Sakurajima, Kagoshima

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Observe a mountainous island billowing smoke and volcanic ash at Sakurajima, one of the world’s most active volcanos, floating in the sea 4 km (2.5 mi) from South Kyushu’s hub city, Kagoshima. You can take a bus around the island to the crater or hike on the lava trail along the shore. After a long walk, you can take a foot bath by the sea, admiring the volcanic island, which measures 50 km (31 mi) round and 1,117 m tall (3,665 ft). Halfway to the top, an observatory will give you a view of the summit, where you can feel the power of an active volcano. Work out when and for how long to visit Sakurajima and other Kagoshima attractions using our handy Kagoshima trip planner.
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  • It’s quite easy to walk down to the ferry terminal and get on the boat to Sakurajima. No ticket required - just pay when you exit the boat. The island is populated despite consisting largely of an...  more »
  • We went on a tour bus through Kagoshima. A short ferry ride takes you to the island. We drove up to the lookout. Definitely worth the short walk through the ash covered stone steps to the observatory....  more »
  • It is very convenient to go to Sakurajima by public transport. Buy a one-day Cute Pass at Yen 1,200, you may enjoy travelling in most of the public transportation operated by the city council, like....  more »
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  • Most epic place i have ever been in my life. The bus wasnt to bad but their were a lot of people
  • The mountain itself is awesome. The bus tour sucks. Overcrowded busses and they give you like 4 minutes to dash out and take pictures of each attraction. A hop-on hop-off type of bus would be better, where I could spend as much time as I wanted at each stop and get on the next bus. But they don't do it this way.
  • > > 1955 I was in NAVY & was a bit too adventurous ! Got brilliant idea > Why not jump the bus & hike up an obscure- side of the volcano • A Japanese guy had the same IDEA • We two got the bus to let us out where we could see a bit of smoke up there" • Off we went climbing up old lava hillside • Smoke. blowing to the south • We wanted a glimpse into the edge looking down into the fumeral. • SURE ! We had it ALL FIGURED OUT ! Two sharp guys ! THEN %#●•☆● Volcanic-bombs about 6" in diameter all around us• Bushes on either side igniting & smoke all about us• I knew we were. Dead ! My erstwhile. adventurer-new friend looked like mouth-open End-Stage GRIM !! WE BOTH TURNED & FLEW DOWN WITH 10 Ft. steps / smoking rocks chasing us for a while. • Never have two Macho- men been "speed-converted" into two gasping sissy-pants fools•▪so rapidly • Later we could calm down & wait for the bus • Look>We were alive & no smoking-rock-bomb had hit our stupid heads•
  • omg this palce is the best altime i give it a 0
  • activity around Sakurajima isn't unexpected. It's one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the country, producing hundreds of small explosions each year

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