Sakurajima in All Seasons

Kagoshima's volcano throughout the year

 By Mandy Bartok   Dec 23, 2014

Sakurajima, a massive volcano, looms over the southern Japanese city of Kagoshima. It can be seen from multiple vantage points throughout the city and reached via a ten-minute ferry ride from Kagoshima port. Sakurajima's lofty peaks change their appearance throughout the year. In summer, they can be covered in clouds while in winter, a rare frigid day can see them cloaked in snow. I was lucky enough to catch the volcano on a windy and rainy day ... which resulted in a display of several rainbows over the mountains and sea!

Photography by Mandy Bartok
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Radica Sooknarine a year ago
On a clear day it is indeed a spectacular sight! Lovely photos!
Victoria Vlisides a year ago
Four seasons is a nice dynamic to the photos! thanks!
Mandy Bartok Photographer a year ago
Thank you, Victoria! I thought it was really cool to see the mountain covered in snow, which so rarely happens!
Jerome Lee a year ago
I definitely, definitely want to visit Sakurajima at least once in my life. Heck, hoepfully even the whole of Kagoshima. It seems like such an awesome place!
Mandy Bartok Photographer a year ago
Jerome, Kagoshima is full of surprises. I don't think you'd be disappointed at all if you make it there!
Mika Chan a year ago
Looks so beautiful.
Mandy Bartok Photographer a year ago
I hope you have a chance to see it, Mika!
Mandy Bartok Photographer a year ago
The great thing about Sakurajima is that it is so close to downtown Kagsohima. I don't know any other volcanoes that are so accessible!