First destination is Natural Sand Steam Bath. After taking a very unique bath nowhere else you can experience, we go to Somen Nagashi fine noodle restaurant for lunch. This is also unique to Kagoshima. Then we go to Kamafuta shrine with a panoramic view.
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At your hotel in Kagoshima city
Ibusuki Natural Sand Steam Bath
Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi fine noodle restaurant
At your hotel in Kagoshima city
At Ibusuki Sand Steam Bath, you are literally buried in a warm sand near the ocean. It must be comfortable and I'm sure it could become an unforgettable experience for you. As lunch, we eat fine noodle in a very unique style. You cannot experience it out of Kagoshima. Then, you continue to do something very unique at Kamafuta Shrine. That stands at seaside, so you can enjoy the view, too.
Hotel pick up
Transportation(a chartered taxi)
Sand bath fee: around ¥1,300/person
Lunch: around ¥2,000/person
-Ibusuki is one hour drive from Kagoshima city. So we have to use a chartered taxi.
-After enjoying sand bath, you go to a big onsen house standing next to sand bath to wash off the sand on your body. At there you are going to be naked, but if you hesitate to be naked there, there are a few shower for a person use.
She was very well prepared, even for questions. This is a very interesting tour for everyone, people with interest in nature, science, food, photography, or onsen. The tour was enjoyable, well organized, informative and persuasive. Mikiko gave clear explanations in fluent English. She has a good sense of humor. I will definitely visit Sakurajima!
Dear Natsuko, Thank you for the wonderful feedback! I really appreciate it!! I’m very happy to know you like it. Please come and stay on Mt.Sakurajima with your friends and enjoy the energy of the volcano ^ ^ Best regards, Mikiko
We recently did the “Online experience: Furoshiki Lesson and Stroll Historical Area” with Mikiko. We have a unique connection to Kagoshima in that we have a dear friend who lives there. Ayano was a foreign exchange student who stayed with us in the summer of 1987. Ayano is the person who does the Furoshiki lesson and she is a Kimono master. Mikiko is super easy to communicate with both online (written communication) and on the virtual tour (verbal communication). The Furoshiki lesson was learning how to utilize the ancient custom of using squares of cloth to wrap items and carry items. Mikiko translated as Ayano demonstrated and I now know how to wrap a gifts that will amaze my friends, since I’m not known to be very crafty! Our walk to the Kagoshima Castle was quite nice. I loved learning the history of the castle and seeing the moss covered trees and walls of the castle. If we should ever have the opportunity to visit Kagoshima, we would definitely call Mikiko to give us a tour of the city and see Mt. Sakurajima.
Thank you, Janet! I'm very happy to have you this virtual tour and reunion of you and Ayano! When you visit Kagoshima, I would be definitely happy to take you many interesting and cultural places with teacher Ayano!! Let's take a walk in Kimono with a furoshiki bag! I'm very looking forward to meeting you some day in the near future!!
I had Mikiko undertake some research for me in the Kagoshima area . Her English is excellent and she had valuable local contacts . She kept me well informed . I was really happy with what she did for me . Thanks
Dear Ian, Thank you for such wonderful review! I’d like to show my appreciation for giving an opportunity to have such a fascinating job. If you have a chance to come to Kagoshima, please let me know and guide you to places which are related to this research. Best wishes, Mikiko
We had a great tour with Mikiko. We saw the garden and the volcano erupted for us. I'm short of internet minutes or I would write a lot more. I highly recommend Mikiko as a guide.
Dear John, Thank you for the great review! That was perfect timing to see the eruption of the volcano! I’m so happy to know you enjoyed it. I hope your trip continues safely and you and your friends have fantastic time! Thank you very much for having a tour with me. Best regards, Mikiko