Hot springs are a Japanese institution for relaxation and healing, and the Myoken Ishiharaso is an exemplary natural spa experience. The inn sits on the Amorigawa River in a volcanic valley that feeds abundant, free-flowing springs. Relax in a communal rotenburo outdoor bath or bird-watch with your toes in a footbath along the river. Fifteen guest rooms range in styles from traditional tea ceremony-type room with tatami mats to modern designs with sleek Western-style furniture. Meals (included in the overnight rate) are carefully made with respect to local ingredients and seasonality. Visit in early spring for the Dancing Horse festival at the Kagoshima Shrine to see elaborately decorated horses and traditional music. The inn can be reached from Kagoshima Airport or Hayato train station.