Sakurajima is one of the world’s largest and most active volcanoes and it is located near the southern tip of Kyushu, Japan. Although previously an island volcano, a massive eruption in 1914 connected some of surrounding area together making it a peninsula. Recently researchers have suggested that the volcano may have a serious an eruption within the next 30 years, but don’t let that deter you from visiting this magnificent place. At Sakurajima you’ll have a chance to step foot on an amazing volcano!
Sakurajima is part of the Kirishima-Yaku national park which stretches extremely far into Kyushu. The area around Sakurajima has a lot to offer; you’ll be able to take part in a wide variety of activities including hiking, visiting the active volcano and witnessing a lava flow as well as take a dip in onsens nearby. Lava flows are common at Sakurajima so there is a good chance you’ll be able to see one on your adventure here.
One of the major city areas near Sakurajima is Kagoshima city which is located due east of the volcano. Kagoshima is famous for contributing to Japans industrial revolution as well as being a tourist hot spot due to its many festivals. From Kagoshima you can take the Sakurajima Ferry to Sakurajima Port to view the volcano.
The Sakurajima Ferry was built after the 1914 eruption to help evacuate the people living on Sakurajima. The Sakurajima ferry is used for many purposes now including wedding ceremonies. On the ferry there is an udon restaurant, so if you are running on an empty stomach you may want to give it a shot. Keep in mind that because the ferry can reach the island in about 15 minutes you may not have much time to eat.
From Sakurajima port there are many attractions to check out, there are observatories and natural wonders for you to experience, such as the lava flow viewing area. A fun fact about Sakurajima is that the island is home to the worlds largest radishes. Also if you visit Sakurajima, be sure to go to Yogan Nagisa Park. At the park you’ll be able to see old lava rock structures jutting up from the ground as well as experience the foot onsens. An island bus tour is available for you take around Sakurajima you’ll stop at multiple destinations throughout the trip including a few bus stops to give you a chance to get out and stretch your legs.
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Address: Akobarucho, Sakurajima, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Access: 15 minutes by ferry from Sakurajima Ferry Terminal. The ferry Terminal is a ten minute walk from JR Kagoshima Station or a five minute walk from the Suizokukan-guchi tram stop.
Phone: 099-245-2550 (Sakurajima Council Office)
Website: Sakurajima (Japanese)