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Mt. Sakurajima

Sakurajima, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #4 of 54 attractions in Kagoshima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Volcanos
Description: A 15-minute ferry ride takes you to this smoking volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Japan.
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Hsinchu, Taiwan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

to Kagoshima view for panorama screen from Sakura Jima at 湯平展望台 in Kagoshima city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Nice coastal views from the island. I was excited to see a "live" volcano from such a close distance. Beautiful trees lined the roads. Other than the volcanoes and scenery, nothing else much to see and do. Under 3 hours will be sufficient.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

On this second visit to Mt Sakurajima we were very disappointed. The entire island was covered in mist (or smog?). We could not able to see the volcano from the city, on the ferry, and even upon arriving at the highest viewpoint! What a disappointment. Well one has to try his/her luck when it comes to a close encounter with... More

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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

A ferry with panoramic viewing windows takes you from the port Kagoshima for about £2.50 return. The Island View bus takes you on a loop stopping at various viewing platforms and costs between £1 and £4 depending how long you are on the bus.. I had been hoping I would see the volcano erupt, it had been inactive for some... More

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Mount Sakurajima is to Kagoshima what Kumamoto Castle is to Kumaoto. It is a still active volcano which stands over Kagoshima city across a small bay on its own island. It continually erupts (apparently 1000x a year) with most eruptions simply appearing as a large ball of smoke over the mountain (no lava spewing down or dramatic noise explosions). People... More

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Somerset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We stayed in a hotel with a direct view of Mt Sakurajima. We were lucky to have a clear day which showed the outline of the mountain. Every now and then it would gush forward some smoke (ash) which gently blew away in the wind. We were aware that there had been a significant eruption before we came to Kagoshima... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We walked from the ferry port up to the volcano - suspect the signs of men in hard hats were an indication this may not have been the best idea because of risk of things falling out of the sky. The walk from the school is all on the road so not the best. Views good from the top but... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I had a wonderful day cycling around the mountain. If you visit Mt. Sakurajima and you don't have a car, you will find travel rather limited. Unfortunately, this is an active volcano so you can't get too close, but you can bathe in the smokey ash as it falls all over the place. There are quite a few free museums... More

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Moorpark, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This review must be taken with a grain of salt, since the day we were in Kagoshima, we were with the other 2,000 cruise passengers. So our experience with this volcano is not ideal in any way. We took a ferry to Sakurajima. [150Y ($1.50 USD) for adults and 80Y ($0.80) for kids. It is best if you have exact... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We took the little mini-bus up the volcano - stopping at assorted places on the journey up. The geology is so interesting and so dynamic. And the constant puffs of smoke and dust remind you that you are sat on a very active volcano.

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