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~Going by Car! Sakurajima Sightseeing Course~!

If you would like to go a little farther by car for sightseeing, here are some recommended Sakurajima sightseeing courses!

①Tsubobatake information center

Approximately 40 minutes by car from Kagoshima Airport.
Tsubobatake Information Center, which you can find on this page.

There are many pots lined up with jars containing black vinegar waiting to mature. They are called "Tsubobatake" (pot field).

This black vinegar has been produced here for more than 200 years!

The Tsubobata Information Center and restaurant are also located on the same site.
You can learn about the process and history of black vinegar from preparation to maturation, Also, You can enjoy healthu dishes made with black vinegar at the restaurant overlooking the Tsubobata and Sakurajima.

Address 3075 Fukuyama, fukuyama-cho, Kirishima city, Kagoshima preferecture 899-4501
Parking lot Available (Capacity : 80 cars)
Business hours Information center/9:00-17:00
Restaurant/10:00-17:00 (L.O. 16:00)
Business holiday Year-end and New Year holidays
Phone number 0995-54-7200
Related link http://www.tsubobatake.jp/

②Roadside Station Tarumizu

About 25 minutes by car from Tsubobatake Information Center.
Roadside Station Tarumizu is located along the coast near Sakurajima.

The kaisen-don (seafood bowl) available at the restaurant is made of yellowtail and kanpachi (yellowtail and amberjack) caught on that day!
The fresh seafood bowl is exceptional while enjoying the view of Sakurajima.

And even though it is a roadside station, you can take a bath in a hot spring!

The admission fee is JPY 350 for adults (junior high school students and older), and JPY 150 for children (elementary school students).
You can enjoy the hot spring with a view of Sakurajima.

The footbath, which is 60 meters long, is free of charge!

This is a great spot to heal your body after a tiring drive!

Address 1038-1 Ushinefumoto, Tarumi-shi, Kagoshima 899-4632
Parking lot Free Parking 98 cars
Business hours Stores/9:00~19:00
Restaurant/11:00~15:00 (last entry at 14:30)
Footbath/12:00~17:00
Hot spring/13:00~20:00 (last admission 19:30)
Business holiday Onsen Hot spring / Wednesday (open if Wednesday is a national holiday)
Phone number 0994-34-2237
Related link https://mitinoeki-tarumizu.com/

③Yunohira Observatory

Approximately 30 minutes by car from Michi-no-Eki Tarumizu.
As you drive higher and higher up the mountain road of Sakurajima, you will find the Yunodaira Observatory.

At 373 meters above sea level, it is the highest point on Sakurajima that the public can enter!
The view is spectacular no matter where you look!
You can see the smoke rising 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
Shop/9:00~17:00
Phone number 099-298-5111 (Tourism exchange center)

④Sakurajima Lava Nagisa Park & Footbath

About 15 minutes by car from Yunodaira Observatory.
Sakurajima Lava Nagisa Park & Footbath is located just beyond the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal.

This Sakurajima Lava Nagisa Park has a 100-meter long footbath!
Of course, it is free of chrage.

The park is like a plaza, so you can play ball, tag , and relax with your family in this park.

The Sakurajima Port Ferry Terminal is right next to the park.
You can also see the ferries that come and go between Sakurajima and Kagoshima.

Address 1722-3 Yokoyama-cho, Sakurajima, Kagoshima 891-1419
Parking lot Available
Business hours 9:00 to sunset
Business holiday Nonstop
Phone number 099-298-5111 (Tourism exchange center)

⑤Sakurajima Ferry

The Sakurajima Ferry is a short 15 min trip, but it runs 118 times a day on weekdays and 130 times a day on weekends and holidays.

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

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

You can also board the ferry with your car, and after driving around Kagoshima, you can board the ferry and drive to Sakurajima.

If you are lucky, you can see wild dolphins in Kinko Bay from the Sakurajima Ferry!

Address 4-1 Honko shinmachi, Kagoshima 892-0814
Parking lot Available
JPY 100 within 24 hours (358 cars can be parked)
Business hours 24 hours open
Business holiday Nonstop
Phone number 099-293-2525
Related link https://www.city.kagoshima.lg.jp/sakurajima-ferry/

Well, how do you lilke the introduction of some tourist spots near Sakurajima?

If you take a ferry, you can also quickly reach Kagoshima City, so the areas for driving expand as well♪

Now, if you're driving and want to relax a tired body, I'll introduce the last spot you might want to visit.

⑦Koshikano onsen

From Sakurajima Port, drive back toward Kirishima City, approximately 70 minutes; take a ferry and go via Kagoshima City, it takes 90 minutes.
Drive in the direction of Kirishima Jingu Shrine and you will find this hot spring.

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 long day of driving, how about relaxing by enjoying delicious foods and soaking in a hot spring?

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