Sakurajima is one of the icons of Kagoshima Prefecture. Found in the middle of Kagoshima Bay between Kagoshima City and Osumi Peninsula, Sakurajima is an active volcano that can be seen puffing smoke onto its surroundings as it erupts several times a day. While it’s likely you’ll get caught in a shower of ash, the island is safe to visit and is a common day trip from Kagoshima City which is just a 15-minute ferry ride away. With the main event being the awe of getting so close to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, visitors can take a bus, car, or bike between observatories, onsen, and parks around the island.
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