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An Island where People Live Alongside the Volcano. An Iconic Symbol of Kagoshima, Floating in Kagoshima Bay.

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Sakurajima is an active composite volcano located in Kagoshima Bay. It is a symbol of Kagoshima, and part of Kirishima-Yaku National Park. The volcano began to form around 26,000 years ago, and it has had 17 major eruptions. Sakurajima used to be an island, as its name suggests (shima means island), but the lava flow from the 1914 eruption filled the strait between Sakurajima and the mainland, connecting it to the Osumi Peninsula. Even in the present day, Sakurajima has small-scale eruptions nearly daily.

However, many people live on Sakurajima. It is said that volcanoes are a source of blessings, including delicious crops and hot springs that relieve people’s fatigue.
The smoke that Sakurajima spews is powerful and entrancing, making it a popular attraction.

Another appealing aspect is that Sakurajima is easily accessible from the city center of Kagoshima by the Sakurajima Ferry, which takes about 15 minutes. The ferries travel from Kagoshima Port to Sakurajima Port. The view from the ferries is also spectacular: you can see the smoke rising from Sakurajima, the streets of Kagoshima, and if you are lucky, you can sometimes see dolphins swimming as well!

For those who wish to experience the mountain that is right before their eyes, we recommend the “Yunohira Observatory.” It features the closest location that people can reach to the vents of Sakurajima.

You can also enjoy hot footbaths at Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park, free of charge. Spanning a length of about 100 meters, it is one of Japan’s largest footbath. It is sure to relieve and heal your tired feet after walking around!


  • Many people come visit to look at the majesty of Sakurajima, which is an active volcano.
  • The island is easy to access, about 15 minutes by ferry from Kagoshima Port to Sakurajima Port.
  • Delicious agricultural products, such as Sakurajima daikon and Sakurajima komikan, are available, as well as hot springs that can whisk away your exhaustion.
  • Feel the heartbeat of the earth in this location.
  • If you’re lucky, you might be able to see dolphins while on the ferry!


  • Sakurajima


  • Sakurajima is an active volcano

    Sakurajima is an active volcano

  • Sakurajima, as seen from the Shiroyama Park Observation Deck

    Sakurajima, as seen from the Shiroyama Park Observation Deck

  • Yunohira View Place

    Yunohira View Place

  • Foot bath at Sakurajima Volcanic Shore Park

    Foot bath at Sakurajima Volcanic Shore Park

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Are there pamphlets and signage in foreign languages available for Sakurajima?


Yes, we have pamphlets in Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English, and Korean.


Are coin lockers available?


Yes, there are coin lockers available on the first floor of the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal.


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Name in Japanese
Postal Code
Sakurajima, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
099-223-5771 (Kagoshima Prefectural Visitors Bureau)
Free to walk
Walk anytime
15 minutes by ferry from Kagoshima Port
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)