On Kinko Bay, the Ibusuki Seaside Hotel is an unpretentious base for exploring the far south of Kyushu Island. Many of its western and Japanese-style rooms have sea views.
There's a large outdoor pool and a children's pool - and, in the warm summer months, there's the inviting sea to take a dip in. Gaze out over Kinko Bay as you soak in the hot spring baths or try the local detox speciality in a samushi onsen (or heated sand bath).
Leisure: Outdoor pool, children's pool, indoor hot spring bath, sand bath onsen, massage, table tennis, bicycle hire
Rooms: 104 rooms
Wander along the ancient trails of Kumano Kodo and its spiritual shrines, enjoying the peaceful, and enchanting surroundings as well as taking in the hospitality of local families along the way.