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by Anja Mutić

Hot Sand Baths, Ibusuki Hakusuikan, Japan

You might find the idea of being buried in hot volcanic sand up to your neck beside the sea anything but relaxing. But considering that it's been done for over 300 years, perhaps you should just go with the flow. To avoid being hit on the head by a beach ball, try the hot sand baths at the private beach of Ibusuki Hakusuikan, a hotel in southwestern Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture. The hot sand increases your body temperature and blood circulation more effectively than a soak in a hot spring. Keep in mind that hitting Ibusuki Hakusuikan's bathhouses—reproductions of traditional Japanese baths that include a kama-buro (a clay sauna) as well as cold- and hot-water baths—is an important end to the ritual. The last thing you need are remnant grains in hard-to-reach places.

Ibusuki Hakusuikan hot sand bath, $13; Genroku bathhouse, free for hotel guests and $49 for non-guests (3:30 to 8 pm).

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