Why do you think that you feel good when you are in an open-air bath?
An open-air bath is almost the only place where you can be naked in outdoor.
By getting naked, you can enjoy the changing seasons in perfect harmony with nature.
There is a hot spring where you can enjoy light of fireflies around rainy season.
Two Different Sources of Spring
Kagoshima is famous for Kirishima Onsen and Ibusuki Onsen, but I would also recommend a rustic spa village, Shibi Onsen.
You will drive from Kirishima to the base of Satsuma Peninsula.
There are three Onsen Ryokans and one common bathhouse in Shibi Onsen.
Hatago Shibisou is an inn that has two different sources of spring, so that you can enjoy the delicate difference between them, in the bathroom filled with hydrogen sulfide‘s smell.
The hotter water is at 124 degrees, with slimy texture, being poured into the oval tub.
Tubs like this shape can be seen in old common bathhouses; local people also utilize here for walk-in, since the rate is only 300 yen.
The water in the squire tub is at 108 degrees, and slightly looks cloudy.
Time goes surprisingly fast while you enjoy the two different springs.
Deer meats are served at dinner.
It is one of the most luxury experiences to have rare local foods in a Ryokan.
When you become full, please take a short break and then go to the open-air bath.
There is only an open-air bath, and it is for private use; you can use it freely as long as there are no previous visitors.
It is surrounded by the dense green forest, and you will climb down stairs along a stream.
You will have a soak in fresh mountain air.
After sunset in May, I felt something came into sight。
When I switched off the light, there were many fireflies above the stream!
I realized every messy affair in daily life was trivial at all, viewing from the excellent hot spring the light of fireflies.
Of course, please watch your step in the dark!
Viewing fireflies while soaking in the great hot spring
|Hatago Shibisou, Shibi Onsen, Kagoshima, Japan|
Related hot springs
Here also you can see a beautiful oval tub.
Mt. Unzen is famous for its volcanic activity, and Kyushu has many spots like this where enormous power of nature exists.
A hot spring often suggests us where they are.