1-Day Cycling Course Around Sakurajima-1

1-Day Cycling Course Around Sakurajima

  • Suggested Time:8 hours 30 minutes
  • Main modes of transportation:Bicycle
The best way to travel the 36km around Sakurajima is by bicycle.  Sakurajima Visitor Center offers sports bicycles for rental. 
There are many places to see on the east side of Sakurajima that cannot be reached by the Sakurajima Island View Bus (circular bus). 
After taking in the various views of Sakurajima at each location and breathtaking ocean view, don't forget to try out the magna hot spring of Rainbow Sakurajima to relax and unwind after a day of riding.

START

15 minutes by streetcar from Kagoshima Chuo Station and then 5 minutes on foot after getting off at Suizokukan-guchi (Aquarium)

Sakurajima Ferry Terminal

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20 minutes by ferry

Sakurajima Port

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1-minute walk

Tsukuyomi-jinja Shrine

Offer a prayer for cycling safety at Tsukuyomi-jinja Shrine located adjacent to Sakurajima Ferry Terminal
Tsukuyomi-jinja Shrine-1

10-minute walk

Sakurajima Visitor Center

Let’s learn more about Sakurajima!
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If you go to Sakurajima, a recommended first stop is Sakurajima Visitor Center. Their exhibition panels show you record of past eruptions, the formation of the volcano, vegetaion, tourism and disaster prevention activities in Sakurajima.You can learn how people lead their life in Sakurajima by watching a high-definition film and looking at a model of the volcano.At their shop, there are special souvenirs including books about Kagoshima and Sakurajima, and Sakurajima specialties only available here. If you need, you can also purchase original towels for the footbath near the center. You can rent a hybrid bicycle to tour around Sakurajima. 
  • Address 891-1419 鹿児島県鹿児島市桜島横山町1722-29
    Open 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Closures Open every day
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Rent bicycles at the visitor center

Bicycle Rental

Tour around Sakurajima
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At the Sakurajima Visitor Center hybrid bikes can be rented. You can tour around Sakurajima on a 24-speed bike. For more details, please ask a staff member at the center.
  • Address 891-1418 鹿児島県鹿児島市桜島小池町1327
    Closures Open every day
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50 minutes by bicycle

Café Shirahama

Organic lunch at a Sakurajima radish farm
Café Shirahama-1
Farmland Sakurajima grows organic vegetables and fruit including Sakurajima radishes and Sakurajima komikan oranges. Based on these products the café offers lunch time menus, such as “Farmer’s Lunch” and curry. After lunch time, the café menu includes chiffon cakes and bagels.

50 minutes by bicycle

Kurokami Observatory

The closest observation point to Sakurajima’s Showa crater
Kurokami Observatory-1
Kurokami Observation Point is the closest spot to the Showa crater on Sakurajima. At the right time, you may be able to see powerful plumes of smoke rising.

3 minutes by bicycle

Kurokami Buried Torii(Shrine Gate)

Important heritage that illustrates Sakurajima’s massive eruption
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The great eruption of Sakurajima on January 12th in 1914, covered the entire Kurokami area with ash and pumice stone. The 3-m high torii shrine gate was buried, now only the top part is shown above the ground.The village head at the time decided not to dig up the gate as he wanted to keep evidence of the dreadful eruption for years to come and so it remains as it is today. The buried gate was designated as a natural monument by the prefecture in 1958. Beside the gate, an old sea fig tree that miraculously survived the disaster stands inconspicuously. 

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40 minutes by bicycle

Arimura Lava Observatory

Experience a different Sakurajima. The panoramic view is the highlight of the observatory.
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The observatory is located along a 1-km trail on a small hill in the lava field created by the great 1946 eruption. From here there is a clear view of impressive Sakurajima, the world famous active volcano, and Kinko Bay. As the observatory is close to the crater of the steep, cone shaped South Peak, you may hear roaring or explosive sounds from the crater that give quite a different impression of Sakurajima.

60 minutes by bicycle

Sakurajima Visitor Center

Let’s learn more about Sakurajima!
Sakurajima Visitor Center-1
If you go to Sakurajima, a recommended first stop is Sakurajima Visitor Center. Their exhibition panels show you record of past eruptions, the formation of the volcano, vegetaion, tourism and disaster prevention activities in Sakurajima.You can learn how people lead their life in Sakurajima by watching a high-definition film and looking at a model of the volcano.At their shop, there are special souvenirs including books about Kagoshima and Sakurajima, and Sakurajima specialties only available here. If you need, you can also purchase original towels for the footbath near the center. You can rent a hybrid bicycle to tour around Sakurajima. 
  • Address 891-1419 鹿児島県鹿児島市桜島横山町1722-29
    Open 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Closures Open every day
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5-minute walk

Rainbow Sakurajima Inn

An inn at the foot of the active volcano
Rainbow Sakurajima Inn-1
Many are surprised to learn that approximately 4000 people are living on Sakurajima, an active volcano. Accommodations for tourists are also available there. Rainbow Sakurajima Inn is in a perfet location. From here you can see tranquil Kinko Bay and feel magnificent Sakurajima very close. Sakurajima Magma Onsen is a natural hot spring with brown colored iron rich water from 1,000 meters underground. You can relax your body and mind in a hot spring. (which conjures up the hot magma deep underground.) The bath is open to day visitors and private baths are also available.
  • Address 891-1419 鹿児島県鹿児島市桜島横山町1722-16
    Open Hot spring day use: 10:00am - 10:00pm
    Wednesday only: 1:00pm - 10:00pm
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5-minute walk

Sakurajima Port

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20 minutes by ferry

Sakurajima Ferry Terminal

Sakurajima Ferry Terminal-1

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