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~Going by public transportation! Sakurajima tourist course~!

Not good at driving a car!
Here is a recommended Sakurajima tourist course by public transportation for those who are not good at driving!

Kagoshima airport

First of all, Kagoshima airport is the gateway to Kagoshima.
As soon as you exit the domestic arrival gate, you will find a natural hot spring footbath called "Oyattosaa".

Oyattosaa is a Kagoshima dialect and it means "Good work" or "Thanks for your hard work" in Kagoshima dialect.
You can enter the footbath for free!

There is a taxi stand and a bus stop near the footbath.
Bus stop No. 8 is for buses going to Kagoshima City.

The bus departs about three times an hour, The fare is JPY 1,300 for adults and JPY 650 for children!

Fares can be paid in advance with cash or Rapica.
If you have Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc., you cannot use them so you should have some cash ready♪

Kagoshima Chuo station

Take a bus from Kagoshima airport takes about 50 min to reach Kagoshima Chuo station!

Kagoshima Chuo station is the first and last station on the Kyushu Shinkansen line and is a terminal station where various lines arrive and depart.

Buses from the airport stop at Kagoshima Chuo station.
The buses from the airport stop at Kagoshima Chuo station because there is a tram stop right next to where you get off, Next, let's take the tram♪


Take the tram from Kagoshima Chuo station and get off at the Aquarium exit.

The tram fare is JPY 170 for adults and JPY 80 for children (elementary school students and younger).

The tram also passes through Kagoshima city's famous arcade, the Tenmonkan.
If you want to take multiple rides in one day, it is more economical to purchase a one-day pass for a tram and city bus, or Kagoshima city view bus (a bus that circulates around Kagoshima city).

A one-day pass is JPY 600 for adults and JPY 300 for children!

Sakurajima Ferry

After getting off the tram at the aquarium entrance, walk about 7 min to the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal and board the ferry!

The Sakurajima Ferry connects Kagoshima city and Sakurajima and it is a short 15 min trip, but there are 118 services per day on weekdays and 130 services on weekends and holidays.

The ferry runs 24 hours a day, so you can go back and forth between Kagoshima city and Sakurajima even at night!

The fare is also very inexpensive: JPY 200 for adults and for children from 1 year old to elementary school students is JPY 100.

Address 4-1 Honko-shinmachi, Kagoshima, 892-0814
Parking lot None, monthly contract only
Business hours 24 hours open
Business holiday Nonstop
Phone number 099-223-7271
Related link https://www.city.kagoshima.lg.jp/sakurajima-ferry/

Sakurajima Island View

When you arrive at Sakurajima by Sakurajima Ferry , buy "Sakurajima Island View", a one-day pass at the Sakurajima tourist Information center.

The one-day pass is JPY 500 for adults and JPY 250 yen for elementary school students and younger, and is more economical even if you make a stopover in one place.

After purchasing a one-day pass, let's get on the Sakurajima Island View from Sakurajima port and take the Sakurajima Island view!

Akamizu observation plaza, Screaming statue

After a short ride on the Sakurajima Island View, there is a bus stop called "Akamizu observation plaza" where you can get off!

Akamizu observation plaza is one of several observation points on Sakurajima, with Torishima observation plaza nearby. Moreover, it takes about 10 min on foot from Torishima Observation Deck to Akamizu observation plaza.
It is possible to visit both observatories on foot♪

The reason why we introduced Akamizu observation plaza is not only because of its great view, but also because of the fact that the view from the top is so beautiful!

What a surprise! Right near the Akamizu observation plaza, there is a monument commemorating the Sakurajima All-Night Concert held by the singer from Kagoshima, Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi in 2004.
The monument is a statue of a scream!

The concert that over 70,000 people spent the night on Sakurajima at that time is still talked about as a legend!

If you are a Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi fan, this is a must-visit spot!

Address 3629-3, Sakurajima-Akamizu-cho, Kagoshima, 891-1420
Parking lot Available
Parking capacity: 20 cars
Business hours Admission free
Phone number 099-298-5111 (Tourism exchange center)

Yunohira Observatory

Board the Sakurajima Island View again and after a short ride on the mountain road, you will arrive at Yunohira observatory so you can get off the bus!

The Yunohira observatory is 373 meters above sea level and is the highest point on Sakurajima where the public can enter!
The view is spectacular no matter where you look!♪
You can see the rising smoke from the volcano.

Also, there are seven heart-shaped stones buried in the stone wall of the observatory!
It is said that if you find all seven, you will be happy!

It is said to be very difficult to find all of them but please try to find them!

Address 1025 Koike-cho, Sakurajima, Kagoshima, 891-1418
Parking lot Available
Business hours Observation plaza/admission free
Phone number 099-298-5111 (Tourism exchange center)

Sakurajima Island view is a circular tour, so let's go back to Sakurajima port again♪

After returning to Sakurajima port, we will take the Sakurajima Ferry again to Kagoshima city!

There are many attractive spots in Kagoshima city♪
You can also take the Kagoshima city view to Shiroyama park or Sengan-en garden or you can take the tram to Tenmonkan and eat a shirokuma(shaved ice)♪

Now that we have introduced the Sakurajima tourist course by public transportation, how about it?

If you are feeling a little tired after a long day of tourism, here is the last spot we would like to recommend!

Koshikano onsen

Koshikano onsen with pick-up service from Kagoshima airport and Kokubun station♪

From Kagoshima city, you can take an expressway bus to the terminal station, pick- up service from the terminal station of Kagoshima airport, take the JR Nippo line from Kagoshima Chuo station or Kagoshima station to Kokubun station or pick up service from Kokubun station♪

Since its establishment in 1978, this hot spring has gained a reputation for the quality of its spring quality!

It is a sodium-hydrogencarbonate spring quality which removes unwanted keratin from the skin and dirt from the pores, and is therefore known as a hot spring for beautiful skin♪

Of course, the spring water is free-flowing!
It is sure to heal the fatigue of your journey♪

Address 2625 Matsunaga, Hayato, Kirishima city, Kagoshima 899-5112
Parking lot Available
Business holiday No mid-year break
Phone number 0995-43-4046
Related link https://koshikano-onsen.com/

After a lot of tourism, why not eat delicious food?
How about relaxing in a hot spring?

When you travel to Kagoshima, be sure to stop by the tourists spots introduced and Koshikano onsen♪