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Yakushima Island

A subtropical island located off the southern coast of Kagoshima Prefecture is famous for its 1000 year old trees of Japan.

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Yakushima Island

This subtropical island located off the southern coast of Kagoshima Prefecture is famous for its 1000 year old trees of Japan. Yakusugi is the name giving to the Japanese cedars over 1000 year old, with the oldest one on the island estimated over 7000 years old. Yakushima has been designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 acting also as a national park of Japan. The resistance to decay as well as the durability of the Sugi trees has inspired logging at this location as early as the Momoyama period all the way until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Some of the Jomonsugi trees estimated to be over 2000 years old have escaped the fate of being cut down, due to its irregular shape than that of the Yakusugi trees. Constant rainfall on this island has led to a local saying “it rains 35 days of the month” on Yakushima Island. Most of the travelers exploring Yakushima enjoy the hikes while enjoying the views of Yakusugi trees of the area. At Yakusugi Land, varies hiking courses can be chosen by visitors ranging from difficulty and hiking duration. Other outdoor attractions on the island include nature watching, scuba diving, museums and osens are also available for travelers to enjoy on Yakushima.