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Fukuoka Prefecture - 福岡県

Kogura Sauna Plaza

Japanese Name: 小倉サウナプラザ


Prefecture: Fukuoka
City: Kita-Kyushu
Address: 
福岡県北九州市小倉北区魚町1-5-14
Type: Capsule Hotel
Price: ¥800
Holiday: None
Hours: 24hrs

Review

A New Japan chain capsule hotel and sauna a short walk from Kokura station. Not as big or fancy as the New Japan in Umeda, Osaka. There's a small but adequately sized bathing area. Capsules are clean and well maintained. A great option for a quick stay in the city. Like most capsule hotels Kokura Sauna Plaza is men only.

Possibly closed.


Kagoshima Prefecture - 鹿児島県

Sunamushi Onsen Saraku

Japanese Name: 砂むし 砂楽
Prefecture: Kagoshima
City: Ibusuki
Address: 
鹿児島県指宿市湯の浜五丁目2518
Type: Onsen
Webpage: http://www11.ocn.ne.jp/~saraku/annai-e.htm
Price: ¥900
Holiday: None
Hours: 8:30-21:00

Review

One of the most famous baths in all of Japan is the sand baths of Ibusuki. The hot spring comes up from underground and soaks a sandy beach. After changing into a yukata (provided) you can go to the beach and get covered by the hot sand by an attendant. Once you get buried in the sand it feels like being in a sauna. Most people stay in the sand for about 10 minutes. It's a good feeling but if you get an itch it's really hard not to scratch it. After a good sweat in the sand you can go inside and wash off in the baths. Your rental yukata should be soaked by the time you get out. There are special showers to get the sand off before entering the normal bathing area. The baths themselves are quite good and the onsen minus the sand is very comfortable.

Guests can just use the onsen baths for ¥500.

There are many ryokan nearby or Ibusuki can be visited on a day trip from Kagoshima city. The unique black and white painted "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" limited express train runs 3 times a day to the resort from Kagoshima-chuo station. Inside the train there are large seats and sofas along with a children's play area. 

There is a free foot bath in front of JR Ibusuki station.

Wait times for the sand bath can be up to 120 minutes on busy days or during the sunset. Check their Japanese webpage for more information.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Natural Sunamushi Onsen - 天然砂むし温泉
Type: Sodium chloride spring - ナトリウム塩化物泉
pH: 7.45
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 84.7
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Furusato Onsen *CLOSED*

Japanese Name: 古里温泉
Prefecture: Kagoshima
City: Kagoshima
Address: 
鹿児島県鹿児島市古里町1076-1
Type: Onsen
 

Review

Sadly closed, Furusato Onsen had one of the most unique baths in all of Japan. The mixed bathing semi-natural rotenburo came out along the rocky shore of Sakurajima in a Shinto shrine. Guests were required to wear long white yukata as they bathed in the water. Above the rotenburo was a basic gender separated bathing room with a very small changing room for the day use guests.

Kagomma Onsen

Japanese Name: かごっま温泉
Prefecture: Kagoshima
City: Kagoshima
Address: 
鹿児島市易居町3-28
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: http://nttbj.itp.ne.jp/0992262688/index.html
Price: ¥390
Holiday: The 15th of every month
Hours: 10:00-24:00

Review

Natural onsen sento near Kagoshima Station. Large family bath rooms available besides the normal baths. Great water.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Kagoshima Onsen - 鹿児島温泉
Type: Sodium chloride carbonated spring - ナトリウム塩化物・炭酸水素塩泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Miyoban Onsen

Japanese Name: みょうばん温泉
Prefecture: Kagoshima
City: Kagoshima
Address: 
鹿児島市武1-9-9
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: 

http://kagoshima-onsen1010.net/info/member.php?uid=myoban
Price: ¥390
Holiday: None
Hours: 6:00-23:00

Review

Miyoban Onsen is located about 5 to 10 minutes behind Kagoshima-chuo station. Don't let the beat down state of the building deter you from trying out this amazing bath. The place is a bit worse for wear, but that's part of the charm. The very hot spring water feels amazing and the shallow long bath is just beautiful. A unique bath in a town full of unique baths. The upstairs family bath is a steal compared to the other family baths in the city. The bath was a small square cube built into the floor, but the concrete material was the best of the three that I've tried in the city. Besides the bath there was a rest room with a free to use air conditioner and a large flat screen TV. The cheap purple chair did make it look a bit like a brothel however.

Family bath 70 minutes: ¥1,450

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Carbonated Sodium Spring 炭酸水素塩泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: ?
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Nishida Onsen

Japanese Name: 西田温泉
Prefecture: Kagoshima
City: Kagoshima
Address: 
鹿児島市鷹師1-2-17
Type: Sento (with Hot Spring)
Webpage: 
http://kagoshima-onsen1010.net/info/member.php?uid=nishida
Price: ¥390
Holiday: Second Monday
Hours: 5:30-22:30

Review

The cleanest and most modern of the natural hot spring sento near Kagoshima-chuo station. Nishida felt the most like a sento from Kansai with a selection of baths and familiar layout. The water is different the Miyoban's only a 10 minute walk away. The family baths at Nishida are new looking and lined with marble tile. The bath is rectangular and quite deep. I could layout in it with room to spare. Our room had baby bath toys too. No TV in the room and the air conditioner was coin operated.

Family bath 60 minutes: ¥1,500

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Sodium chloride spring - ナトリウム塩化物泉
pH: 7.8
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 48
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Sakurajima Magma Onsen

Japanese Name: 桜島マグマ温泉
Prefecture: Kagoshima
City: Kagoshima
Address: 
鹿児島県鹿児島市桜島横山町1722-16
Type: Onsen
Webpage: http://www.rainbow-sakurajima.com/onsen/index.html
Price: ¥300
Holiday: Wednesday
Hours: 10:00-22:00

Review

There is a great view of the Kagoshima bay and the city in the distance from this day bath connected to a tourist hotel on Sakurajima. The bath is definitely natural spring water with a reddish buildup all around the tubs. The layout of the baths is not bad at all, but its sad that nothing really works well. Neither of the waterfall baths worked. The lobby and waiting room was too large and empty feeling. A tourist hotel in Soviet era Russia must have looked like this. As far as things to do on Sakurajima this is one of the least interesting. I took my daughter into the bath after swimming in the ocean nearby. The beach is free and very fun. Volcanic rocks float around you in the sea water. Nearby showers are free also. You'll need to change out of your bathing suit before heading into the onsen.

There is a coupon for the bath attached to the discount bus pass available at the ferry terminal and tourist information desks around Kagoshima city.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Sodium chloride spring - ナトリウム塩化物泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 51.4
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?

Oyattosa

Japanese Name: おやっとさぁ
Prefecture: Kagoshima
City: Kirishima
Address: 
鹿児島県霧島市溝辺町麓822
Type: Foot bath
Webpage: 
http://www.koj-ab.co.jp/english/domesticterminal/oyattosa.html
Price: ¥0
Holiday: None
Hours: 9:00-19:00

Review

Free foot bath in front of Kagoshima airport. The bath is designed to look like the Sakurajima volcano. There's no better way to kill some time waiting at the airport. Make sure to get one of the cute towels.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: ?
Type: Carbonated Sodium Spring 炭酸水素塩泉
pH: ?
Type: ?
Well Temperature: 46.6
Type: ?
Osmotic Pressure: ?


Miyazaki Prefecture - 宮崎県

Hotel Marix

Japanese Name: ホテル マリックス
Prefecture: Miyazaki
City: Miyazaki
Address: 
宮崎県宮崎市千草町15-8
Type: Business Hotel
Webpage: http://www.hotel-marix.co.jp/
Price: ¥580
Holiday: None
Hours: 24hr

Review

Public bath and sauna with capsules in the basement of a business hotel. Overnight stays in the sauna is possible with an additional fee. The hotel is one of the most reasonable in Miyazaki. Guests can use the sauna for free. Reentry is also allowed.


Nagasaki Prefecture - 長崎県

Yu no Hana

Japanese Name: ゆの華
Prefecture: Nagasaki
City: Omura
Address: 
長崎県大村市森園町663-3
Type: Supersento
Webpage: http://www.sunspa.jp/spa/
Price: ¥650
Holiday: None
Hours: 10:00-24:00 (Weekends Holidays 7:00-25:00)

Review

Supersento located across the bridge from Nagasaki Airport-it’s walkable. Typical supersento style with a quality hot spring. Shuttles to the airport and airport parking available. Family baths also available. Water has a dry, powdery feel to it and is very salty to the taste. It was so salty it made my face sing a little. Great selection of jet baths. Rare, cold sauna which would be awesome in the hot Kyushu summer.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Omura Yu no Hana - 大村ゆの華
Type: Sodium and calcium chloride spring ナトリウム-カルシウム塩化物泉
pH: 7.0
Type: Neutral -
中性
Well Temperature: 32.8
Type: Warm spring -
低温線
Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性

Unzen Sky Hotel

Japanese Name: 雲仙スカイホテル
Prefecture: Nagasaki
City: Unzen
Address: 
長崎県雲仙市小浜町雲仙323
Type: Onsen ryokan
Webpage: http://www.unzen-skyhotel.com/
Price: ¥600
Holiday: None
Hours: 11:30-16:00

Review

Unzen Sky Hotel has a large very retro shallow bath and a simple rocky rotenburo. Not the fanciest of the hotels in Unzen, but very relaxing. Make sure to get a discount ticket from the bus information center. This is one of the most acidic springs in Japan.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Unzen Onsen - 雲仙温泉
Type: Sulfur spring - 硫黄泉
pH: 2.4
Type: acidic -
酸性
Well Temperature: 82.0
Type: extra hot spring -
高温泉
Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性

Yumoto Hotel

Japanese Name: 湯元ホテル
Prefecture: Nagasaki
City: Unzen
Address: 
長崎県雲仙市小浜町雲仙316
Type: Onsen
Webpage: 
http://www.yumotohotel.jp/hotspring/
Price: ¥1000
Holiday: None
Hours: ?

Review

Day bath at a ryokan in the beautiful Unsen National Park. There are walkways through natural springs much like Yellowstone National Park. Make sure to boil some eggs in the hot sulfuric steam or try grilling oysters at one of the shacks on the way up.

There is a family bath at Yumoto Hotel 1 hour for ¥2,000, ¥1,000 for hotel guests.

Hot Spring Data

Well Name: Unzen Onsen - 雲仙温泉
Type: Sulfur spring - <