The Sakurajima is an active volcano (stratovolcano) and ancient (currently united) island of Japan located in the south of the island of Kyūshū, in Kagoshima prefecture.
Sakurajima is an active volcano (stratovolcano) of Japan located in the south of the island of Kyūshū, in the prefecture of Kagoshima.
It was formerly an island, until 1914, but due to a large eruption, the huge amount of lava it released solidified and united the island with the Ōsumi peninsula.
Located in the middle of Kagoshima Bay, Sakurajima is the most prominent geographic feature in the area, with an elevation of 1,117 meters and a circumference of about 50 kilometers.
Its summit is divided into three peaks, Pico del Norte, Pico Central and Pico del Sur, the latter is currently active.
It can be easily reached with a ferry that runs from Kagoshima city.
For first-time visitors to this territory, the Sakurajima Tourism Center offers information in multiple languages on top local attractions, featuring photos and stories related to the volcano.
Sakurajima, being an active volcano, originates natural hot springs that can be enjoyed in the Magma Onsen. Here visitors can relax their body and mind while enjoying the beautiful scenery that the place offers.
A curiosity of the island is the Torii gate of the Kurokami shrine, which during the great eruption of 1914, was almost completely covered with ash, leaving only the top safe.
Very close to the door of the sanctuary is the Kurokami observatory, which offers a suggestive view of one of the peculiarities of the volcano in action, which produces small eruptions in the day.
The island also has a private park, with seven life-size statues of dinosaurs. Being on an active volcano, these statues give the feeling of being stationed in prehistory.
The Sakurajima Peninsula has even more to offer, and if a tourist plans to visit Kagoshima Prefecture, it is a highly recommended stop on the trip.