Take An Ibusuki Sand Bath

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DO: Take an Ibusuki Sand Bath

The small onsen town of Ibusuki, on the southern-most tip of mainland Japan, is the only place in the world where you can bathe in therapeutic geothermal sand baths known as suna-mushi. A natural spa treatment like no other, participants line the shores, buried up to their necks in sand that has been heated by volcanic hot springs. Packed with minerals said to have unique health benefits, ten minutes spent buried beneath Ibusuki’s hot healing sands listening to the waves lapping the shore will leave you feeling ultra-relaxed if nothing else. Well worth the modest 1000-yen fee.

Image: Kagoshima Prefectural Tourist Federation/JNTO

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