Kurokami Buried Torii

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The 1914 eruption of Sakurajima resulted in great amounts of volcanic ash and pumice being erupted over eight thousand meters into the air, burying the entire Kurokami area. This torii gate belonging to Haragosha-jinja Shrine is said to have originally stood three meters high; today, only the top one meter remains unburied. The residents considered exhuming the torii, but the village mayor decided to leave them as is as a reminder of the eruption for future generations. The gate was designated a prefectural Cultural Property in 1958.

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Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Kurokamichou
Free visit
open everyday
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Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • A Powerful Reminder, Well Worth Visiting
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.03.06
    I found this site fascinating. I rode my bike around Sakurajima and the buried gate was the first place I stopped at. There is a parking area with restrooms across from the shrine. The shrine is...
  • Junior high kids did this!
    3.0 Reviewed:2018.07.14
    This shrine buried by volcanic ash was restored by junior high children. The displays are all in Japanese; so, I would not have known had my local hosts shared that info. Its just impressive that...
  • Impressive
    4.0 Reviewed:2018.07.01
    It is impressive to see it. The power of nature could be scary. Park the car opposite the shrine gate for free. Dont park at the car park in front of the gate. It costs you. You dont need to...

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