Fodor's Expert Review Sakura-jima
You can often see this volcano across Kinko Bay spewing thick plumes of dust and smoke. The last big eruption was in 1955, but the far side of the cone sometimes lets loose with explosive belching that lights the night sky red and covers the town in a blanket of ash. There are scattered lodgings and hot springs, as well as winding paths up to old lava plateaus with great views over the crater or back toward town. The ferry port is at the foot of the volcano. There are usually four ferries per hour. The one-way adult fare for the 10- to 15-minute trip is ¥160.