SAKURAJIMA in Kagoshima, Japan
My friends and I went to SakuraJima in Kagoshima which is located on Kyushu Island in Japan. The place was absolutely beautiful.
Sakurajima (桜島) is one of Japan's most active volcanoes and the symbol of Kagoshima. The volcano smokes constantly, and minor eruptions often take place multiple times per day. Located in the middle of Kagoshima Bay, Sakurajima is the area's most prominent geographic feature, having an elevation of 1117 meters and a circumference of about 50 kilometers.
Before a powerful eruption in 1914, Sakurajima used to be an island in the bay, but the massive lava flow from that eruption created the volcano's current land connection to the Osumi Peninsula in the east. For the majority of travelers, however, the volcano is still most easily accessed by the ferries that run the 3.5 kilometers between Kagoshima Port and the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal.
A FEW POINTS :
You can take the ferry from mainland to the island ( sakurajima). You will pay upon arriving at the island’s ferry terminal. It’s about 160-180JPY per person.
Don’t even bother with the bus unless you have a whole lot of time to spare. The bus doesn’t run very often and you will spend a lot of time waiting after each attraction.
Bicycle riding is a great idea but only if you bike all the time. Its a far journey and pretty hilly. You can rent bicycles just outside the ferry terminal. Remember to bring I.D.
If you have a rental car you can take it over to the island via ferry. If not, you can rent a car right outside the ferry terminal on the island (Sakurajima). You will need an international drivers license. The roads are not very busy and everything is easy to find.
Take a taxi tour. For about 700JPY a taxi driver will give you a full guided tour of the area for about 2hrs. Highly recommended.
Remember there will eruptions regularly so bring a mask to cover your nose and mouth just in case.