Yakushima World Natural
Heritage Site and
Yakushima National Park

Yakushima National Park has a land area of 24,566ha. Approximately 42% of Yakushima Island (20,989ha) and the entire area of Kuchinoerabu-jima Island (3,577ha) are designated as a park. Furthermore, the sea area around Yakushima Island and Kuchinoerabu-jima Island is also designated as part of the park, and covers an area of 7,987ha. The park covers a total area (land and sea) of 32,553ha. Approximately 39% of the land area of Yakushima National Park (10,747ha, encompassing the Special Protection Zone and part of the Type 1 Special Zone) is registered as a World Natural Heritage Site. A further 1,219ha is designated as Wilderness Area, an area largely undisturbed and in pristine condition. Mt. Miyanoura (Kyushu region's highest peak at 1,936m above sea level) is located in the center of Yakushima, a nearly circular island. The largest confirmed Yakusugi Cedar, the Jomon-sugi Cedar, is located 4-5 hour walk (approximately 6km) northeast of Mt. Miyanoura. The Shirataniunsui-kyo Ravine is located a further 6-7 hour walk (approximately 12km) northeast at an altitude of 600-1,050m, and provides visitors with a primeval forest with thick moss and a mountain stream carved out of granite. Yakusugi Land with its numerous Yakusugi Cedars for viewing is approximately one hour from Anbo Port, the sea gateway to the eastern area of Yakushima Island, at an altitude of 1,000-1,300m. Okono-taki Falls, with a drop of 88m, is one of Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls, is located in the southwestern part of the island near the sea. Nagata Beach, where sea turtles can be observed laying their eggs between May and July, is located in the northwestern part of the island. The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center is located on the hilly east-southeast side of the island, approximately 30 minutes from Miyanoura Port, 10 minutes from Anbo Port, and 15 minutes from Yakushima Airport (Koseda).

Yakushima World Heritage Site

The western area of Yakushima Island, a World Heritage Site. A gradual increase in elevation is apparent from the vast ocean on the right to the primeval evergreen forest on the left.

The Japanese Cedars over 1,000 Years Old and Vertical Vegetation in Warm-Temperate Region

While the Nansei Islands consist of more than 900 islands, Yakushima Island is the only one that possesses a pristine natural forest of cedars more than one thousand years old, and an uninterrupted vertical distribution of vegetation that extends from the coast to the mountain peaks. This unique ecosystem and outstanding natural scenery have been highly praised, and approximately 20% of the island is registered as a World Natural Heritage site.

Yakushima National Park

Japan’s Finest Mountain Island with Giant Trees over 1,000 Years Old, and a Volcanic Island Blessed with the Heat of the Earth and Raging Waves

Yakushima Island was designated the Yakushima area of Kirishimayaku National Park on March 16, 1964. On March 16, 2012, after several changes in the park area, approximately 42% of Yakushima Island, and the entire area of Kuchinoerabu-jima Island, were officially designated as the 30th national park in Japan.

Four Yaku Monkeys side by side. An adult monkey grooming a child.

What You Should Know before Trekking

The mountains in winter. Snow-covered mountains reach for the sky. The snow on the peaks is only a thin layer due to the wind.

Mountains That Offer Everyone, from Beginners to Experienced Climbers, a Rich Experience of the Natural Environment

The mountain area of Yakushima Island offers numerous trekking trails of different degrees of natural coverage and difficulty. While many people visit the areas, there are numerous issues to deal with. To protect the natural environment of Yakushima Island’s mountains, people planning on trekking should be sure to read the following so that they can enjoy a pleasant and safe trek.

Jomon-sugi Cedar Trekking Advice and Etiquette

Follow the Rules When on the Climbing Trails to Help Protect the Natural Environment, including
the Jomon-sugi Cedar

The largest verified cedar on Yakushima Island is the Jomon-sugi Cedar. The trail to the Jomon-sugi Cedar is very popular and allows visitors a view of the forest of giant trees, notably cedars, which are over 1,000 years old.
To reduce the environmental impact of excessive numbers of cars entering the mountains, and to reduce congestion, during part of the year ordinary vehicles are prohibited from driving up to the Arakawa Trail Entrance where the trek to the Jomon-sugi Cedar begins.
Check notifications in advance.

The magnificent lush Jomon-sugi Cedar, over 1,000 years old.

Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center

A front view of the Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. The building is characterized by a dark red triangular roof and the wide expanse of upper windows. The sign in front of the building reads 'Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center'.
Center information
Admission: Free of charge
Open: 9 am - 5 pm (entry until 4:30 pm)
Closed: Saturdays between December and February, and at the end and beginning of the year (Dec. 29 - Jan. 3)
Address: 2739-343 Anbomaedake, Yakushima Town, Kumage-county, Kagoshima ₸891-4311

Inquiries (in Japanese)



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