Most tourists come to Yakushima island for a sense of adventure and in these pages and the Yakushima guide you'll find lots of tourist information to help you create that special magical Yakushima adventure.
In fact - you'll find in this site information on Yakushima much of which you won't find anywhere else. This is because I've lived and breathed Yakushima as a crew member on a flying fish boat, as a Yakusugi craftsman, battered by typhoons, sucked by leeches, lounged with giant turtles and chased by monkeys. Basically, because it's personal and all of the little tricks and tips that I picked up, I've passsed on to you.
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In the meantime, the best place to start with Yakushima is with the basics, so here goes...
Yakushima is a Japanese forested island at the top of the Ryukyu chain of islands and famous for its ancient cedar forests, high mountains and its status as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
The island is stunningly green with 90% forest and has over 40 mountains. There are several settlements around the island, none much larger than a village and none in the west where the UNESCO area extends to the sea. There are 13,585 people (6,665 men and 6,920 women) living in these settlements, the largest of which is Miyanoura in the north followed by Anbo in the east. Both of which officially lie in Yaku town, although in reality there is no such place.
This is the bustling metropolis of Miyanoura: (Click to see from a live 24 hour camera in Miyanoura)
Here's a map of the protected areas of Yakushima. The darker blue colour on the map below shows the UNESCO area, the light blue shows areas of special forestry protection and the pink is the national park. The rest is forest right up to the coastline.
To get your bearings when you look at the rest of the information - here is a map in English:
Map of Yakushima (English)
So take a look around, enjoy the delights of Yakushima and let me know what you think or ask a question in the comments section below.
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