Located in Kyushu, Japan, Sakurajima is an absolute “must-see,” when visiting Kagoshima. In fact, there is no way not to see it, it is visible from almost every tall building in Kagoshima city.
Sakurajima is one of the world’s most active volcanoes with its first eruption recorded in 718, and its name literally means “Cherry Blossom Island.” It actually used to be an island but it is now more of a peninsula.
To get there from Kagoshima City, I used the ferry, which normally takes about 15 minutes and costs ¥160 per adult and ¥80 per child (6 years and older). Normally, we pay once we arrive onto Sakurajima. It runs 24 hours a day back and forth across Kagoshima Bay. If you’re driving, you can go aboard with your car or even bicycles and I’ve even seen tour buses on the ferry.
Sakurajima is best known for its daikon radish, a remarkable vegetable that is said to be the biggest of its kind and incredibly, we can also find some of the smallest mandarin in the world. But besides that, there are so many different places on Sakurajima that can and should be visited.
For instance along the Nagisa promenade, you may explore and then soak your feet in the foot bath, which has one of the most scenic views ever. Then you can head to the Sakurajima Dinosaur Park which is not only a great place to view Chrry blossoms but also a nice park for children. Then you may go up to the Yunohira observatory or the Arimura lookout point, where you can get excellent views of Sakurajima.