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Sakurajima, a symbol of Kagoshima prefecture, is an active volcano and about 36 km in circumference. You can reach Sakurajima by Sakurajima Ferry in about 15 minutes from downtown of Kagoshima. There is still a lot of volcanic activity, and you can see the smoke coming out of the crater everyday. Till date, 17 major eruptions have occurred at Sakurajima. The most catastrophic eruption in 1914 created a lava flow that connected Sakurajima Island and Osumi Peninsula. Minor eruptions still result in the falling of volcanic ash. However, it doesn't affect the tourism and transportation system.
- Sakurajima, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima
- Contact No.
- Take Kagoshima Shiden (Kagoshima City Tram) to Sakurajima Sanbashi Dori stop. 5-min walk from the stop to Sakurajima Ferry Terminal. 15-min ferry ride to Sakurajima-ko (Sakurajima Port).
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Open all the time
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- Time Required
- Half day
- Admission fee
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Yunohira Observatory (Yunohira Tenbosho) is located at the 4th station of Kita-dake (elevation 373 m), and it is the highest point where general climbers can reach. You can see a stunning panoramic view from here. The sunset is especially beautiful.
Yogan Nagisa Pathway
A pathway has been created on a lava field stretching for 3 km. It is selected as one of Japan's best 100 pathways. Newly rooted plants dot the landscape creating a beautiful setting where once everything was barren due to the major eruption about 100 years ago. You can look over Kinko Bay and the downtown of Kagoshima City from the pathway.
One of the Biggest Foot Baths in Japan
The foot bath in Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park is 100 m in length making it the longest foot bath in Japan. It utilizes a natural hot spring that feeds the bath from nearly a 1,000 m below ground. There is another foot bath at Michinoeki Tarumizu not very far from Sakurajima. There, you can view Sakurajima while taking a foot bath.
Sakurajima Ferry links Kagoshima Port and Sakurajima Port in 15 minutes and operates 24 hours a day. In addition to the regular service, they offer 50-minute excursion cruises that take you to Kanze, a floating light tower, and Kinko Bay, where you might encounter dolphins (Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin and long-beaked common dolphin).
Kurokami Maibotsu Tori (Buried Shrine Gate)
The 3-meter-tall tori (shrine gate) at Haragosha Jinja was completely buried by pumice and volcanic ash just a day after the eruption of 1914. The ash was blew up to more than 8,000 m into the air. Now only one meter of the gate can be seen.
Sakurajima Magma Onsen
This hot spring is located in Sakurajima where the volcano is active. The hot spring utilizes the water that is pushed up from a 1,000 m deep magma layer. The brown opaque water is said to be beneficial to cure cuts and neuralgic pain. The public hotel Kokumin Shukusha Rainbow Sakurajima is situated at the foot of Sakurajima and has a large bath by Kinko Bay. Drop-ins are welcome, and the fees are reasonable: 390 yen for adults and 150 yen for children. In addition, Sakurajima Youth Hostel has a hot spring utilizing the magma spring source as well.
Sakurajima Visitor Center
Located right by the Port of Sakurajima, Sakurajima Visitor Center is a small volcanic museum and draws many visitors. You can learn about the history and nature of Sakurajima here. You can also experience the eruptions of Sakurajima on a big screen.