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Kirishima Onsen () lies on the lower slopes of the Kirishima Mountains with a distant view over Kagoshima Bay and Sakurajima. It is one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts with high quality, sulfuric hot spring waters and an interesting variety of outstanding bath facilities.

Kirishima Onsen covers a rather wide area and is made up of over a dozen separate hot springs. Among them, Maruo Onsen is the largest and the representative resort town of Kirishima Onsen with a high concentration of ryokan and hotels. More ryokan and hotels of various sizes are spread across the area.

Tourists can enjoy the thermal waters by staying at one of the local ryokan or visiting a public bath. Furthermore, many ryokan open their bathing facilities to non-staying guests during the daytime for typically 500-1200 yen. Below is a list of some of Kirishima Onsen's best baths:

Kirishima Hotel••

Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 17:00
Daytime Admission: 1200 yen
Overnight Stay: From around 14,000 yen per person including 2 meals

Shinyu Onsen - Shinmoeso••

Daytime Hours: 8:00 to 20:00
Daytime Admission: 600 yen
Overnight Stay: From around 13,000 yen per person including 2 meals

Sakura Sakura

Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 16:00
Daytime Admission: 750 yen
Overnight Stay: From around 10,000 yen per person including 2 meals

Ryokojin Sanso

Daytime Hours: 12:00 to 15:00
Daytime Admission: 600 yen
Overnight Stay: From around 12,500 yen per person including 2 meals

Kirishima Kokusai Hotel

Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 15:00 (entry until 14:00)
Daytime Admission: 1000 yen
Overnight Stay: From around 15,000 yen per person including 2 meals

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

Getting there and around

Bus network around Kirishima:

Public transportation around Kirishima Onsen deteriorated terribly during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, it is best explored by rental car. Rental car outlets are available in Miyazaki, Miyakonojo, Kagoshima and at Kagoshima Airport.

The most useful bus line connects JR Kirishima Jingu Station with Maruo Onsen (30 minutes, 560 yen, departures every 1-4 hours) via Kirishima Shrine before terminating at the Kirishima Iwasaki Hotel. In addition, there are bus lines from JR Kirishima Onsen Station (25 minutes, 520 yen, departures every 2-5 hours; no service on weekends and public holidays) and from Kagoshima Airport (35 minutes, 760 yen, departures every 1-4 hours) to Maruo Onsen and further to the Kirishima Iwasaki Hotel. Another bus line connects Kirishima Shrine with JR Miyakonojo Station (70 minutes, 1260 yen, every 2-5 hours) in Miyazaki Prefecture.

How to get to and around Kirishima