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Sunamushi Onsen, Ibusuki

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 30 September 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Gabriela - you wouldn't like this...!

So - what's going on in this photo then...? This is what Ibusuki is famous for: hot sand baths (sunamushi onsen). You get buried in the hot volcanic sand, which has a sauna-like effect and is supposed to be very beneficial for your health. The recommendation is that you stay buried for 10 to 15 minutes maximum; my wife only informed me of this after I nearly fainted after taking my bath, having been buried for about 25 minutes.

Also - apparently the view when you visit the baths isn't always that of a cattle shed. This was a temporary enclosure, as the usual beach-side onsen area was being renovated.

I found a very good account of visiting the sunamushi onsen here:

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The stuff of nightmares here . . I sure hope they do background checks on the guys with the shovels.

30 Sep 2013 6:05am

@Ronnie 2¢: They were really friendly Ronnie, they just laughed the whole time. Just laughed and laughed...

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Quite impressive! At first I thought they went through the "Guillotine"...

30 Sep 2013 6:04pm

@Richard Standley: I understand the assumption Richard...

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Your wife was seeing how tough you are. ;-) A very interesting shot and description.

30 Sep 2013 11:14pm

@Steve Rice: Cheers Steve!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

You're quite right! I don't like it! I don't like sauna, it's too hot for me and my body rebels at heat! Even dipping into an onsen pool is not always easy, I have to check them first and find one with acceptable temperature. I like the jacuzzi-style, that one I can enjoy!
I wouldn't get under that sand even if I were given one million yen!
I see you were a HERO!

2 Oct 2013 11:01am

@Japanalia: It was interesting Gabriela... but I really over-did it and nearly fainted afterwards. I couldn't cool down the whole night! Probably quite dangerous...