Ibusuki ferry port in Japan is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Miyanoura, Kagoshima & Nishinoomote available. With a selection of up to 21 Sailings Weekly, the port of Ibusuki connects Japan with Yakushima & Tanegashima.
Sailing durations range from 40 minutes on the Kagoshima service to 1 hour 20 minutes on the Nishinoomote service.
Although there is a brief summary on this page, as sailing information can vary based on time of year we’d advise you to get live sailing times and prices in our Ibusuki fare search.
On the island of Kyushu forming part of the mosaic of southern Japan the coastal city of Ibusuki. The city is nestled deep within volcanic country and is surrounded by a steeply undulating landscape of verdant hills that pale in comparison to the hulking peak of the Kaimondake volcano on the western outskirts. Ibusuki is also famed for its black-sand spas and hot springs warmed by the underground flow of magma. Every year visitors flock to the city to don towelling robes, bury themselves up to their necks in the sand, and let the curative warmth knead the aches and pains away.
The area around Ibusuki is a wonderland of natural beauty. Upon the fertile hills of the countryside are found a multi-coloured motley of deep woodland and flowers; among them the emblematic hibiscus plant whose blossoms are resplendent in a mix of crimsons, golds and pinks. With such a diverse range of flora on the doorstep, it is little wonder that the city has gained a reputation as an important wildlife sanctuary. The Ibusuki Experimental Botanical Garden; where students can study rare, tropical plants and genetic conservation; is just one of the many local facilities dedicated to protecting Mother Earth.
The port in Ibusuki is found in the Minato district of the city, on the eastern side of the spine of hills that splits the city in two. It consists of a wide pier that extends into a section of the warm Kagoshima Bay sheltered by a breakwater. A single, palm-lined road leads from the residential streets that trace the city shore to the ferry terminal at the tip of the pier. The small facility, painted in baby-pink, is home to a ticket office, a small car-park, a few vending machines selling food and drink, and an indoor waiting room.
The easiest way to travel to the port is to catch the Ibusukimakurazaki Line train to Ibusuki Station and then walk the short distance to the port. Those driving can make use of the number 226 motorway that cuts through the heart of the city before curving north along the coast of the peninsula towards the city of Kagoshima. This route is regularly traversed by buses that leave from a stop just outside the train station to whisk passengers to Kagoshima airport.
Three ferry routes currently operate from the port in Ibusuki throughout the week. Services hosted by Tane Yaku Jetfoil zip to various destinations in the southern reaches of Japan. They include short island-hopping trips to Miyanoura on the island of Yakushima and Nishinoomote on Tanegashima, as well as a slightly longer trip north through Kagoshima Bay to the mainland city of Kagoshima.
4-1274-15 Minato, Ibusuki-shi, Kagoshima 891-0405
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