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Address: Kagoshima 890-0000, Kagoshima Prefecture
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+81 99-216-1327

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A Really Memorable Visit

We spent half a day visiting this place. We got in from the east driving and started off with the Buried Shrine. Then off to the walking path where we got a good look at the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 December 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

We spent half a day visiting this place. We got in from the east driving and started off with the Buried Shrine. Then off to the walking path where we got a good look at the volcano spewing ash...a really cool site with ash littered all over. The observatory some 373m high is a must see, including all the sights... More 

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Taichung, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile

A volcano spewing ash and smoke into the air is not an everyday sight unless you live in Kagoshima. If you visit this prefecture, Sakurajima is a must-go. Just remember to bring a mask if you have breathing problems for all the ash in the air!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Must admit hadn't done much research about the island. We took the ferry across and saw a couple of bus tours ... Make sure you book the one that goes right around the island ... It is a bit more expensive that the other tour, but the bus is comfortable and for English speakers they give you a folder which... More 

1 Thank Scirocco11
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

Visited several years ago now but the memory is still very vivid. The whole island is an amazing experience. Some beautiful walks that allow you to just stumble across a hidden away temple or shrine with the dramatic tri-peaked Sakurajima almost always in the background. Regular, cheap ferry crosses from Kagoshima. Coming from England, it was very strange seeing umbrellas... More 

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Biarritz, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

We experienced an earthquake on our trip to Japan and we also got to see a volcano erupting so it was a great for our geology knowledge. We walked from the ferry terminal along the lava trail to the bus stop at the first observatory. Weather was quite bad so didn't take the bus any further.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

This is a very active volcano, regularly belching gas and volcanic ash. A local bus (very cheap) takes visitors to the volcano lookouts from the ferry terminal; the closest lookout is around 2 kms from the caldera. The mood of the volcano changes rapidly and is a fascinating attraction to experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

I really do not know why more people do not go to Kagoshima. There are not many cities in the world that have a live, smoke and ash belching volcano on their doorstep. The water in the foreground of the bay makes photo's look spectacular. You can catch a 10 minute ferry ride (depart every 15 minutes) for $160 yen... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

If you go to Kagoshima, weather permitting, this is a must. The ferry terminal is within easy reach of the city centre and ferries are every 15 minutes and take about that for the crossing. There is a community hop-on hop-off bus that does a circuit of the volcano stopping at two good viewpoints and also a good number of... More 

1 Thank Stephen S
Ayutthaya, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

Im living in japan so i travel quite alot in japan. It was the first time going to Sakurajima. I was the most exciting place i've ever been to. The volcano seems to be erupting at any second. There was not much restaurant there but we ate in our hotel and the italian restaurant. It was soooo goooddd. we went... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

If you lucky to be in / around Kagoshima on a sunny day, hop on a ferry and land in minutes on the other side beneath Sakurajima. There're lots of trails and shelters designed in the area so you can enjoy your walk along the coast like no other. Lava stones in different size & shapes provide some good photo... More 

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