[Kyushu 100] Kagoshima Hot Springs Inn/Hotel Top 20

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There are many Onsen hot springs with history all over Kagoshima Prefecture such as Ibusuki and Kirishima, to name a few. Sand-steamed baths, Onsens with astounding amount of gushing spring water, open-air baths with magnificent ocean and mountain views… These are all spots Onsen buffs cannot resist. There are many facilities with day visit spas, and a spa-hopping tour may be a good idea. We will be introducing highly evaluated inns and hotels in the order of popularity.

JR Hotel Yakushima (Yakushima Town )

This is an Onsen hotel located on a cape overlooking the ocean spreading from the Pacific to the East China Sea as well as Mt. Mocchomu. Beautiful scenery spreads out in front of your eyes from the windows of the great bath and guest rooms. The simple alkaline spring sourced in Yakushima is mildly syrupy like serum. Their consecutive-stay plan with a rental car is convenient for island sightseeing and is very popular.

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This hotel was the best we stayed in during our 3 week trip to Japan. Our room was spacious, with a lovely seating area by the floor length windows looking out on to the sea – just beautiful. Breakfast and dinner were included, a real treat as the food was delicious. We’d notified the hotel of our various dietary requirements beforehand and my husband and I each had a menu specifically tailored to our food preferences. The staff were fantastic – incredibly attentive and extremely helpful with planning walks on the island. Review from Caroline K
Beautiful island, superb hotel, lovely staff and one of the best Japanese food you can be served in a hotel.The bedroom is spotless, simple but modern and well positioned. The views from the room are just amazing. You have a balcony and floor to ceiling windows. I just couldn’t get enough of the scenery.Try the outside onsen and enjoy the sea and mountain views.The breakfast is good with plenty of choices. You must have the dinner in the hotel, it is one of the best Japanese food you will ever have. You have the menu in Japanese so you know what you are eating. I absolutely loved this hotel and felt very sad and emotional when I was leaving. Review from Pokyyy

Hotel Shiroyama (Kagoshima City)

Although located within the city of Kagoshima, the hotel is surrounded by lush greenery. From its spa Satsuma-no-yu with hot spring pumped up from 1,000m underground, you have a majestic view of Sakurajima. The breakfast buffet with as many as 80 kinds of delicacies include tastes of Kagoshima such as hot fried Satsuma-age, lightly dried Kibinago (silver-stripe round herring) and Satumajiru soup.

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This hotel has the best panoramic view of Mt.Sakurajima.Having lunch in the restaurant to overlook the gorgeous view of the city and Mt is awesome.The hotel is elegantly decorated and offers one of the best service.The glassware gallery is nice and informative. Once should visit.The pastry and local snack shops are also recommended. They are freshly made and the clerks are friendly.
I recommend to sit outdoor to admire the beauty of Mt from the distance. Hotel offers free bus to downtown which is very convenient. Review from spaniel12

Must be the best hotel in town. We paid extra for a larger room, with mountain view, and weren’t disappointed. Staff are friendly and competent. This hotel has all the facilities you’d ever need. The view towards Sakurajima is spectacular. Be aware it’s further than walking distance from the city centre. But this isn’t a problem as there’s free shuttle bus every 30 minutes that picks up and drops off at 5 different locations downtown. Breakfast is good and the patisserie is a good alternative. We tried a couple of the restaurants – the Japanese Restaurant was top-class and good value. The Chinese Restaurant was nothing special.
All-in-all, this place is highly recommended. Review from Peter W

Ibusuki Hakusuikan (Ibusuki City)

Enjoy soaking in the hot spring of Ibusuki Onsen in Hakusuikan’s great bath hall 3,300㎡in size. Try spa-hopping from Genroku-buro which is a reproduction of a public bath from the Edo period, to the Open-air bath with an utase-yu (waterfall bath) and to the Sand steam bath that is unique to Ibusuki, and see which one you like best.

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A spacious resort hotel of very high quality. A fine mix of Japanese tradition and western lifestyle. Excellent service and really good food inspired by the local cuisine. Beutifull big onsen/hot springs overlooking the sea including hot sandbath and hotstone sauna.Review from Niels_Secher
Very impressive onsen hotel, big nice hotel compound facing the sea with alot of greenery, very attentive staff who greets you readily anywhere within the hotel compound. Kaiseki dinner was wonderful. Onsen bath compound is very big and spacious too, with many kind of amenities with wide variety of shampoo and skin care to try out at the washing area. There is even a massage chair.Review from hanakitty

#4 Yakakutei (Kirishima City)

This is a calm and quiet inn built in the style of a tea-ceremony house, with each of its wings different from the other. Their great bath Yakaku-no-yu, with sodium hydrogen carbonate spring that is supposed to make your skin beautiful, may be enjoyed as a day-visit spa, too.

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This became one of my favorite ryokans in Japan which is located in the small town Kokubu away from the crowds, just a 15 mins drive from the Kagoshima airport.Receptionist was so welcoming, made for a pleasant introduction to the ryokan and my room. Nicely decorated Tatami room with beautiful mountain view. The lady served Green tea and asked what time I would like to eat dinner as dinner was served in my room, I said in ten minutes, it’s an amazing feast in no time. Again the member of staff was so friendly and helpful.Breakfast was equally fantastic and authentic in the dining room with views to Japanese traditional gardens, calm but very nice atmosphere.Review from kia358
The quality of hot spring was superb. They have inside and outside baths connected in a unique wasy. I really enjoyed staying here in a relaxing way. The staff’s kind consideration was really appreciated. I highly recommend this inn. Review from Nyan

#5 Kawakyu (Ibusuki City)

It is a rustic inn, where guests can overlook pretty Nitanda River from its rooms. Here you can enjoy free-flow hot spring directly from the source that is slowly cooled by the natural wind. Their simple “taste-of-home” cooking such as steak of black Berkshire pork and dishes using seasonal local fish and local vegetables is very popular.

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I stayed here for 1 night in Jan 2016. Host is great and helpful and he drove us to sand spa from train station! He also recommended nice restaurant for dinner. There is car park, suit for self-drive. Ibusuki is a small and peaceful city hope you also enjoy your trip! Review from chauhaw
The host and the place are very nice and I had kept a lot of cheerful memories there. Feel the peaceful village atmosphere, fresh air and warm hospitality around you. Japan, Ibusuki, I definitely will come again! Review from Tony L

#6 Kirishima Hotel (Kirishima City)

At the Io-dani Garden Bath, which is the hotel’s great bath, you can simultaneously enjoy 4 different kinds of hot spring water – namely, sulfur, alum, saline and chalybeate springs. Tachi-yu in the free zone (available for both men & women) is a rare kind of bath 1.4m deep. Here you can soak in a hot spring standing.

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We had a western/japanese room which was enormous as it has both a tatami mat sleeping area and a double western bedroom. Two toilets and a sitting room completed the accommodation.The dinners were amazing serving excellent ingredients (abalone, sea urchin, lobster, wagyu beef, crab etc.), beautifully cooked and in an atmospheric dining room looking out onto a flood lit forest! Review from cbglos
The highlight of this place definitely has to be the baths. Picture an amusement park for onsen lovers. Hot, cold, outdoor, indoor, fountains you name it. It is a real blast playing in all the tubs and pools, though the water was generally not as hot as we like it. Kids would absolutely love it. The food was quite good, both the dinner and the buffet breakfast. The dinner was served in courses, not all at the same time, which was a nice touch, and all washed down with ice cold sake. Try to ask for a room not facing the front driveway and carpark as you may be awoken early by the sound of people leaving and buses driving up. Review from SingaporeGaribaldi

#7 Ishiharaso (Kirishima City)

Ishiharaso is an inn on the riverside of Amori River where you can listen to the murmur of the stream running by. Hot spring of Myoken Onsen is carbonated and is rich in heat-retaining property. At Muku-no-ki open-air bath where water springs out within the tub, you can feel a gentle touch of carbon bubbles on your skin.

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The room consists of a living room, dining area that overlooks the river, bedroom with twin beds, kitchen and a semi outdoor onsen. I highly recommend this room for foreign visitors. The meals were prepared using mainly local produce and was beautifully presented and super delicious. Hotel staff are very attentive although communication in English was a bit of a challenge.Everything was put together perfectly throughout the entire hotel, it’s definitely an extraordinary experience for a first timer in Kirishima. Review from katieng2015
I loved the rotenburo (outdoor onsen) by the water stream. The room inside the main building (honkan) was very clean & tastefully decorated, and the kaiseki meal was exceptionally delicious. I definitely want to stay there again and highly recommend m-Ishiharaso to everyone. Review from JapanMuse

#8 Ryokojin Sanso (Kirishima City)

This inn is surrounded by a virgin forest spreading over 165,000㎡and, from guest rooms on the 4th and 5th floors, Sakurajima and Kinko Bay can be seen in the distance. They have two sources – simple and sulfur – of hot spring. Simple spring is used for the indoor bath, and sulfur spring is used for the open-air bath.

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This hotel is located high in a hill, it is suitable for those who drive with a car. However, you can enjoy a nice view in the room and the onsen in return. I think it worth! When we arrived, the staff serve us well. They are very sincere and polite. Unlike other onsen hotels, this hotel offers onsen clothing with different styles and color for women, my wife loves it very much.Other than the outdoor public onsen with a beautiful view, it allows guests to book a outdoor private onsen. However, we found that the onsen is located in a forest, with a 5 minutes walk distance fom the main building, we do not enjoy it as expected. We love the public onsen more.We have ordered the seafood plan. The food are fresh and delicious, we enjoyed it very much! Review from ymmsa
When I entered the lobby it did not have the traditional Japanese charm I had hoped for.The inside and outside baths are stunning, and the views were wonderful. My room had a huge picture window with a little seating area in front of it that was perfect for 2 people to sit and relax. The service in the hotel was efficient and friendly. The food was amazing and the dining area had ceiling to floor windows to enjoy the incredible view. The property provides numerous public and private bath options, either inside or outside. There is a nice nature trail that leads to a lovely waterfall. I went in May and a complinentary excursion to see the fire flies in the area was offered. I really enjoyed how this hotel maximized on the natural beauty of the property. I enjoyed the entire experience. I will definitely go again if I have the opportunity. Review from KMA_Adventures

#9 Dormy Inn Kagoshima (Kagoshima City)

This inn is located in Tenmonkan district, in the center of Kagoshima City, a 2-minute walk from Takamibaba tram station. On the 13th – top – floor, the inn’s great bath Muo-no-yu has not only indoor and outdoor baths but also a water bath and a high-temperature sauna. Japanese and Western breakfast buffet is available in the 2nd floor restaurant.

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This hotel has great staff, is very clean, and has a wonderful and relaxing onsen on the top floor for guest use. The price was also pretty good for what you got! I stayed in room 1217, which had an unobstructed view of Sakurajima. The room was small, but smartly laid out, and very clean. The bed was comfortable, and everything worked well. The room had a fridge, and a microwave was available a few floors down.There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and convenience stores in the area, as well as 2 grocery stores near the train station. It is also walking distance to the Sakurajima ferry, and perhaps the train station if you’re young and fit!Review from cober6711
My room was modern and spotlessly clean, with good temperature control, shower and a fridge. Rooms aren’t huge, but fine for a few nights stay. The beds and pillows aren’t the most comfortable, but pretty typical of most Japanese hotels. Wi-Fi was free and the signal reliable. The hotel has a small restaurant serving breakfast, and no bar, but this isn’t a problem as there are lots of options for eating in the surrounding area. The hotel does offer a free bowl of noodles to each guest every evening, which was a nice touch. It also has a rooftop onsen (hot bath), which seemed popular.Overall, good value for money and well located – would definitely stay here again.Review from AndyI2

#10 Nanohanakan (Ibusuki City)

Called a “pension” in Japanese, Nanohanakan is really a B&B with reputably warm hospitality. The private open-air bath commanding a beautiful view of Mt. Kaimon was hand built by the owner. Here, your pet is also welcome to stay. They even have a spa bath for pets.

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When we stayed there low season it was completely empty. We therefore had the very nice couple owner just for us. They speak decent English and will strive to make your stay the best possible! Their private onsen competes with some nice ryokan ones, its outdoor bath is large and VERY warm! 86° out of the pipe. The breakfast was either Japanese or western style, both simple and basic but tasty. The place needs a car to access as its a little lost in the country side near cape Nagasaki-bana. Beautiful view on sea and nearby volcano from our triple room. Highly recommend this place. Review from djdavignon
Their beautifully set natural onsen is dug up on site and instead of separating the men from the women (as is usual) they let each couple have their own private bath, a real treat. The kaiseki dinner was delicious and they seasoned the food with salt made from their own onsen water. You can also but their salt, such a useful and affordable souvenir! The well traveled host & hostess are charming and outgoing, a real pleasure to stay with. At first they were shy about speaking English but as they warmed up we realized they (especially the man) were quite fluent. By the end of our two night stay they were taking down our skype accounts and talking about coming to visit us in Canada! Review from msjadelake

#11 Yurian (Ibusuki City)

This is a luxurious hideout of an inn consisting of 10 detached rooms and 7 villas, all with private open-air baths. They have 3 sources with an ample supply of hot spring, which is extravagantly used for the guest rooms’ indoor baths and for the private hot spring pools.

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This hotel is located on top of a mountain where it’s just peacefully quiet. Price includes breakfast and dinner, we’ve had sukiyaki one night and shabu shabu on the last night. The hot spring water comes from the mountain and you can see the sulfur/ashes within the water. The reviews had said this hotel hot spring has 4 times the minerals than most other hot springs. Our villa had an indoors onsen, outdoors onsen and an onsen pool. Swimming each morning watching sunrise was just awesome! Review from Andrew_Holiday

#12 Silk Inn Kagoshima (Kagoshima City)

It is a business hotel a 5-minute walk away from Kagoshima Central Station featuring a large bath with 100% free-flow hot spring direct from the source. In May and November, Natural Rose Bath with freshly picked roses will be available for a limited time.

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I enjoyed staying at this hotel. Very reasonable rate and good service. Free Wi-Fi, natural hot spring spa available, wonderful breakfast buffet. I will stay again if I have another chance to visit Kagoshima. Highly recommended. Review from paradise_island72

#13 Ibusuki Syusuien (Ibusuki City)

Guests come from all over Japan to this inn for its famous formal banquet menu using rich local ingredients of Ibusuki. They have a rare sand footbath, too. You can walk over to the natural sand spa, a 3-minute walk away, dressed in a specially provided Yukata robe.

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We had a Japanese style room with a bath tub (because my parents aren’t used to public baths). The room is huge and four of us stayed in one room. The hotel also comes with an Onsen, one indoor and one outdoor.We went to the nearby Sand Bath which was just minutes away by walking. The highlight of our stay was the food. High quality dinner and breakfast, one of the reason I booked this hotel after I did some research on hotels in Ibusuki. We got a room by ourselves for both meals. At first the price seem expensive, but after considering the luxurious dining, it doesn’t feel expensive anymore, instead it felt money well spent.Review from Shiwa L
This is a real gem. A boutique hotel (53 rooms) with 2 open air baths and 2 indoor baths for male only and female only that changes every eight hours. There are larger hotels in the area like Hakusan, with many more baths and facilities, but if you want to enjoy a bath in a more tranquil and quiet surrounding, this would be the place.It is rated No.1 for food amongst Japanese Style Bath hotels (Ryokans) by the Japanese Travel Newspaper for consecutive years (still No.1 for food in 2010) and I agree with their assessment. Their Japanese Style banquet dinner (11 courses) is of a very high standard, and a must try experience for gourmet diners looking for authentic Japanese style cooking. The Japanese Style breakfast is also of a very high standard. Review by golfplayer111

#14 Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel (Yakushima Machi)

The scenic view of majestic Mt. Mocchomu, one of the three great cliffs in Yakushima, is the charming feature of this hotel. At their Kami-no-yu spa, precious Yakushima cedar is liberally used throughout. You can relax in the hot spring to recover from the fatigue of your journey in style.

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This 5-star hotel is in a spectacular setting. Huge expanses of glass in the foyers and restaurants take full advantage of the views of the nearby mountains. Rooms are very large for Japan and really comfortable. Staff are friendly and helpful, though virtually no English is spoken. Included breakfasts were excellent. Only disappointment was the restaurant. Dinner was very expensive and quite disappointing – not up to the standard of the rest of the hotel. So we tried the restaurant at the nearby JR Hotel one night and it was excellent.
The hotel grounds have huge and impressive sub-tropical gardens. You should spend some time checking these out. Review from Peter W
Good to great Breakfast.Great to awesome Dinner.All staff really friendly and some do speak english. Huge rooms with nice Veranda. Beds ok. Tv ok but don’t expect the newest tech. But who cares right? The Hotel is from the 80s but thats ok the view on the mountains and the Gardenwalk are just great.
Uncool is that you have to pay for the entrance to the onsen and pool area.
One thing that impressed me is that the hotel manager himself came out to wish us a good day! I guess that may be normal for japanese people but for us it was just amazing!Review from Maximilian M

#15 Kirishima Shinmoeso (Kirishima City)

It is a reasonable lodging facility operated by the local government located on a hill 920m above sea level, at the foot of Mt. Kirishima. Its bath, full of rustic country-like atmosphere, is filled with opalescent simple sulfur spring. Their popular signature dishes such as trout Sashimi and country-style hot pot using black Miso paste are full of warm hospitality.

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We have visited here three times so far. Every time we visit, we are so impressed by their kind consideration to serve our favorites for the dinner. Nice service and great dinner. The spring water spouting forth in the bath room has good quality containing sulfur.Review from momochocosakura

#16 Onsen Hotel Nakahara Besso (Kagoshima City)

Their hot spring is never diluted, heated or stored. The large baths are filled with 100% free-flow sodium chloride hot spring direct from the source. Located right in the heart of Kagoshima City, it is a convenient hotel as the base of your business or sightseeing.

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Booked a stay here on and was very impressed with the staff who really did their best to make our stay in Kagoshima a pleasant one. Our rate included two meals per day, both of which were delicious. I booked a semi-Western room with an ensuite bathroom… There was a drawing room with the necessities for tea service, the bedroom was completely separate. Remember that this is a Ryokan, so traditional filled mats are used instead of
Western beds.Review from pjt087

#17 Kirishima Miyama Hotel (Kagoshima City)

Their 2 indoor baths and 3 open-air baths are all for guests’ private bathing. Guests can enjoy free-flow hot spring of Kirishima Onsen village – that has been used for medical purposes – direct from the source. There are Mountain Lodge-style open-air baths with roofs for your outdoor bathing pleasure even on rainy days.

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My husband, 17 yo daughter and I spent a night at this Onsen. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. The family who run this hotel could not have done more to make us feel welcome in their gorgeous hotel. The Onsen baths were beautiful and each one of them quite different. The rooms were beautiful and the hotel was so clean and welcoming. The dinner was one of the best meals we have ever eaten. There was so much and courses kept coming and coming and coming. The breakfast was also delicious and we couldn’t possibly finish as there was so much on offer. It was an experience we will never first and I highly recommend anyone wanting to experience Japan that they visit the Kirishima Miyama Hotel. Review from Barry L

#18 Ginsyo (Ibusuki City)

A magnificent view blending into the sky and the ocean spreads out from Tenkuu Noten Buro (or “Heavens Outdoor Bath”) on the 9th floor. Chiringashima Island and Mt. Uomi can be seen from the men’s bath, while lady guests can overlook from Kinko Bay to Osumi Peninsula from the ladies’ bath.

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My wife and I had a lovely weekend in Kagoshima, flying from Osaka, hiring a car and visiting Sakurajima (an island with a smoking volcano) on the way to Ibusuki. Here the first highlight was the sand bath – you change into a Yukata and are covered with hot sand (do say if you find yourself in a hot spot as this happened to me which was initially uncomfortable, but after moving few inches it was a very pleasurable experience!) We stayed at the Hana Onsen hotel which was excellent, with possibly our best dinner in Japan so far. The hot springs on the 9th floor, which we used Saturday evening, were good, however those on the second floor, which we used on the Sunday morning were wonderful, very tranquil with an inspiring view over the beach. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Review from MalcTaylor1

#19 Soyotei (Yakushima Town)

An old family residence in Yakushima was relocated and converted into a charming little inn. Each room comes with a spacious terrace from which guests can admire the view of Nagatahama beach. During the spawning season, sea turtles come to this beach to lay their eggs.

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Soyotei was a wonderful jewel in our two and a half week trip to Japan. The surroundings are unique and set on a long sandy beach where sea turtles lay their eggs. The meals are a wonderful representation of the local area; while we were there, we dined on flying fish, grouper, deer, local barnacles. The meals are very thoughtfully prepared and presented and the dining room itself warrants a visit. Our room was comfortable and rustic, but still very elegant. The building itself is very old. The onsen tubs were spectacular, particularly the one right underneath the surf. Not a single moment in this place was unenjoyable, even though a typhoon was very close to the island for a portion of our stay. All of the staff are extremely attentive and kind, even if they don’t know any english. We were very sad to leave Soyotei. It was a beautiful minshuku and we’d go back in a heartbeat. Perfect honeymoon location! Review from canadiansarah1

#20 Kirishima Yunotani Sanso (Kirishima City)

This is a convalescent hot spring that opened in 1940 (15th year of Showa). It has 5 own sources of hot spring. Their bathtubs were designed and built to conform with the natural yield of hot spring water. Soak in their sulfur carbonate spring and enjoy the tickling feeling of bubbles on your skin.

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The old hot spring inn located in the mountains. They have three small bathtubs with different benefits. A lot of local people are enjoying the bath time while chatting. Very friendly people. There was also a friendly dog kept by the inn. It’s good place for simple relaxation. We wanted to stay longer! Review from WeLoveAtsumon

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Ranking method:” Kagoshima Hot Springs Inn/Hotel Top 20″ was aggregated by the unique algorithm based on the review evaluations in Japanese posted during July 2015 – June 2016 in terms of Hot Springs Inns/Hotels in Kagoshima.