You can access Ibusuki through Kagoshima Chuo station, or Minamina-Kagoshima eki.
From Chuo station, it was about ¥2,000 roundtrip, and the train ride was about 1hr 15 mins. From Minami-Kagoshima, it took about 1hr, and roundtrip the cost was ¥1,880.
Once you go in through Ibusuki station, you may get a one day bus pass at the tourism information desk to allow you to visit the entire area which has nice facilities like Cape Nagasakibana, the Nagasakibana Parking Garden (which has a number of animals and is a great petting zoo for children), the Flower Park Kagoshima (which is truly someplace you have to go to fully appreciate the “zen- ness” of it all), Lake Ikeda (where you can eat noodles spinning in circle, really fun!!!), and Healthy Land (which offers the famous sand bath, and other onsen experiences). One must bear in mind that the last bus leaves most locations at about 17:00 and accordingly, most of the places close around the same time.
We caught the train from Kagoshima and once to Ibusuki station, we caught the bus to Cape Nagasakibana (where you can also visit Ryugu Shrine). From there, you can get a great view of Mont Kaimondake, which is a small version of Mt. Fuji.
Then we walked (a very short 3 minutes walk) to Nagasakibana Parking Garden. Our daughter loved Nagasakibana Parking Garden because she was able to hold a parrot, feed lemurs, touch ducks, guinea pigs and swans, as well as feed the goats. She saw a pony for the first time and that was so exciting for her. We were able to watch the Flamingo show and the Parrot Show. Unfortunately, we missed the rat show, that is something I would have liked to see.
Here’s a tip: the lady at the entrance said that it is possible to get ¥200 off of our tickets by visiting their website (http:// nagasakibana.com/), so instead of paying ¥2,400 for two adults, we paid ¥2,000.