Sakurajima Volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture

Sakurajima Volcano

Sakurajima is an active volcano located in the Kagoshima Prefecture of Japan. It is situated approximately 31.6° N latitude and 130.6° E longitude.


Sakurajima has a long history of eruptions, with the first recorded eruption dating back to 708 AD. The volcano has erupted more than 30 times since 1955, with the most recent eruption occurring in 2016.

Visiting Sakurajima

Visitors can take a ferry from Kagoshima City to Sakurajima Island, where the volcano is located. Once on the island, visitors can take a bus or rent a car to explore the area.

Things to Do

  • Visit the Sakurajima Visitor Center to learn about the volcano's history and current activity
  • Take a hike up to the observation deck for stunning views of the volcano and surrounding area
  • Relax in one of the many hot springs on the island, which are heated by the volcano's activity
  • Try the local specialty, Sakurajima daifuku, a sweet treat filled with red bean paste


While Sakurajima is a popular tourist destination, it is important to take precautions when visiting an active volcano. Visitors should pay attention to any warnings or alerts from local authorities, and should avoid getting too close to the volcano's crater.