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[ March 11 or 25 ] Half-day walking tour on Sakurajima!

English-Speaking Tour Guide will attend to this tour.
Don't miss the opportunity to know al'bout Sakurajima!
Please Join us!

[ Date ] 
March 11 (Sun) or March 25 (Sun)

[ Time ]
9:00 - 12:00

[ Fee ]
3,240yen
* Additional ferry fare required

[ Course ] 
START >> Tenmonkan >> Sakurajima Ferry Terminal >> Hakamagoshi (Sakurajima Port) >> Sakurajima Visitor Centre >> Sakurajima Lava Nagisa Park & Footbath >> GOAL 

[ Contact us ]
Kagoshima Wonderful Walk Assoc.
E-mail: info@kww.or.jp

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Sakurajima Ferry Terminal "Sakurajima Port"

Sakurajima Ferry runs between Kagoshima Port and Sakurajima Port.

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Passengers from Kaogshima Port pay the fare by cash (or certain IC cards) when they get off at Sakurajima Port.

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You may pay only by cash (Japanese yen) or IC card (IWASAKI Card, RAPICA).

JR-issued IC cards (e.g. Suica) and other currencies (e.g. US$) are not acceptable.

There are no money exchange services on Sakurajima island.

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The passengers from Sakurajima Port pay the fare by cash (or certain IC cards) when they board the ferry, and disembark freely at Kagoshima Port.

We recommend you to purchase the "Welcome Cute", which is the public transportation pass that includes trips on ferries, buses, and trams operated by Kagoshima City.

You can buy the "Welcome Cute" pass at the service counter on the 2nd floor of Sakurajima Port (7:00~9:00) in advance your boarding and show it to the crew.

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Passengers of "YORIMICHI Cruise" need to buy the "Welcome Cute" pass at the service counter on the 2nd floor of Kagoshima Port (open 7:30-19:00). * "YORIMICHI Cruise" departs from Kagoshima Port.

Sakurajima Ferry runs 24 hours every day! This means you can enjoy a variety of scenery onboard from early in the morning to late at night!

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Rounds trips are not permitted, so please disembark when the ferry has reached the destination port.

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■ Sakurajima Port for Sakurajima Ferry 

【 Access 】
Sakurajima Island View Bus: get off at "Sakurajima Ferry Terminal"
Local bus on Sakurajima island: get off at "Sakurajima Ferry Terminal"

【 Terminal opening hours
24 hours

Office business hours 】 
7:00-19:00 * There will be staff stationed at the terminal 24 hours daily for concerns about fare.

【 Timetable 】 

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Sakurajima Ferry Terminal "Kagoshima Port" (Kagoshima Honko Port)

Kagoshima Port for Sakurajima Ferry is about 15 to 20 minutes walk away from Tenmonkan area.

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From Kagoshima Chuo Station, take the city tram to Suizokukan-guchi (Aquarium) tram stop.

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Both passenger and vehicles will pay the fare at Sakurajima Port for the regular ferry line.

At Kagoshima Port, board the ferry and pay the fare when you arrive at Sakurajima Port.

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You may pay only by cash (Japanese yen) or IC card (IWASAKI Card, RAPICA).

JR-issued IC cards (e.g. Suica) and other currencies (e.g. US$) are not acceptable.

There are no money exchange services on Sakurajima island.

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We recommend you to purchase the "Welcome Cute", which is a public transportation pass that includes trips on ferries, buses, and trams operated by Kagoshima City.

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You can buy the "Welcome Cute" pass at the service counter on the 2nd floor of Sakurajima Port (open 7:00-9:00) in advance of your boarding and show it to the crew.

Sakurajima Ferry runs 24 hours every day! This means you can enjoy a variety of scenery onboard from early in the morning to late at night!

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* Round trips are not permitted, so please disembark when the ferry has reached the destination port.

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■ Kagoshima Port for Sakurajima Ferry

【 Access 】
Kagoshima City Tram: 5 minutes walk from Suizokukan-guchi (Aquarium) tram stop
JR train: 12 minutes walk from JR Kagoshima Station
Kagoshima City Tram: 15 minutes walk from Tenmonkan tram stop

Terminal opening hours 
24 hours

Office business hours 】 
7:00-19:00 * There will be staff stationed at the terminal 24 hours daily for concerns about fare.

【 Timetable 】

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Yunohira Observatory

Yunohira Observatory is the highest spot on Mt. Sakurajima that is accessible by the public.

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One can enjoy a panoramic view of a grey lava field and also the occasional rising ash cloud from volcanic eruptions.

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This spot also commands a panoramic view of Kagoshima City and the calm Kinko Bay.

When the sun sets, the night view of the lights in Kagoshima City is a beautiful contrast to the dark Mt. Sakurajima.

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Inspired by the volcano's name Sakura-jima, the roof of this observatory is shaped like a sakura cherry blossom petal.

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There are 7 heart-shaped stones in this stone wall.
Let's try to find all 7 stones!

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【 Access 】
A few minutes from the bus stop "Yunohira observatory" on the Sakurajima Island View bus route

15 min. by car from Sakurajima Ferry Terminal

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YORIMICHI CRUISE

There is a cruise called "YORIMICHI CRUISE", which will keep you fully entertained for 50 minutes with the attractive and changing views of Mt.Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.

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The cruise runs once a day, departing from Kagoshima Port at 11:05AM and arriving at Sakurajima Port.

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The cruising course differs from the ordinary one as it goes down Kinko Bay in a circuit. You may even get to see dolphins. 

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Discover a lesser-seen side of Kagoshima on the "YORIMICHI CRUISE"!

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[ Fare ]
500 yen (adult) 250 yen (child)
** You will need to pay the fee in advance at Kagoshima Port.
** Passengers with one day passes "Welcome Cute" should drop by the ticket office to exchange for a boarding ticket on the day of boarding.


[ Departure time ]
11:05 AM from Kagoshima Port (one service a day)
** There is a useful circuit bus for Sakurajima sightseeing called "Sakurajima Island View" which starts at Sakurajima Port at 12:15 PM
** If you wish to return to Kagoshima Port, you will need to pay 160 yen for the regular ferry service back. 


[ Ticket Offices ]
>> Kagoshima Port
>> Sakurajima Port
>> Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Center

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Sakurajima Summer Night Cruise

The Summer Night Cruise around Kinko Bay is an annual tradition. 

From 7 to 9 pm you can enjoy a floating beer garden and 50 fireworks bursting over the surface of the water.


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PLACE: Kagoshima City, Kinko Bay

DAYS: August 1 - 31*excluding August 13 - 15

○OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.city.kagoshima.lg.jp/sakurajima-ferry/cruise/noryo.html

CONTACT: Kagoshima City Ship Operation Division TEL:+81-99-293-4785


Kagoshima Fireworks Displays 2016 (over 5,000 fireworks)

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[ 24 July ] from 8pm
Shibushi Port Festival
@Shibushi Port
10,000 fireworks

[ 30 July ] from 8pm
Sakurajima Hinoshima Festival
@Sakurajima Multi-purpose Park
6,000 fireworks

[ 6 August ] from 8pm
Isa City Summer Festival
@Hishikari, Isa City
5,000 fireworks

[ 7 August ] from 8pm
Makurazaki Port Festival
@Makurazaki Port
10,000 fireworks

[ 7 August ] from 8pm
Kanoya Summer Festival
@Furue Port (scheduled)
8,000 fireworks

[ 13 August ] from 8pm
Tarumizu Fureai Festa Summer Festival
@Tarumizu Port
8,000 fireworks

[ 16 August ] from 7:40pm
Sendaigawa River Fireworks Festival
@Sendaigawa riverside
10,000 fireworks

[ 20 August ] from 7:30pm
Kagoshima Kinko Bay Summer Night Fireworks Festival
@Kagoshima Port -Honko Port- 
15,000 fireworks


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Sakurajima Visitor Center

When you are have just arrived in Sakurajima and are wondering where to head to first, this small museum Sakurajima Visitor Center is a good place to start.

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Sakurajima Visitor Center provides information (and some interpretation) about Mt. Sakurajima's eruptions, history, mechanisms and so on.

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You can also watch a live webcam of the active Showa crater, see real-time seismometer data and a display counting the number of recent eruptions on Mt. Sakurajima.

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After learning about Mt.Sakurajima, proceed outside to enjoy the open-air foot bath at the Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park right beside the visitor center.

The heat of the natural hot spring will remind you of the energy of the volcano.

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【 Access 】
Sakurajima Port: 10 minutes walk from Sakurajima Port
Sakurajima Island View bus: a few minutes from the bus stop "Visitor Center"

【 Entrance fee 】
Free

【 Business hours 】
9:00-17:00

【 Closed 】
Open daily

You can buy books about Mt. Sakurajima and souvenirs.

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Sakurajima Island View Bus

The Sakurajima Island View bus, which covers the west area of Sakurajima, can be boarded at the Sakurajima port.

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The one hour course has stop-overs at the Sakurajima Visitor Center (a volcano museum), the Yunohira Observatory (closest spot to the crater, which is at an elevation of 373m), and so on.
Recommended for visitors with limited time but would like to visit all the must-see locations on Sakurajima.

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[ Bus Stops ]
 (1) Sakurajima Port → (2) Hi-no-Shima Megumi-kan / Sakurajima "Michi-no-Eki" (Local Products Market) → (3) Rainbow Sakurajima Guest House → (4) Sakurajima Visitor's Center → (5) Karasujima Observatory → (6) Akamizu Observatory Square → (7) Akamizu Yunohira-guchi → (8) Yunohira Observatory → (9) Oushu Elementary School → (1) Sakurajima Port
[ Bus Fare ] depends on distance traveled
Adult: 120 yen - 440 yen / Child (primary school and below): 60 yen - 220 yen
One Day Pass (500 Yen) Available for sales on the Sakurajima Island View Bus

[ Getting There ] Terminal station: Sakurajima Port
Sakurajima Ferry Terminal (1F)

[ Website ] 
Sakurajima Island View >>

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Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park - Foot Bath

The Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park has a free-of-charge, 100-meter-long foot bath.

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With Kinko Bay in front and the magnificent Mount Sakurajima behind, one can feel the energy of Mother Nature.

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Immerse your tired feet in the natural hot spring water drawn from 1,000 meters underground to recuperate from fatigue.

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For those who want more than just a foot bath, do head over to the Sakurajima Magma Onsen (hot spring) facility nearby.

This Japanese onsen (hot spring) facility is equipped with sauna, cold water bath, utase-yu back- and shoulder-massaging bath, electric pulse bath, and jacuzzi.

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◆ Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park - Foot Bath
 [ Usage Fee ] Free of Charge
 [ Operating Hours ] 09:00 HRS till sunset
 [ Getting There ] 5 minute walk from Sakurajima Port

◆ Sakurajima Magma Onsen
 [ Usage Fee ] Adult: 300 yen / Child: 120 yen
 [ Operating Hours ] 10:00 - 22:00 HRS (13:00 - 22:00 HRS on Wednesdays only)
 [ Getting There ] 3 minute walk from Sakurajima Port

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Sakurajima Ferry

The Sakurajima Ferry is a regular ferry operating between Kagoshima Honko Port and Sakurajima Port.

Sakurajima Port is only approx. 4 km away from Kagoshima Port across the bay.

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Sakurajima Ferry runs every 10-15 min during daytime, and operates 24 hours.

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Visitors can enjoy the charm of Sakurajima and Kinko Bay from the ferry.



Locals also enjoy the cruise with udon noodles sold on the ferry.

This is one of the recommended ways to enjoy the ferry from downtown Kagoshima to Sakurajima.

1st Get on the ferry

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2nd Rush to the Japanees noodle shop "Yabukin", and order udon noodles!

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3rd Grab your udon noodle bowl and chopsticks (be careful not to spill the scalding hot soup), and eat outside while looking at the Sakurajima volcano coming closer to you.

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4th When you hear the announcement signaling your imminent arrival at Sakurajima, return your bowl to the shop saying "gochiso-sama".

Don't forget you need to finish all these steps within 15 minutes!




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◆ Sakurajima Ferry

[ Ticket Price ]
Adult 160 yen; Children 80 yen 

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 YORIMICHI Cruise (Excursion Cruise)

Excursion Cruise detours from the regular Sakurajima ferry route and cruises around Mt. Sakurajima for approximately 50 minutes.

The cruise leaves Kagoshima Port at 11:05 am everyday (except 29 Dec to 3 Jan).


[ Ticket Price ]
・ Adults 500 yen; Children 250 yen


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100% Natural Footbath at Sakurajima!

Dig your own hotspring by yourself, then enjoy taking a footbath with a great view of the sea!

You will see and feel the energy of Earth!! 


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You can take a private tour organized by the Sakurajima Visitor Center.

Or you can purchase a digging set (a shovel, towel, and guidebook), also available at the Sakurajima Visitor Center.

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【Sakurajima Hot Spring digging tour】
  ** Kindly make an advance reservation for the tour.

■ Tour Season:  all year

■ Time required: 2 - 3 hours

■ Fee3500 per person 

■ Capacity: 7  (Please contact us for 8 or more participants) 

■ What you need: Dress easy to move, hat, towel, drink  

■ Contact: +81 99-245-0100

■ Official WebsiteSakurajima Museum

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