Yakushima is an island situated approximately 60 km south from the southern end of Osumi Peninsula in the southern part of Kagoshima Prefecture.
One fifth of the island is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Landscape and weather
There are as many as six mountain peaks over 1,800 m high including Miyanoura-dake (1,935 m above sea level), the highest mountain in Kyushu, and this is what gives the island its other name — the 'Alps on the Ocean'.
Interestingly, the island is said to have one of the world's highest precipitation rates, with the heaviest rainfall in spring and summer.
Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine
The island's main draw is the Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine forest which is home to the abundant Yakusugi cedar trees which gave the island its UNESCO listing in 1994. Some of the cedars are said to be older than 5,000 years and have been given individual names, such as the oldest cedar, the Jomon-sugi.
Map of Yakushima
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Yakushima
- Kagoshima 141 kilometers away
- Kirishima National Park 182 kilometers away
- Kumamoto 278 kilometers away
- Nagasaki 278 kilometers away
- Kyushu 286 kilometers away
- Aso 291 kilometers away
- Kurokawa 314 kilometers away
- Yufuin 339 kilometers away
- Beppu 341 kilometers away
- Fukuoka 362 kilometers away
- Matsuyama 446 kilometers away
- Miyajima Island 472 kilometers away
- Shikoku 479 kilometers away