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A symbol of Kagoshima Prefecture, Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, spewing smoke or ash on an almost daily basis. In its prominent location on the edge of Kinko Bay, just 4 kilometers by ferry from Kagoshima City, it is a stunning landmark from various spots, but is most impressive close up. 
Sakurajima is one of the world's great active volcanoes at 1,117 meters tall and 50km around. The volcano, which formed on the south rim of the Aira Caldera, is a stratovolcano consisting of two peaks, the North Peak and the South Peak, and has repeating major eruptions. During of them, a major eruption in 1914, lava filled a 400-meter wide strait causing the island to connect with Osumi Peninsula on the opposite shore. Approximately 10 billion tons of lava, a volume without parallel in the world, flowed out.
There is an observatory with a view of the summit midway up the mountain where you can feel the power of the active volcano spewing smoke up close.

Learn and explore

Start your journey of discovery at Sakurajima Visitor Center, where interactive exhibits explain the history and geology of the volcano, as well as the way of life of people living near it. The Yunohira and Kurokami observation points offer impressive views of the volcano, while the buried Kurokami Shrine torii gate shows the impact of the 1914 eruption

Sakurajima Visitor Center

The history of the eruptions and development of Sakurajima and the transitions of vegitation are exhibited and explained in an easy-to-understand manner. There are also interactive facilities including an eruption simulation and high definition theater (refer to the Reference Materials for details).

Sakurajima International Volcanic Sabo Center

A museum for looking at and experiencing the horrors of disasters caused by volcanic activities and mudslides, and various countermeasures for preventing such disasters (refer to the Reference Materials for details).

Arimura Lava Observatory

Located in the south of Sakurajima in front of Arimurazaki. It is on a small hill in the lava field created by the great eruption in 1946.
The view of Sakurajima that opens out before you is overwhelming.

Relax and indulge

While gazing on the volcano you can soak your feet in Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park & Footbath, one of the largest footbaths in all of Japan at 100 meters. And why not taste the giant daikon radish  which hold Guinness World Records for their size and tiny komikan orange!

Coexist with Sakurajima

Coexist with Sakurajima-1

Sakurajima is only 4 kilometers away from town. Life in Kagoshima is inextricably entwined with Sakurajima. Learning from great eruptions of the past, the communities living on Sakurajima have built numerous evacuation shelters, and students wear helmets when going to and from school. With such knowledge and efforts, these communities continue to coexist with Sakurajima.

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