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Buried Shrine Gate, Kagoshima

#2 of 28 in Historic Sites in Kagoshima
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Imagine the sheer force of nature at Buried Shrine Gate, an entrance to a Shinto temple buried 2 m (6 ft) under volcanic ash for over a century. The powerful eruption of Mount Sakura in 1914 catapulted ash and pumice 7 km (4.5 mi) into the air, creating a 2 m (6.6 ft) high ash deposit in a single night, and leaving only 1 m (3.3 ft) of the gate still visible above the ground. The lava also covered an entire village of 687 houses, whose roofs stayed visible above the ground. Add Buried Shrine Gate to your Kagoshima travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kagoshima journey builder website.
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  • I found this site fascinating. I rode my bike around Sakurajima and the buried gate was the first place I stopped at. There is a parking area with restrooms across from the shrine. The shrine is...  more »
  • This shrine buried by volcanic ash was restored by junior high children. The displays are all in Japanese; so, I would not have known had my local hosts shared that info. It's just impressive that...  more »
  • It helps people understand scale of volcano eruption.
  • A must go sightseeing point, should not miss it

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