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Sakura-jima桜島

The volcano is the symbol of Kagoshima.
Sakurajima is now a part of the mainland as a result of volcanic eruptions.

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The volcano is the symbol of Kagoshima.
Sakurajima is now a part of the mainland as a result of volcanic eruptions.

The smoking Sakurajima floats on the Kagoshima Bay (also called Kinko Bay) in the southern part of Kyushu. It is a symbol of Kagoshima, located at sea about four kilometers from the center of Kagoshima city. It has been the site of repeated great eruptions throughout history and is one of the most famous active volcanoes in the world. Sakurajima Island had originally been an isolated island but the lava flows from the big eruption of 1914 joined it to the adjacent Osumi peninsula. Lava fields can be seen everywhere on the island, testifying the history of its violent eruptions.

Located near Okikojima Islet is the Sakurajima Marine Park where visitors can observe the seabed, its coral reefs and sea anemones. The Sakurajima Visitor Center has a museum that showcases a detailed history of the eruptions of Sakurajima and its relationship with the local people. The Yunohira Observation Spot, 373m above sea level, is the spot nearest to the active Minamidake crater. From here, one can get a panoramic view of the area which includes vast lava fields. There are also other well-positioned observation points with dynamic lookouts such as the Arimura Lava Observation Spot. Sakurajima is also known for the Sakurajima Radish – the largest variety in the world, and the Sakurajima Mandarin Orange – the smallest variety in the world.
 

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From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h 50 min from Haneda to Kagoshima Airport, and 40 min from the airport to Kagoshima Chuo (Central) Station by bus. 12 min from Kagoshima Central Station to Suizokukan-guchi (Sakurajima Sanbashi) by bus, and 15 min from Sakurajima Sanbashi to Sakurajima Port by ferry.
[Rail] 5h from Tokyo to Hakata Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line. 1h 36 min from Hakata to Shin-Yatsushiro Station by JR Kagoshima Line (limited express), and 35 min to Kagoshima Central Station by JR Tsubame Shinkansen Line.

 

From Osaka:
[Air] 1h 10 min from Itami or Kansai International Airport to Kagoshima Airport.
[Rail] 2h 25 min from Shin-Osaka to Hakata Station by Shinkansen.

 

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