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Buried Shrine Gate, Kagoshima

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Imagine the sheer force of nature at Buried Shrine Gate, an entrance to a Shinto temple buried 2 m (6 ft) under volcanic ash for over a century. The powerful eruption of Mount Sakura in 1914 catapulted ash and pumice 7 km (4.5 mi) into the air, creating a 2 m (6.6 ft) high ash deposit in a single night, and leaving only 1 m (3.3 ft) of the gate still visible above the ground. The lava also covered an entire village of 687 houses, whose roofs stayed visible above the ground. Use our Kagoshima vacation route planner to add Buried Shrine Gate and other attractions to your Kagoshima vacation plans.
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High-rise hotels in Kagoshima offer views of the volcano across the bay, with sights of the quietly erupting giant high on the list of most visiting guests. The city center offers a variety of accommodations, scattered from the main train station down to the waterfront. Some side-street guesthouses provide budget-friendly rooms in this district, while boutique hotels offer their take on traditional Japanese hospitality, with themed rooms and local cuisine gracing their menus.
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  • This was a really neat little stop on Sakurajima. You can see the shrine gate that was buried by volcanic ash years and years ago. It is a small little area and won't take too long to see, but it is r...  more »
  • Shrine gate buried in lava, worth a few minutes of your visit here to understand the scale at which volcanoes eruptions are powerful.  more »
  • You can see a shine gate which was buried volcanic ash. The ash falled more than 2meter in one night.... Here is modern day Pompeii.  more »