Sakurajima: Discover Japan's Active Volcano

There are several tourist activities that can be carried out around different locations, some of artificial origin, such as in large buildings, and others of natural descent, such as islands, archipelagos and even volcanoes, such as the Sakurajima.

Japan works its tourism on precisely this union between these two different fields, highlighting their natural beauty, but also showing its technological capacity, betting on model cities and futuristic constructions.

This same type of movement is replicated in the most different countries around the world, in order to highlight the different wealth of the most diverse regions, whether natural infrastructure assets or those built with human labor.

A relationship that moves even the business market, as a environmental license company, which acts with the regulation of services related to the opening of a company, based on its suitability to the environment in which it finds itself.

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Without any environmental damage being caused, which can even put the lives of those present, as well as the image of this company, at risk, taking into account the increasingly aware situation in which the public currently finds itself.

This relationship between the natural and the artificial is the main focus of the tourism sector, which, by associating these two scenarios, allows a country to better publicize its tourist services, in order to reach the largest possible number of tourists from other countries.

Something common even in the Brazilian scene, which has natural monuments, such as Corcovado, the dunes in the Maranhão sheets, but also artificial structures, such as the Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro and the great metropolises in São Paulo.

Where the most varied buildings and offices, such as a dentist office or office of companies that provide services of process design and improvement. A set of rooms that form large building structures, turning them into tourist spots.

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All this introduction serves only to exemplify how it is possible for a country to bet on different approaches during the commercialization process of its tourist services, as Japan does.

A place focused not only on publicizing its modern achievements, but also its natural wealth, highlighting its volcanoes.

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The relationship between Japan and its volcanoes

In terms of natural wealth, Japan has something of great prominence which are its huge archipelagos, a set of mountains of the most varied sizes, with different heights and extensions of land.

The biggest highlight turns out to be Mount Fuji, the highest mountain found on the island of Honshu and also in the general archipelago of Japan. Known for its height, Mount Fuji has been portrayed in films and advertising pieces aimed at the country.

What some don't know is that the Mount Fuji it is also an active volcano, however, having a low risk of eruption, as observed by professionals who perform the service of hazard report, with a focus on environment of natural origin.

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There are also others volcanoes known, such as Monte Aso, known as one of the most active volcanoes in the country, in many cases resulting in the need to withdraw residents and tourists from the region, because of the risks brought by this eruption.

But for those looking to discover lesser-known points in the tourist culture of a country, a recommendation is to visit the island of Sakurajima, which has a low-activity volcano, allowing tourists to approach this place of dangerous beauty.

And to explain more about the characteristics of this place, first it is important to talk about its origins, including the fact that this location is not actually an island, despite having been in the past.

The characteristics of Sakurajima

Sakurajima is a term in Japanese that refers to a specific type of flower dominant in the region, with this place being popularly referred to as the “Island of Cherry Trees”. 

Located in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, being one of the main islands of Japan, found in the extreme southwestern region of the country, this region is famous for its beaches, hot springs and, of course, its wonderful volcanoes.

Among these mentioned volcanoes, Sakurajima stands out, a place that stands out due to its constant activity, but also as a tourist spot, for receiving the most diverse tourists, not only from abroad, but also the residents of Japan.

After all, it is common for someone who lives in the most advanced area of the country, in terms of technology in this case, such as urban centers, to look for new air during their vacation period, still in a post-pandemic period.

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Individuals have been isolated for a long time and have started to take to the streets, with the tourist market adapting to the new reality of fabric masks and surgical, focusing on travel packages to be carried out within the country.

And within this relationship, the Sakurajima region becomes a popular destination for returning from tourist trips, being a place recognized for its natural beauty, which differs from many of the mountains in the country, due to the rustic setting of the place.

This is a result of its constant eruption, being a volcano that even today continues with a constant rate of eruptions, and smoke trails are always found near this region, which even helps to fortify its tourist potential.

Despite these constant activities, Sakurajima is also known for its low-level operations, meaning it poses little risk to tourists and residents of Kagoshima, the closest city to the volcano, about 4km away.

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This security must be defined by the environmental professionals who work in the region, who as well as a preliminary environmental assessment to be carried out to ensure the absence of risks when implementing a project in an environmental region, define this level of protection.

Also because these services end up being also related to a commercial issue, given the possibility of Japan focusing on tourist activities in the place, without any hardships occurring to visitors to this region.

However, this lull in Sakurajima, with controlled eruptions, was not always a reality on the island, which in fact stopped being an island precisely because of a great activity that took place in the last century.

Sakurajima - Sakurajima: Discover Japan's Active Volcano
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The Great Eruption of 1914

A large lava flow in 1914 caused a complete shift in the local geography, causing the site formerly known as Cherry Island to become a peninsula through a land link between the former island and the mainland.

Since then, Sakurajima has never suffered from any eruption at this volume level, capable of endangering the lives of everyone around her, including the mainland residents, now relying on this land connection as a result of the 1914 activities.

To protect oneself in this sense, it is necessary to constantly monitor not only Sakurajima, but also all the volcanoes present in the country, in order to ensure safety, as should be done in a industrial boiler.

Something of great importance for a region surrounded by mountains, with active and dormant volcanoes, with among the most popular some such as:

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  • Mount Fuji;
  • Mount Ontake (the second highest volcano in the country)
  • Mount Aso;
  • Mount Daisen (sleeping volcano).

The places of great natural wealth, resulting from their current or past eruptions, where the achievements that an extreme temperature variation can result in the formation of new land strips are exhibited.

On the face of it, it is something to be observed by a temperature transmitter inside a factory, with the heat from the boilers allowing the manipulation of various metallic-based materials. With volcanoes, this mineral relationship is magnified to a gigantic level of amplitude.

And having lived with this situation for years, the authorities in Japan began to adapt to the natural reality of their country, through the creation of safety protocols, which deal with providing information on how to act in possible natural accidents.

As with volcano eruptions, great service is required. work safety training for professionals who will work in this region, including those in the tourism sector.

After all, when dealing with a group of visitors, in the event of a problem such as an eruption or earthquake, it is up to these professionals to guide the rest of the group on how to protect themselves and where to seek shelter during such events.

Therefore, it is precisely because of this frequent monitoring, together with the adoption of security techniques, that it is possible for Japan to explore the tourist value of these regions, even a volcano with frequent activity such as Sakurajima.

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