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.

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It is an round island approximately 60km in south-southwest from the south end of Kyushu, and its circumference is approximately 130km.

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There are more than 40 mountains exceeding 1,000m height including Miyanoura-dake (1,935m) in the island and is called “the marine Alps”.

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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.

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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”.

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Speaking of Yakushima island, after all Yaku-sugi (Yaku cedar). “The Jomon-sugi” the biggest cedar tree in Japan is discovered in 1966.

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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.

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Information

Name:Yakushima Island
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)
Official site:http://yakukan.jp/


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