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Kuei Unagi Onsen

6517 Yamagawanarikawa, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 区営鰻温泉


A popular high-temperature sulfur spring, managed by District

This communal bath house is located along the lakeside of the beautiful blue lake “Unagi-ike”, around 1 hour and 20 minutes by car from central Kagoshima City.

This onsen is famous as a place where Saigo Takamori stayed to recover his health. Saigo Takamori was an influential samurai from Kagoshima who led Japan into the Meiji Restoration during the 19th century. The bath house now displays a portrait of Takamori on its wall.

This onsen is the only simple sulfur spring within the Ibusuki Onsen area. The source has a high temperature of 88.8°C, so it is mixed with water to make it more suitable for bathing. The bath house features a single oval-shaped tile bath tub.

Before soaking in a high temperature hot spring, it is comfortable to take a bath after warming your body sufficiently to get used to the temperature. Make sure to pour the hot spring on your body before soaking in the hot tub.

When you soak in the bathtub, your whole body will be wrapped in the soft hot spring. Pleasant quality that will keep your body warm even after leaving the bath.

The bath house opens from 8 in the morning. Fees are inexpensive at 200 yen, but towels and bathing amenities are not available so you should bring your own. The wash area only has 3 faucets and no shower. Please be considerate of others during busy hours.

Outside the bath house, there is a roofed bench where you can take a rest for free. It’s perfect for cooling down and relaxing while enjoying a cold drink from the vending machine.

The Unagi Onsen area has natural steam vents called “SUME” which are used for cooking local steamed dishes. The white plumes of smoke all over the area give it the feel of a traditional onsen town. Visit this place to experience a piece of history while enjoying the beautiful nature.

Indoor bath
◎Hair dryeravailable
Lockers with key
Parking: 25 slots
[Bathing Fees]
Adult (13+) 200 yen
Child (6-12) 100 yen
Infant (0-5)   50 yen
6517 Yamagawa Narikawa, Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture
8:00-20:00 (last entry 19:30)
1st Monday of the month
(※It has not been decided when it will be closed in May. Inquiry Required)
Kuei Unagi Onsen
  • Address: 6517 Yamagawa Narikawa, Ibusuki-shi
  • City: Kagoshima
  • State/county: Kyushu
  • Zip/Postal Code: 891-0516
  • Country: Japan


Updated on July 31, 2019 at 4:15 am

  • Price: ¥200
  • Property Type: Onsen
  • Property Status: All tattoos accepted


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