Yakushima Island, Kagoshima
Yakushima island where it was registered as the world natural heritage site in 1993, is the island of the natural inheritance that is famous for the Yaku-Sugi (Cedar Tree) including the Jomon-Sugi said to be aged 7,200 years.
It is an round island approximately 60km in south-southwest from the south end of Kyushu, and its circumference is approximately 130km.
There are more than 40 mountains exceeding 1,000m height including Miyanoura-dake (1,935m) in the island and is called “the marine Alps”.
This topography makes the climate from the weather of subarctic zone to subtropical zone, and it is to be seen in one island from a climate of Kyushu to a climate of Hokkaido.
And there are more than 70% of plant species of Japan in this mysterious forest which occupies 90% of the island, so it’s called “Oriental Galapagos”.
Speaking of Yakushima island, after all Yaku-sugi (Yaku cedar). “The Jomon-sugi” the biggest cedar tree in Japan is discovered in 1966.
The felling of cedar tree is prohibited now, and you can see Yaku cedar over 2,000 years old including “The Jomon-sugi” which is said more than estimated 7,200 years old.
|Adresse:||Kumagegun Yakushimacho, Kagoshima 891-4311 Japan|
|Access:||By Plane (Yakushima Airport)
By Boat (Miyanoura Port or Anbou Port)
|Tel:||(+81)997-49-4010 (Yakushima Tourism Association)|