Yakusugi Land, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho

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#1 of 24 in Wildlife in Kagoshima Prefecture
National Park Wildlife Area
Explore the ancient, subtropical forests of Yakusugi Land, walking along trails populated by 1,000-year-old cedar trees. The park offers hikes of varying lengths to accommodate visitors with different fitness and time constraints. Ranging from quick 30-minute strolls to longer, more adventurous 2.5-hour trips, the route consists of a single trail with various turn-offs leading back to the starting point, and covers a range of terrain ending at the summit of Tachudake. You can see the ancient trees pretty quickly after leaving the car park, with the first part of the trail consisting of a boardwalk. Less mobile visitors shouldn't be put off the experience, but those planning to complete the hike in full should bring along water, snacks, and sturdy boots. Add Yakusugi Land to your Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planner.
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  • I'd definitely recommend coming here if only for the beautiful drive up to it. Stunning doesn't really begin to describe the view from the road out off the side of the island. The paths in the forest ...  more »
  • Take a good pair of choose, some food and try this part. It's one of the best thing I've done in Japan. The old tree is just amazing  more »
  • This was the perfect length hike and you go to see amazing trees and beautiful moss. Absolutely loved it.  more »

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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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