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Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima

November 6, 2016 by David Herd

Ferry across Kinko Bay to Sakurajima

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima had been peaceful since 2013 until July 2016, then suddenly plumes of smoke, cracks of lighting and a flow of lava came bellowing out of Japan’s Mount Sakruajima in July 2016. Located in a scenic bay on the southern island of Kyushu, this 1,117 meter high volcano has been a sleeping giant for the past three years prior to this fiery spectacle. The incident took place at 12:02 am on Tuesday at the mountain’s Showa crater, which resulted in a 5,000 meter high column of ash – but officials say no fatalities have been reported. Credit to STACY LIBERATORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  Read about it here.

Experts have voiced concerns about the volcanic activity on the Pacific Island, primarily that it could be completely wiped by one massive eruption in the next century – killing all of its some 127 million inhabitants.

Leaving the terminal

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima Plenty to see on the short voyage across Kinko Bay.

On deck with the breeze in your face

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima Best spot for a photo opportunity.

Here I am heading for the island.

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima Hope to see at least a few puffs of smoke. 🙂

We arrive at Sakurajima

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima It’s a very short ferry ride, about 4 km at a cost of 170 Yen.

It is also a car ferry

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima About 5,000 people live on the island.

Tour bus around the island

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima For a 90 minute trip the cost was 500 Yen or about $6 AUD. You can get on & off the bus at different points of interest.

SAKEBI-NO-ZO (Shouting Statue) Park

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima Apparently a rock musician held a concert in 2004 in front of 75,000 screaming fans. To commemorate the concert, he built a statue of himself, this statue shouts at Sakurajima.

 Up close to the volcano

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima We enjoy a 15 minute stop at the lookout to take some photos.

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima lava spread

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima

Many types of fruit & vegetables florish due to the volcanic ash. The Sakurajima radish is a representative traditional vegetable of Kagoshima Prefecture, normally weighing about 10kg but one may also see radish that weigh as much as 20 – 30 kg. This is the world’s heaviest radish (weighing 31.1kg) and is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Sakurajima Radish is cherished by people across Japan as a uniquely original product of Kagoshima. It stays consistent when boiled and has a flavor that absorbs well, along with a fine flesh that looks as white as snow. Sakurajima Radish can be used in a wide variety of ways, such as boiled or pickled to name but a few.

Eruption in 2012

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima

Here is a photo I found on the internet.

The view from the mainland

Sakurajima active volcano Kagoshima This spot is only 5 minutes walk from my hotel & another 5 minutes to thee ferry terminal. A great location and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

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