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  • Ferry View Yakushima Island

  • Miyanoura Port Yakushima Island

  • Miyanoura Port Yakushima Island

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  • Yakushima Environmental Culture Village Center

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  • Yakushima Island Shirataniunsuikyo Also Known As Princess Mononoke's Forest

  • Yakushima Island Shirataniunsuikyo Also Known As Princess Mononoke's Forest

  • Yakushima Island Shirataniunsuikyo Area With Old Cedar Trees

  • Yakushima Island Shirataniunsuikyo Area

  • Yakushima Island Shirataniunsuikyo Area With Old Cedar Trees

  • Yakushima Island Shirataniunsuikyo Amazing Cedar Tree

  • Yakushima Island Shirataniunsuikyo Blueprint For Hayao Miyazaki´s Movie

  • Yakushima Island Ocean View

  • Yakushima Island Orange Plantation

  • Yakushima Island Beautiful Senpiro Waterfall

  • Yakushima Island Coastal Road

  • Yakushima Island Hidden Beach

  • Yakushima Island Map Of Waterfalls

  • Yakushima Island Ohko-no-taki Waterfall

  • Yakushima Island River

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Facts & Figures

Yakushima belongs to the Ōsumi Islands. The round-shaped suptropical island covers an area of app. 505 square kilometres with an population of 15.000. The highest mountain with 1935m is called Miyanoura-dake. Most parts of the island are covered by ancient cedar trees (yaku-sugi). One of the oldest trees in the world Jomon Sugi (between 2,170 and 7,200 years old) is only reachable by a 10hr hiking tour (round-trip).

History

Yakushima Island was in 1993 declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Yakushima belongs to the Kagoshima Prefecture and is part of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park.

How to get to Yakushima?

  • 90min direct flight from Osaka by Japan Air Commuter (JAL Group)
  • 1hr direct flight from Fukuoka by Japan Air Commuter (JAL Group)
  • 35min direct flight from Kagoshima by Japan Air Commuter (JAL Group)
  • 2-3hrs from Kagoshima by high-speed boat

Sightseeing spots

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Jomon Sugi - one of the oldest trees in the world

Shirataniunsuikyo Area - beautiful nature park and inspiration for the Princess Mononoke movie made by Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli

Yakusugi Land - nature park with impressive 1000 year and older cedar trees

Yakushima Environmental Culture Village Center - great display/introduction to the nature of the island

Senpiro Waterfall - amazing waterfall

Ohko-no-taki Waterfall - belongs with 88m to one of Japans best and most scenic waterfalls

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

August

Yakushima Goshinzan Festival (first Saturday and Sunday)
It is a summer festival, at the stage of the Miyano-ura-gawa River, of a solemn shrine ritual where even tourists can take part of it.