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Yakushima

Osumi Peninsula


A mysterious island and registered World Heritage Site.

The island of Yakushima is approximately 60 kilometers south-southwest from Cape Sata, the southernmost tip of Kyushu. Yakushima is Japan’s fifth largest outlying island at 130 kilometers in circumference. This takes about three hours to go around by car. The most fascinating quality of the island is the mysterious nature created by the island’s diverse climates. Because of this unique environment, the island was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1993. Yakushima also contains numerous mountains over 1,000 meters tall, including the 1,935 meter-high Mt. Miyanouradake, Kyushu’s tallest peak. The island’s climate ranges from subtropical to subarctic. And it is this unique mixture of climates which has created Yakushima’s stunning wildlife.

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Be sure to include the 7,200 year old Jomon Sugi in your bucket list.

Perhaps the strongest image associated with Yakushima is that of the Yakushima cedars. Standing before the 7,200 year old Jomon Sugi and the 3,000 year old Yayoi Sugi, you’ll be overwhelmed by their solemn dignity and beauty. In addition to the Yakushima cedars, the island is filled with dynamic nature, such as the 88 meter drop of the Ooko Falls and Senpiro Falls, which plunges off of a monolith rock formation. The island is also home to numerous wild deer and monkeys, as well as over 40 species unique to the island, which is why some call it “the Galapagos of the Orient.”

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  • Yakushima's photo
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Will you get to see a sea turtle?! Go scuba diving!

Many visitors to Yakushima get satisfied only with trekking, but in fact its ocean and rivers are filled with things to do. The waters around Yakushima are rich in migratory fish brought by the Kuroshio Japan Current; go scuba diving and you just might get to see a sea turtle! There are also sea kayaking tours which explore gorgeous bays and caverns, as well as numerous places to go fishing and canoeing. The more activities you try, the closer you’ll feel to the island’s exotic natural beauty.

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  • Yakushima's photo
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Yakushima

Access

Kagoshima Airport is a 115 minute flight from Haneda Airport.
  • Kagoshima Airport is a 75 minute flight from Osaka International Airport.
  • Kagoshima Airport is a 95 minute flight from Chubu Centrair International Airport.
  • Kagoshima Airport is a 75 minute flight from Naha Airport.
The high speed boat terminal is about 55 minutes by bus from Kagoshima Airport.
  • Yakushima’s Miyanoura Port is about 110 minutes by nonstop high speed ferry from the high speed boat terminal.

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