The mysterious island “Yakushima Island” where more than 90% of the islands are covered with forests is also called “water island” brought by rich rain and “forest island” which continues from the Jomon period, attracting visitors. In the beautiful island that is also registered in the World Natural Heritage site, you can see the symbol “Jomon-Sugi” of Yakushima Island, which is also said to be the estimated tree age of 7200 years, “Shiratani-Unsuikyo” valley spreading the mossy deep green world, the nature that you want to see is full.
Yakushima Island is located on the sea about 60 kilometers south-southwest from Kagoshima prefecture Sata Cape, the southernmost mainland, and in 1993, about 21% of the area of the island is a natural rich island registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Almost all of Yakushima is a mountainous region, and it is located in an area belonging to the subtropical zone. Snow cover is also observed in the mountains of more than 1,900 meters, with a wide variety of climates ranging from subtropical to subarctic on a single island, diverse creatures are inhabited.
Yaku-Sugi (Cedar Tree) including “Jomon-Sugi” is famous, and many people visit each year. In addition, there are lots of charming spots in the island, such as Nagatahama Beach where is one of the world ‘s leading loggerhead turtles’ spawning places and is also a registered wetland of the Ramsar Convention.
For access to Yakushima Island, if you go by plane, Kagoshima Airport will be the gateway. First of all, you go to Kagoshima Airport from various airports and head for Yakushima Island from there. From Kagoshima Airport to Yakushima Airport there are 4, 5 direct flights a day, arriving in about 35 minutes.
When traveling from Kagoshima to Yakushima Island on a high-speed ship, the boarding will be from the high-speed ship terminal. From Kagoshima Airport to the high-speed ship terminal it takes about an hour by car, in addition to taxis, buses are also operated. From high-speed ship terminal to Yakushima Island, it will take about 2 hours by a high-speed ship and about 4 hours by ferry. Advance reservation is recommended for high-speed ship. The boarding on the day is only possible if there is a vacancy.
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)|