Travel destination in Japan – Yakushima Island

Yakushima is an island located off the southeast coast of Japan. It has been officially recognized by UNESCO and has been on the World Heritage List since 1993. Yakushima is an exceptional travel destination, even called a magical island, since more than seventy-five percent of the place is covered with dense forests and mountains. The mountain peaks are covered with snow in winter and the climate is subtropical in coastal areas. These mountains receive heavy rainfall, which makes Yakushima's climate more juicy than other parts of Japan. The word Yakushima means Medicine Island and herbologists around the world have long cultivated local herbs for various medicines.

With one main road that traverses the island, beautiful mountains, trails and waterfalls along the way attract many tourists and nature lovers. Fruit gardens and museums are one of the main tourist attractions that make Yakushima a charming place. The orchard is on the southwest coast of the island, offering a relaxing stroll between tropical trees and fruit trees. Museums and visitor centers in Yakushima showcase the natural wonders of the island. They also provide knowledge of the history of Yakushima Island.

This mountainous region offers plenty of beautiful scenery. There are two waterfalls, Okonotaki and Senpironotaki, just off the main road. There are also beaches spread over the island, the most famous of which is Nagata-inaka-hama. If you happen to visit the island between the months of May and August, you may encounter giant sea turtles. They come ashore to lay their eggs late at night (or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it), between 1am and 2am.

Some buses run between the island's main destinations, but renting a car in Yakushima is practically mandatory. It's quite far from Tokyo and requires a ferry or a flight from Kagoshima, but it's worth the trouble for those of you who are hungry for some adventure.