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Kagoshima's Kirishima Onsen: One-Day Hot Springs, Access And More!

Kagoshima's Kirishima Onsen: One-Day Hot Springs, Access And More!

Translated by Greg

Written by Yumiko Delor

Kagoshima 2017.07.02 Bookmark

The Kirishima Hot Spring area is located in Kyushu's Kagoshima prefecture, known for Sakurajima, an active volcano, and countless hot spring resorts. Today we bring you access routes, hot spring health benefits, suggested accommodations and more.

Kagoshima's Famous Hot Springs - Kirishima Onsen


Photo courtesy of: Kirishima City Tourism Association

Kagoshima prefecture is located in the southernmost part of Japan's Kyushu Region. The city of Kirishima was named after the surrounding Kirishima mountains, which is a well known mountain range in Japan.

When gods ruled the world in ancient Japanese mythology, it was believed that the country's founding fathers were nine deities who descended from the skies. It's been said that their first point of contact was the Kirishima city area, now recognized as a land with a long and storied history.

At the Kirishima Hot Spring area, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of onsen. They are all fed by water from nine different springs of various sizes, located at the base of Kirishima mountain.

Health Benefits of the Kirishima Hot Springs


Photo courtesy of: Kirishima City Tourism Association

In the Kirishima Hot Spring area there are eleven different kinds of hot springs, and the chemical and mineral composition of the spring water differs from place to place. While sulfuric springs are the most common here, there are also sodium bicarbonate saline springs, sodium chloride saline springs, and simple thermal springs.

Hot springs have many medicinal benefits including being helpful for sensitivity to the cold and physical fatigue. More specifically, sulfuric springs are good for arteriosclerosis, sodium bicarbonate saline springs and sodium chloride springs can ease chronic skin ailments, and simple thermal springs can help those with chronic digestive disorders.

Getting to the Kirishima Hot Spring Area


Access from Tokyo

ANA (All Nippon Airways), JAL (Japan Airlines), Solaseed Airlines (codeshare flights with ANA), Skymark Airlines and others, have daily flights from Haneda Airport to Kagoshima Airport, and Jetstar Airlines has service from Narita Airport. Flight time is two hours in total.

Access from Osaka

ANA and JAL both have daily service from Osaka's Itami Airport to Kagoshima Airport, and Peach Airlines flies daily from Kansai International Airport. Flight time is one hour and ten minutes.

For further information please read the following article, How To Reach Kagoshima From Major Cities Like Tokyo And Osaka.

Access from Kagoshima Airport to the Kirishima Hot Spring Area

From Kagoshima Airport there is bus service to Kirishima Iwasaki Hotel, making it convenient for those who would like to go to Shioyu Onsen, Maruo Onsen or Iodani Onsen. Travel time to Maruo Onsen is about thirty-five minutes and the one-way fare is 650 yen.

For those taking a taxi, the one-way fare to Maruo Onsen is about 6000 yen. Travel time by taxi is the same as by bus, about thirty-five minutes.

Access from Fukuoka

At Hakata Station in Fukuoka city, hop aboard the JR Kyushu shinkansen (bullet train) and go as far as Kagoshima Chuo Station. At Kagoshima Chuo Station, transfer to the Hayato no Kaze Limited Express train. Going as far as Kirishima Onsen Station will take from three hours to three hours and thirty minutes (including transfer time), and the one-way fare for unreserved seating is 10,980 yen.

To go from Kirishima Onsen Station to the various hot spring accommodations, please use a bus or taxi.

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