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The Ibuki Area is home to the largest crater lake in Kyushu.

Each year tourists from around the world come to experience the steaming-hot sand baths. Nearby Cape Nagasakibana is surrounded by beautiful flowers during the warm seasons. Mt. Kaimon is also a part of the Ibusuki area and is regarded as one of the top 100 best mountains in Japan.

Ibusuki is located on the southeast tip of the Satsuma Peninsula and is a famous resort area is Kyushu. Blessed with great weather, hibiscus flowers blossom all throughout the area yet Ibusuki is best known for its steam and baths, heated by natural subterranean geysers. Blue-robed visitors come and lay in warm sand pits and are gradually covered with volcanic sand up to their necks. The weight and heat of the sand assists in the body's blood circulatiohn and, after about 10 minutes, the whole body begins to perspire. It is a relaxing sensation both young and old alike enjoy.

Cape Nagasakibana is similarly a beautiful place of ideal weather and vinrant flowers. In the `Flower Park Kagoshima" flower theme park, visitors may observe around 400 species of plants (and as many as 400,000 plants in total) flourishing in their natural environment all the while enjoying blossoming seasonal flowers. In Nagasakibana Parking Garden, both tropical and botanical plants grow but visitors may also enjoy the park orangutants and flamingos.

Mt.Kaimon stands 924m above sea level and has been selected as one of the top 100 best mountains in Japan. It is the symbol of the southernmost part of the Satsuma Peninsula and is also referred to as Satsuma-Fuji. It also belongs to Kirishima-Yasu Nationa Park. As there are no other high mountains nearby, visitors can easily enjoy a panoramic view of Mt.Kaimon from any location. Accessible hiking trails at Mt.Kaimon are well laid-out and, from the peak, hikers will be able to view the lovely Cape Sata to the east. On clearer days, hikers will also be able to enjoy a distant view of Tanegashima Island, Yakushima Island, and the smoking Ioujima Island.

Another popular attraction within the Ibusuki area is Lake Ikeda, the largest crater lake in Kyushu. The lake has a shoreline of 15km, a depth of 233m, and was formed by land subsidence during the ruption of Mt.Kaimon. Early spring is the best time to enjoy the bright contrasting colors of the yellow canola fields around the deep blue of the lake water. Not far to the northwest is Chiran Town of Minami-Kyushu City. In Chiran, visitors will find historic samurai residences lined up along a 700m road surrounded by stone walls. These residences remain in a similar state as thaty from about 200 years ago.

Directions

From Tokyo :
[Air] 1h 50 min from Haneda to Kagoshima Airport.
[Rail] 5h from Tokyo Station to Hakata Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line.
1h 36 min from Hakata Station to Shin-Yatsushiro Station by JR Kagoshima Line (limited express).
35 min to Kagoshima Chuo(Central) Station by JR Tsubame Shinkansen Line.
1h from the Kagoshima Chuo Station to Ibuki City by JR Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line (rapid train).

[Bus] 1h 35 min from the airport to Ibusuki City by bus.
From Osaka :
[Air] 1h 10 min from Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport to Kagoshima Airport.
[Rail] 2h 25 min from Shin-Osaka Station to Hakata Station by Shinkansen.

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