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Kuchinoerabu-jima Island

Travel Guide


We would like to thank you for your interest in the Kuchinoerabu- jima Island. It is a small island with an active volcano, no industries and no companies. 140 people are living in 83 households. With a population of 173 people in 1993, today's population has not decreased significantly compared to one 20 years ago. This is a miracle, is not it? Why do not you visit to the Kuchinerabu-jima Island for a while, and explore its secrets ?






 Again Volcano EruptedI


There is currently an active volcano on Kuchinoerabu-jima. The volcano, which had erupted on May 29, 2015, at 9:59 local time.
All residents of the island and tourists (about 140) were evacuated to the Yakushima island by a ferry boat. One person (72 years old, man) suffered minor burns.

One minute after the eruption.

Photo by Mr. Ryo Futagami (14 years old, Student of junior high school) at his school ground on May 29th, 10:00, one minute after the eruption.

four minutes after the eruption.


Photo by Mr. Ryo Futagami (14 years old, Student of junior high school) at his school ground on May 29th, 10:03, four minutes after the eruption.


Volcano erupted after 34 years!.

The volcano, which had last erupted in 1980, erupted on August 3, 2014, at 12:24 local time.
Residents of the neighborhood were evacuated to Banyagamine hill about two kilometers from the village. There were no injuries and damage reported.

1 min after the eruption on August 3, 2014.

















Photo by the site administrator.



Photo by the site administrator.


Photo by the site administrator.

Photo by Mr. Hiroshi Sekiguchi.



Photo by Mr. Hiroshi Sekiguchi.




Photo by the site administrator.


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Photo by the site administrator


 National Park
The entire area of the island of Kuchinoerabu-jima is designated as a national park. Its nature is rich and also includes hot springs.
The islanders are blessed with mountain vegetables and seafood. The people, values and passage of time on Kuchinoerabu-jima is different from the cities.
The island does not have any luxury facility for tourists. It's not an island with resorts, but it can be said would be the island of healing.
Every tourist that stays long-term is sure to be met with unique islanders and nature.




 Sea and Fish
The Kuchinoerabu-jima Island is surrounded with a rich and beautiful sea. In the sea, one can see the mysterious coral reefs, sea turtles and lots of fish.
Ara (about 71kg)
was caught by Mr. Goto, one of fishermen of the island, in early June 2013.

Geography 
 Item  Contents
Position About 12 km to the west of Yakushima
Area 35.8 square km
Coast extension (ambient) 49.7 km
Population
(January 2014)
140 people
Population density 4.2 people (per square kilometer)
Maximum altitude 657 meters (Shindake)
Terrain Large undulating mountains
Main industry No industry



Maruba Satsuki
The flowers bloom from June to July. In July, the southern slopes of the summit near the volcano are dyed pink. It is possible to distinguish the pink slope from the foot of the mountain.







 Shops and public facilities
@Facility Contents
Accommodation 8 guest houses
No hotel and inn
Restaurants No restaurant
Be careful for lunch!
Visitors are encouraged to pack food.
Shops grocery store, liquor store
and gasoline SS
No general store
No super market and convenient store
Medical care Clinic of the Municipal:
One doctor
One nurse
Banks Japan Post Bank
No ATM
Post offices one (three clerks)
Hot Springs 4 springs
Community centers Two centers
Hon-mura and Yumugi have Community center, each.
Branch of the town hall Yakushima-cho branch office
Staff: one person
Schools School merger; one elementary school and one junior school
dual classes
 
Power plant Heavy oil power plant(~300kw per hour)
Businesses
Calf breeding farm
One Cargo transport company,
8 Guest houses


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Acknowledgment

Ms. Kikuko Sueyoshi and Ms. Leslie Capobianco had us supervised an earlier version of English text of this site. This site could not be created without their help. We thank their sincerely.
 

Photos were provided by everyone below.
Mr. Yushi Osawa, Mrs. Keiko Osawa, Ms. Yuko Takahashi, Mr. Tsuguyoshi Nomoto, Mr. Toshiyuki Goto, Mr. Makoto Ishiguro and Mr. Masahide Okubo
Thanks to them for providing the pictures.