World Heritage in Japan 3
Yakushima (Yaku Island)
Yakushima or Yaku Island (Nature, registered in 1993)
Yakushima was registered as a Narural Property together with Shirakami
Mountain Range in December 1993.
The registered area is the forest of 10,747 ha which coves about 20% of
Main characteristics of Yakushima is vertical distribution of the plants.
Miyanouradake (1936m) is the highest mountain in Yakushima and it snows
on top. So, you can see the plants of every island in Japan from Hokkaido
to Kyushu. That is why this island is called 'Alps on the sea'.
Yakushima is famous for Yakusugi (cedar tree). Characteristics of Yakusugi
is nonperishability. The land mainly consists of granite and the surface
soil is very thin. So the cedar cannot absorb enough nutrient elements.
By this reason and a lot of rain, the cedar keeps a lot of resin which
makes cedar nonperishable. New cedar is born from stump or fallen tree.
Regeneration of ceder on stump
The oldest tree is Jomonsugi, cedar tree who is supposedly 7,200 year's
old. The round trip to Jomonsugi takes about 10 hours walk. If it is too
long, you may like to visit Yakusugi Land or Shirataniunsui Canyon where
you can enjoy easy walk in the cedar forest. from 30 minutes.
And Laurel Forest Zone called Seiburindo is the only world heritage area
where you can visit by car. Sometimes you may encounter Yaku deer or Yaku
（Reference: Website of Yakushima Tourist Association)
How to access from Tokyo (example)
Tokyo International (Haneda) Airport-(Airplane)-Kagoshima Airport
Net flight time: About 2 hours
Jomonsugi, Cedar tree
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-Hiroshima Peace Memorial
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-Kii Mountain Range
-Iwami Silver Mine
-Site of Industrial Revolution
-Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
-Okinoshima & Munakata
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