Jōmon Sugi, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho

A Japanese cedar thousands of years old, Jōmon Sugi has been named a World Heritage Site. Standing at 1,280 m (4,200 ft) above sea level, it is also the largest tree on the island and is often a central part of a solid day's hike in the Yakushima Mountains. If trees could talk, this 30 m tall (100 ft) Jomon cedar would tell a history of the world since the Stone Age. Take a guess at its age--scientists believe it to be between 2,600 and 7,200 years old. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho fast, fun, and easy.
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  • Not until near the Jomon sugi there were panoramic terrace overlooking the North this year. didn't see there was a little foggy, so only vaguely and
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  • We were very lucky with the weather. It was a warm cloudy-sunny day in November with some fog defending as we approached Jomon-sugi. It added an effect to make it look even more majestic. For the midd...  more »
  • It just seems to be really close to long ago, but now views from the observation deck. The day was cloudy, fog near the Jomon sugi is amazing, photography was pretty dull finish. Large realized that I see with the naked eye.
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  • Fantastic experience hiking on Yakushima. It’s an awesome thought that this tree has been here so long, but the walk through pristine forest is reason enough to come here. The rain will always be an issue, so bring a raincoat, whatever season you come here. Consider camping overnight in one of the numerous refuge huts around the island for a really memorable experience.
  • 8 or 10 hours way and back depend where you started ! Incredible forest top 3 of any forests I saw in my life !
  • Such a beautiful walk in nature of Yakushima Island, Jōmon Sugi is still alive and deserve that you pay him a visit with your respects and love. Hiking is fun can be hard also, so bring lots of healthy snacks and water !
  • One of the most tiring but beautiful hikes. Totally worth it for the scenery and just left me in are being able to see such an ancient part of nature
  • Very nice trekking place with scenic beauty. A bit difficult in the upper part.

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Where to stay in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho

Popular among Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho offers a variety of places to stay, ranging from budget lodgings to exclusive hotels. Dozens of hotels are equally distributed along the southern, eastern, and northern shores of the island, with a few deluxe options overlooking Tanegashima Straits. Camping is forbidden, but backpackers can find several small huts free of charge along the island's trails. Otherwise, you can stay in budget-oriented dormitories and private rooms on the island. You can also rent a self-catering cottage, ideal for a budget family stay.
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