Satsuma Peninsula(Sand bath or hot spring) & Japanese Lunch(CH)
Sightseeing, Shopping, Meal included
Firstly you will visit Lake Ikeda, which is the biggest volcanic lake in Kyushu, with a circumference of 15 kilometers and a surface area of 11 square km, and a depth of up to 233 meters. The almost round shaped lake is a caldera lake formed more than 6400 years ago because of volcanic activity in the area. Giant eels live within the lake. They can measure up to two meters long and 60 centimeters in diameter. After that, you enjoy Ibusuki’s hot steam sand baths or hot spring. we also prepared Japnese style lunch use very fresh local materials for you. You have free time for shopping in DFS and lastly, you will go back to the pier.
What we will see
- Volcanic island of Sakurajima
- Arimura Lava lookout
- Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park: thermal footbath
- Tenmonkan district
What we will do
- We board a ferry which takes us to the volcanic island of Sakurajima, symbol of the city of Kagoshima, dominating the sea with its mountain often topped by a smoke plume indicating the magmatic activity that never sleeps.
- We stop at the Arimura Lava lookout on the southern side of the peak, Minami-dake, on the top of a hill in a lava field that formed after a big eruption in 1946.
- From here, we enjoy a 360° view of the volcano, the rugged lava field dotted with pine trees and Kagoshima bay.
- We then head to the Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park and its 100-metre-long thermal tub used for footbaths. We immerse our feet in the hot waters gushing from 1,000 metres underground and boost our energy levels by admiring enchanting scenery, Kinko Bay and the Sakurajima volcano behind us.
- After returning to the city on our ferry, we end our excursion with some shopping in the Tenmonkan district where we can purchase a few souvenirs or enjoy some delicacies such as the shirokuma slush and typical Kagoshima ramen.
What you need to know
- The stop at the Arimura Lava lookout may be replaced by the Shiroyama lookout when the volcano is active.
- Volcanic activity may impede access to the Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park.
- Participants are advised not to wear long skinny trousers or tights as the thermal footbath is only accessed with bare feet.