Ask any local in Kagoshima what the prefecture’s symbol is and you’ll get the same unanimous answer: Sakurajima. The most active volcano in Japan, Sakurajima is a stratovolcano, which means it's made of cinders and ash with occasional lava flows, and smoke can be seen erupting out of it constantly. It is predicted that a major eruption will take place in the next 30 years, but that still doesn’t deter the many people who take the ferry from Kagoshima’s mainland to visit this dormant beast. It is definitely a highlight for any trip to Kagoshima, and is only a 15-minute ferry away from Kagoshima’s mainland.
Having a car is your best bet to explore the island, but if not, getting the one-day Sakurajima Island View Bus pass is the next best option - at only 500 yen for a day pass, it covers all the best sightseeing spots in Sakurajima, and some of these are mentioned as you read further along.