossoms by the lake, and be treated to the sight of the beautiful contrast between the deep blue lake and bright colored blossoms.
In Chiran-cho of Minami- Kyushu City, to the northwest of Ibusuki, you will find samurai residenceslined up along a 700 meter- long stretch of road, surrounded by stone walls, they remain much as they were about 260 years ago.