Ibusuki Onsen is a group of hot springs in the east of Ibusuki, Kagoshima in Japan, which includes Surigahama Onsen, Yajigayu Onsen, and Nigatsuden Onsen. 2,850,000 people visited in 2003, and 910,000 people stayed there. 90% of the water is used for industry.
It takes about an hour from Kagoshima-Chūō Station by train, and about one hour and thirty-five minutes by non-stop bus.
There are about 500 places operating as spring sources. The total amount discharged is about 120,000 tonnes per day. The water contains mostly sodium. It is a chloride spring[clarification needed] but the concentration of salt and minor components differ by region or depth of excavation.
The temperature of discharge is about 50 to 60 degrees, but there is one[specify] which is near 100 degrees. The source of water is a mixture of rain water from Ikeda Lake and Unagi Pond and sea water from Kagoshima Bay.
Yajigayu Onsen is north of Ibusuki Station. It is said that its name is derived from that of Yaji who discovered this hot spring. Yajigayu Onsen is used in the cultivation of household foliage plants.
Nigatsuden Onsen is weak acid and it is west of Nigatsuden Station. In 1831, Narioki Shimadzu, lord of Kagoshima, moved his manor house from Surigahama and this hot spring was called the Lord’s Hot Spring (Tonosama-yu).
Surigahama Onsen is at a road along the coast southeast of Ibusuki Station. It is said that its name is derived from this place was called Sunabagahama.（lit. beach of sand pool）
Suna-mushi Sand Hot Spring:
Suna-mushi is a kind of bathing. First bathers put on a yukata. They are covered with sand and steamed by sands, which is agitated to be a moderate temperature. It is difficult to bath alone, so staff are on hand to shovel sand over bathers. Draping a towel around the head is advised to keep sand from sticking to it.
Since 1982, the city has held the annual Ibusuki Onsen Marathon (after 1984, the name was changed to Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon) on the second Sunday of January and more than 10,000 people take part in it every year.