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Sakura-jima Island


Sakura-jima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture is an active strato volcano with three peaks, 

Kita-dake, Naka-dake and still active Minami-dake.

Formerly an island, it became connected with the Osumi Peninsula in 1914 when lava from

its summit closed the channel between the two.


       View from Kagoshima-city


       Sakurajima Daikon

The huge eruption started again in 1955, followed by eruptions 10 to 500 times every year.

This area is famous for “Sakurajima Daikon” Japan’s largest radish weighing up to 30 kilograms.



Access to Sakura-jima Island 


Sakura-jima Ferry connects Kagoshima-city and Sakurajima in 15 minutes

and is operated for 24 hours.


          Kagoshima port

         To Sakura-jima Island

        Sakura-jima Island


Exploring Sakura-jima Island


       Michino eki Sakura-jima

    Kinko Bay from Sakura-jima

    Kinko Bay from Sakura-jima

       Yunohira Observatory

        Yunohira Observatory

   Stand at the Observatory

    Arimura Lava Observatory

            Lava Observatory

             Lava Observatory

   View from Lava Observatory

   View from Lava Observatory

    View from Lava Observatory



General information

Access to Sakurajima Ferry Kagoshima port

  45 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima Airport

  15 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kagoshima-chuo Station

Access to Sakurajima

  15 minutes by Sakurajima Ferry from Kagoshima port to Sakurajima port



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