7 Things to do at Sakurajima Island

 

If you’re near the city of Kagoshima, it would be a shame not visit the mighty volcanic island, Sakurajima. The mountain can be seen from all over the city of Kagoshima and erupts on a daily basis – but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit it! For more information on Sakurajima itself, you can click here

In this post though, we’ll be looking at the top 7 things to do at Sakurajima (experienced by me)!

 

(1) Ride Bicycles Around The Island

It’s unlikely and rather inconvenient to have your own transport on the island, so one of the best ways to see the island is to rent a bicycle. As soon as you get off the ferry, you’ll see a few old and dainty shops – one of which rents bicycles for a few 100 yen per hour. If you’re really feeling up for it, you could even ride around the whole island.

Location: Near the ferry terminal.

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(2) Visit Kurokami Buried Shrine Gate

Due to Sakurajima’s daily ash eruptions, ash can gather a fair bit. In 1914, there was such a large eruption that there was enough ash to almost completely bury a 3-meter shrine gate! This is all you can see of the gate now, but it’s still interesting enough for a visit. 

Location: East part of the island.

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(3) Visit The Lookout Point

If you’re on Mt. Sakurajima, then you should probably check out the lookout point which is halfway up the volcano. Here, you can experience amazing views from all angles as well as visit the souvenir shop and cafe.

Location: A long walk or short bus ride from the ferry terminal up the mountain.

(4) Enjoy The Beach

Sakurajima is a volcanic island, so it doesn’t have the brilliant sandy beaches like you might imagine – rather it’s very rocky. Fortunately, though, there is a small man-made beach where you can enjoy the sea and the sun.

Location: Near the ferry terminal.

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(5) Go Fishing

You can’t go far in Kagoshima without seeing fish. Whether it’s fish from the rivers, koi from the castle moat, or the fish from the sea – they are pretty much everywhere. So why not rent out some rods and bait to see what you can catch?

Location: Also near the ferry terminal.

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(6) Sakurajima Nature Dinosaur Park

Looking for something the children will enjoy? Why not visit the dinosaur park that has huge models of dinosaurs? Some of them also double as playground equipment such as slides – so it’s sure to be a bit of fun for the kids.

Location: Head left from the ferry terminal

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(7) Free Foot Onsen (Hot Spring)

While traveling is a boatload of fun (see what I did there?), it is also physically draining. That’s why you should consider taking your shoes and socks off and spending a little time in the free foot onsen to recuperate.

Location: Near the ferry terminal.

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Mt. Sakurajima is only a small island with a tiny population in a prefecture that isn’t particularly known for foreign tourists – but this little list should leave you with plenty of things to do at Sakurajima. 

 

Note: The ferry to the island is only around 220 yen! How cheap!

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