Nakajima Onsen Ryokan – Famous Historical Spa of Saigo Takamori –



Historical hero Mr. Saigo Takamori loved Fukiage Onsen Area. It takes about 1 hour from Kagoshima City.


History of Fukiage Onsen Area

Local Forklore

In the past, a clever horse got injured seriously at the village of Fukiage.

The hourse escaped from the house when its master didn’t watch the hourse. The hourse was found to take the natural spa in deep mountain.

The master took the horse to the spa everyday and the injury of the hourse recovered dramatically.

The rumor spread and people started to come to take the spa. This is the origin of Fukiage Spa.

(Imamura Tatsuo “Forklore of Fukiage”)

Saigo Takamori

His statue stands at the entrance of Fukiage Onsen Area.

Statue of Saigo Takamori

He looks very happy to take the spa.

Statue of Saigo Takamori

Saigo Takamori is said to come to Fukiage Onsen Area in 1870, 1871 and 1874.

When he came to Fukiage Onsen Area in 1874, he is said to enjoy hunting while enjoying spa.

Saigo Takamori was killed 3 years after his final visit to Fukiage Onsen Area.


Fukiage Onsen Town 

Fukiage Onsen Town


Beautiful mountains and forests surround Fukiage Onsen Town.

Fukiage Onsen Town


Nakajima Onsen Ryokan

Mr. Saigo chose this spa of Nakajima Onsen Ryokan because it uses 100% natural hot water and the water has effects on skin diseases. Mr. Saigo has suffered from skin diseases for a long time in his life.

Appearance of Nakajima Onsen Ryokan

Nakajima Onsen Ryokan


Nakajima Onsen Ryokan


The building of Nakajima Onsen Ryokan has the history of more than 80 years.

Nakajima Onsen Ryokan


I discovered a picture of big face of Mr. Saigo at the entrance of the Ryokan.

Portrait of Mr. Saigo Takamori


I bought the ticket at the machine and handed it to the staff.

Spa ticket machine


This is the entrance of family spa. If you stay at the Ryokan, you can enjoy the spa exclusively.

entrance of family spa

Nakajima Onsen Ryokan


Following picture is the entrance of the public bath.

Left entrance is for women and right entrance is for men.

Nakajima Onsen Ryokan


I took off my shoses here. Let’s take the bath!

entrance of Nakajima Onsen Ryokan

Spa of Shimadzu Clan

Not only Mr. Saigo but also Mr. Shimadzu Tadayoshi .(1492-1568)loved taking the spa of Nakajima Onsen Ryokan.

Tadayoshi was the grandfather of Shimadzu Yoshihisa and Shimadzu Yoshihiro. Those brothers contributed to the strong foundation of Satsuma Domain and added whole Kyushu Island to their territory of Satsuma Domain.


Wonderful Spa!

Big picture of Fukiage beach was painted on the wall of the spa.

spa of nakajima onsen ryokan

I am sorry that I couldn’t take pictures of spa well due to the steam of hot water.

stone lantern in spa

span of nakajima onsen ryokan


The hot water of the spa is brought straightly from the underground of Nakajima Onsen Ryokan without adding any water.

hot water of nakajima onsen ryokan


The water of the left bath is hot. The right one is not too hot.

I took the right bath and enjoy the water for a long time.

spa of nakajima onsen ryokan


Free shampoo and conditioners are not equipped at the spa.

You can buy shampoo and conditioners at the receipt, but it is better to bring them for yourself.

shower of Nakajima Onsen Ryokan


Good flavor of sulfur is filled the spa room. It is very relaxing.

spa of Nakajima Onsen Ryokan


I thought that the picture of the turtle was very cute.

Fukiage beach is close to the Nakajima Onsen Ryokan and is famous place where turtles lay eggs.中島温泉旅館


After Spa

I drank a bootle of cole at the garden of Nakajima Onsen Ryokan.

Nakajima Onsen Ryokan


I took a walk around the Ryokan. I found a small shrine at the backyard of the Ryokan.

Nakajima Onsen Ryokan


My Comment

The Nakajima Onsen Ryokan is the traditional Japanese Ryokan.

The fee to take the spa is only 330 yen. It is very reasonable.

I enjoyed chatting with other guests when I took the spa. One guest has taken spa at every weekends for more than 30 years. It shows many people has loved the Ryokan for the long time.


Information of Spa


About 60 minutes from Kagoshima City by car. Free parking lot is available.

Open Hour

06:00-21:00(Holiday: 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday)


Adult 330 yen. (primary school student 150 yen, infant 80 yen)

2,160 yen for Family Spa 1 hour.

Spa Quality



Hair dryer is free for uese. You ca buy body soap, shampoo, conditioners and towel at the ticket machine.




1106 Yunoura, Fukiage-cho, Hioki City, Kagoshima Prefecture


You can enjoy traditional Japanese Spa


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Here is the another famous spa at Fukiage Onsen Town.

Mr. Saigo Takamori also loved the following spa at Yamagawa Ibusuki City.


Nearby Lunch Spot

There are many attractive restaurant of traditional Japanese houses.


Nearby Travel Spot

The shrine is famous place for popular TV dramas.

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