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Thanks to the natural beauty of its over one-thousand year old moss-covered Yakusugi cedar trees Yakushima was designated a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, gaining increasing attention worldwide in recent years. Our presenter Sam from New Zealand recently paid the island a visit to get a feel for the natural wonders the island has to offer.
Sam started off his journey with one of the best ways to fully experience the vast natural beauty of Yakushima: hiking. Hiking goods such as shoes and backpacks are readily available for rent from the shop Sangakutaro at reasonable prices.
|410-8 Anbo, Yakushima, Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-4311|
|TEL 0997-49-7112 (Hours 9:00am-6:30pm)
FAX 0997-49-7113 E-mail: email@example.com
For those new to hiking we recommend Yakusugi Land, where you can fully immerse yourself in the magnificent forests of Yakushima.
|Tachudake Kokuyurinnai, Anbo, Yakushima, Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-4200|
|300 yen（High-school age and up）|
|0997-46-3221（Yakushima Town Hall）|
After a long day of hiking, rejuvenate your tired bones with a nice cold, sweet gelato. Using local seasonal ingredients, here you can enjoy flavors you can only find here on Yakushima. There is also a hammock inside the shop, so you can really kick back and relax for a while here.
Yakushima Gelato Soraumi
|165-8 Mugio, Yakushima, Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-4402|
|1:00pm-5:30pm（5:15pm last order）|
|Tuesdays, Wednesdays, first or second Saturday of the month|
That night we stayed at the Moss Ocean House Guest House, whose relaxed atmosphere was just perfect for recharging both mind and body.
Moss Ocean House
|311-91 Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-4402|
If you are looking to pick up some souvenirs to take back home with you, head on over to Ponkan Tankan where you will find a variety of seasonal local agricultural products and artisan goods.
Ponkan Tankan Yakushima Magokoro
|898-2 Mugio, Yakushima, Kumege District, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-4402|
|Open 365 years a year|
In addition to the old-growth forest left virtually untouched by humankind, Yakushima offers a host of other mysterious kinds of scenery that you won’t find anywhere else.
Seibu Rindo Forest Path
Ohko no Taki Waterfall
Here you can choose from a varied menu of local dishes made using local ingredients, such as deep-fried flying fish or Yakushima udon.
Gohan ya Yaku-udon
|500-46 Anbo, Yakushima, Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-4311|
|11:00am-3:00pm（last order） / 6:00pm-9:00pm（last order）|
Yakushima is home to a great number of waterfalls, but one of the most famous is Senpiro Falls. This abundant waterfall flows out from a giant v-shaped valley, making for an absolutely stunning view.
The rich natural landscapes of Yakushima are waiting for you just a short one-hour flight from Fukuoka, so the next time you find yourself in Fukuoka, why not go just one step further and experience this island of natural wonders for yourself?