An Island where People Live Alongside the Volcano. An Iconic Symbol of Kagoshima, Floating in Kagoshima Bay.
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.
Travel to Sakurajima from the city center of Kagoshima is easy, being just a 15-minute ferry ride away. 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! (Ferry fare: Adults 200 yen, children 100 yen)
There are many observatory areas on Sakurajima with great views, but we recommend the “Showa Volcanic Area Observatory” and its “Kurokami View Spot.” This observatory overlooks the Showa Crater, which has erupted frequently since 2006. (Showa Volcanic Area Observatory Address: Kurokami Town, Kagoshima City)
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. (Yunohira Observatory Address: 1025 Koike-cho, Sakurajima, Kagoshima Prefecture)
You can also enjoy hot footbaths at Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park, free of charge. Spanning a length of 100 meters, it is one of Japan’s largest footbath. It is sure to relieve and heal your tired feet after walking around! (Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park Address: 1722-3 Yokoyama-cho, Sakurajima, Kagoshima City)
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!
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- Sakurajima, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
- 099-245-2550 (Office of Minna no Sakurajima Council)
- 15 minutes by ferry from Kagoshima Port
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)