Yakushima Island

Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, a place many Japanese people long to visit. The mystic forest of Yaku-sugi, or Yaku cedars, covered with moss wraps around and welcomes visiting travelers.
Head out to the mysterious island of Yakushima!
Yakushima is an island located in 60km (37.3 miles) to the south of the southernmost tip of Kyushu island. With a climate ranging from subtropical to cool-temperate, its diverse and highly unique ecosystem and beautiful nature have been highly regarded and Yakushima Island was registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1993. It is also called “the island of ancient forest and water” because of the huge Yaku cedars, which are over 1,000 years old, moss and abundant water system.


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