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“Nice hotel, amidst lush forests and far from the hustle and bustle.”

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Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel
Ranked #4 of 25 Hotels / Ryokan in Ibusuki
Reviewed 14 September 2011

I visited that hotel a couple of weeks ago because a gay tour (Japan-G tour) was held there. Access is not that easy, since it is in the southernmost tip of Kagoshima prefecture, however transportation is provided from Kagoshima Central Station. Expect lots of stops before getting there and an exhausting 2-hour long trip, so my recommendation is that you take a train from Kagoshima Chuo Station (Central) bound for Ibusuki, get off at the cute local station and then take a free shuttle bus to the hotel. Transportation time will be reduce to one hour paying the same price (970 yen, one way). It is a conspicuous fact that the hotel represents what Japan used to be during the financial boom, huge building, lots of well-kept gardens, nice and polite staff, Wi Fi available in the lobby area only but not inside the rooms. The hotel has golf courses, tennis and soccer fields, access to the beach, a huge "jungle" pool with a very beautiful scenery, lots of halls, restaurants (overpriced, but I reserved a tour package and amazing buffet dinner that included precious dishes like the famed black pork and black beef). The breakfast was a totally different story featuring mostly inedible japanese ingredients, but it was not so bad at all. Rooms are aging but still comfortable. I was offered the hot sands which are claimed to be unique to that area in the entire world, the fee was 1050 japanese yen, but did not indulge due to the stifling sultry heat of japanese summer. Sports centre is also available, 525 yen, and it was said that the french soccer team, then defending champions, headquartered in that hotel and trained at the sports centre. They have some shops and displays of jerseys, cleats and other accessories of japanese soccer stars, as a soccer fan, I really enjoyed it. I'd say it was a nice experience staying there, however the hotel is totally isolated from the civilisation and Ibusuki town, being a very bucolic area is not a great deal unless you are interested in the hot sands and their alleged medicinal properties (which I doubt). Wonderful spa, really fresh hotel with a tropical atmosphere, a very good deal if your are visiting Kagoshima City and wish to stay there for one night. The reason why the gay tour was held there was the remote location of this hotel, and notwithstanding most of the guests were conspicuously gay, staff was so kind, helpful and polite.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 December 2010

First if travelling to Ibusuki from Yahushima via the once a day hydrofoil sailing look out for the hotel bus that met the boat. It was about 7:30 at night and I was pleased to spot the bus and it's driver and asked whether they were going and we were guests... in fact the only ones on the ferry. Arrived at the hotel in style in our own bus.

We had dinner the first night in the Chinese restaurant, expensive but other nights opted to walk a mile down the road to a Chinese restaurant that we went past on the bus. This place was a family run business, featured in the Rough Guide. I can't remember the name but the grid reference is 31.23372001, 130.648410, on the left walking in too town. Very good.

Back at the hotel breakfast was good but not as good as elsewhere we had stayed at. My criteria of whether they had western food as well as acres of raw fish. They had acres of raw wish but western choice was not as good although there were cakes as I recall.

The hotel is massive, has it's own mall and dispensing machines. As part of the economy drive we eat out and had a tasty dispensed ice cream from from ice cream vending machine eat evening after dinner blending in with the kids. This was saki fuelled return from the Chinese in town. You probably would not want to hike into town in the summer for evening meal, 2.5 mile round trip.

The station is about a mile away which is walkable from where we picked up our care hire, JR subsidiary. Note the hot water bath set out side the station where the locals soak their feet as a part of a social event, chilling out in the night air and a bit of feet soaking. Steam featured elsewhere in Ibusuki at night as it flows into the drainage system from the hot springs. The saki fuelled return trips after eating provided fragranced return journeys as the flowers and shrubs emitted fragrances at night.

The concept of any internet access for any one at the hotel had yet to arrive at the hotel, so much for that one. The Hawaiian shirts are only available during the summer months - they are mentioned elsewhere.

The hotel has the feeling of one of those Russian hotels of a town within a hotel with a level of regiment. The staff were very friendly. Essentially it is a resort hotel for the Japanese. It did us.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2010

We went to Ibusuki for the sand baths and to relax in the sun by the pool. Unfortunately, we found out the pool was only open in the summer. The restaurants were extremely overpriced. The view was beautiful. The onsen was awesome! The hot sand bath was a unique experience. We believe that this could have been a day trip from Kagoshima without staying the night.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2006

October 2005:
Myself and two friends re-visisted the Iwasaki Ibusuki Hotel in southern Kyushu Japan last October in celebration of our 25th anniversary, since the three of us were working as Polynesian dancers in the hotel back in 1979-80. Yes, this hotel had a show with real Hawaiians back then!
Of course, we expected it to be different, but what a shock how much, after all these years. The hotel was originally set up in every way to resemble Hawaii, because it's original owner Mr. Iwasaki, loved and frequented the islands.
On the grounds, you will see man made ponds and pools resembling little beaches. This hotel also has a great black sand beach where you can take a "mineral "sand bath that is quite refreshing and relaxing!
The "fudo" which is the name for the traditional public bath in Japan, is situated high above the cliff over looking the beach and ocean, and even has an outdoor natural rock bath at the cliffs edge. It did seem a little empty this time, as it was quite a destination and a very popular stop before.
The removal of it's "Jungle Park Theatre" which hosted entertainment daily, and the "Jungle Baths" which sat under a canopy of trees and gardens, in my opinion was a mistake as the hotel has no feature, especially for guests in the evening.

All in all, if you are in the city of Kagoshima, it is worth the one hour scenic train ride to Ibusuki as it is still a cute little town with sweet people and on the way, you will also get a glimpse of the very active "Sakurajima" volcano which sits in Kagoshima Bay.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 January 2006

We've stayed at this hotel about 5 times since 1999.
We usually book from the Iwasaki hotel in Kagoshima and get the mid week special about 11,000 yen. They have sand bath, massages, onsen and swimming pools. When we were there one time the Olympic soccer teams of France, Germany and others were there and security was really professional. Most of times we were there, very few people were staying there - and several times we thought we were the only people there, almost, but not really - we must have come at off season. We wondered how they could support the hotel with such few tourists, but the service was great.
There are several restaurants in the hotel, but we usually walked about less than a km to coffee shop/restaurant on 2nd floor on corner of major street - great sandwiches and deserts. Turning left from there, about 2 blocks are a very nice and good Italian restaurant next to a Japanese restr.

We liked the public sand baths a little more than the hotel's - only 300-800 yen.

Downtown are a couple of good restaurants, one near the train station and another going toward the water specializing in Yakitori - very good. Also you can buy sandwiches, snacks everthing at the big orange supermarket - good prices and you can cross the street and eat in the park.

The rooms in hotel are spacious, clean, very comfortable and very conveient. The bus from Kagoshima/Tenmonkan goes directly to hotel. The train takes you further away and you have to take cab/bus.

  • Stayed: May 2004
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Stayed: February 2018
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Stayed: January 2018, travelled with friends
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Address: 3805-1 Junicho, Ibusuki 891-0493, Kagoshima Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Kagoshima Prefecture > Ibusuki > Ibusuki Onsen
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Ranked #4 of 25 Hotels / Ryokan in Ibusuki
Price Range: £89 - £225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 285
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