Sand Bath, Seasonal Harvest & Lunch in Ibusuki (Kagoshima)

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Duration
3 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 8 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
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Private Experience
Bathe in hot volcanic sand, harvest and sample seasonal vegetables, and try Ibusuki’s famous okra and eel in this relaxing spa and farm-to-table experience in Ibusuki, Kagoshima (Southern Kyushu)!
Highlights
Bathe in warm, mineral-rich volcanic sand, a unique experience said to have health and beauty benefits!
Discover the powerful benefits of okra, a mild Japanese vegetable packed with vitamins and antioxidants! Try an okra smoothie and face sheet mask
Harvest seasonal vegetables, cook them in geothermal steam, and have them for lunch along with eel and other Ibusuki specialties!
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Located on the southern tip of mainland Japan, Ibusuki is a small city by the sea with extensive volcanic activity and unique attractions. In this wellness and farm-to-table experience at Ibusuki, you will go sand bathing, harvest and sample seasonal vegetables, and enjoy a lunch with local delicacies. First on the itinerary is sand bathing: you will change into a yukata (a light cotton kimono), lay on the ground, and get covered to your neck in warm, dark volcanic sand. This unique and relaxing practice is said to have beautifying and healing properties, like promoting blood circulation. But rejuvenation is not only for your body: you'll also wear a sheet face mask made with the extract of one of Japan's superfoods. Okra, a long, bright-green Japanese vegetable rich in vitamins and antioxidants, grows extensively in Ibusuki. Although it might resemble a chili pepper, okra actually has an earthy and mild taste. You will get to try it for yourself: an okra smoothie will be waiting for you as a refreshment after the warm sand bath is over! Next, you'll harvest seasonal vegetables and steam them by placing them in a natural steaming pocket. Then, you'll take your produce to a local restaurant where they will use it to prepare a lunch with eel, another local delicacy. After lunch, as you walk around the village with your host, feel free to ask them for local recommendations before they drop you off at the station. There are several ways to reach Ibusuki. If you're in for a scenic ride, consider taking the sightseeing limited express train Ibusuki no Tamatebako from Kagoshima City. This reservation-only train makes three roundtrips a day and has amazing seaside views and a lovely interior. You can ride it to reach this experience's meeting point (Ibusuki Station) in less than one hour from Kagoshima Chuo Station (not included in the experience price).
Inclusions
Sand bath and face mask
Harvesting experience
Lunch meal
Transportation by taxi between each venue
Guide fee
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the meeting point, and any additional transportation before or after the experience
Additional food and drinks
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Your guide will meet you at Ibusuki Station or a local hotel near Ibusuki Station. The exact meeting point will be arranged upon booking.
Remarks
Please inform the host if you have any allergies.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

With a signature laid-back atmosphere to the south of Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture is surrounded by the ocean and lush scenery woven with stunning hiking trails and steaming hot springs, featuring local cuisine whose ingredients are grown from the rich soils of the surrounding volcanic landscape region.
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Earliest available date: April 28, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals