Ibusuki is an onsen resort located in the southernmost tip of Japan. It is about an hour’s journey from Kagoshima city and can be accessed on a sightseeing train ‘Ibusuki no Tamatebako’ from JR Kagoshima-chuo. The resort features one of the few natural steam sand baths in the whole of Japan. The sand bath is considered to be effective in relieving a number of ailments such as neuralgia, rheumatism, asthma, gastrointestinal troubles and it can be especially beneficial for women. The major hotels and ryokan are equipped with both sand bath facilities as well as ordinary onsens. Day trip visitors can enjoy a public sand bath for a reasonable price.