Closest to the volcanic vent of Sakurajima, one of the largest active volcanos in the world
Sakurajima in Kagoshima is an active volcano that we often see fuming in television. Its eruption is not so violent as to spew red magma, but its southern peak erupts almost every day sometimes showering small stones and ashes. Yunohira Observatory is the place where you can come closest to the vent of Sakurajima.
The admission-free observatory has a space with counters for free use for eating on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor exhibits panels and photos so that visitors can learn about Sakurajima including its eruption history. At 373 meter above sea level, the highest observatory on Sakurajima commands a panoramic view of a grey lava field, the Port Sakurajima with ferryboats arriving and departing, City of Kagoshima and Mountains of Kyushu.
Occasional volcanic ashes could spoil your clothes so it is advisable to have a hat, handkerchief or umbrella ready. Though no major health hazard has been identified, bring a mask if you are concerned. If you are lucky, you can see the vent fuming. Witness the spectacle of the earth!
Address: 1025 Sakurajima-koike-cho, Katoshima, Kagoshima
Phone: 099-216-1327 (Kagoshima City Tourism Promotion Division)
Hours open to visitors: 9:00-17:00 (Observatory)
Directions: (Train) Take a short walk from Kagoshima Chuo Station of the Kyushu Shinkansen (one and a half hours from Hakata Station) to Kagoshima Chuo-ekimae, take a streetcar for Kagoshima Ekimae for a 15-minute ride, walk 5 minutes from Sakurajima Sanbashi-dori stop, take Sakurajima ferry to Sakurajima Pier for 15 minutes and 15 minutes by car. (By Car) 45 minutes from Kagoshima-kita Interchange on the Kyushu Expressway. Carparking available.