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Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島Sightseeing
Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

At last we arrived at Jomon-sugi Ceder 縄文杉.

Jomon-sugi Ceder 縄文杉

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島
Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

That's what I thought! Jomon-sugi Ceder is the largest!

Since our tour guide suggested it, we laid down on our backs on the deck built around the tree. Then, we looked up Jomon-sugi Ceder.
I was really affected!

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Jomon-sugi Ceder 縄文杉
Tree length 25.3m (83ft)
Round 16.4m (53.8ft)
Diameter 5.1m (16.7ft)
1300m (4265ft) above sea level

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

We will a little more walk to Takatsukagoya Cabin 高塚小屋 where we stay.
However, we stayed in a camping tent instead of staying inside the cabin.

Takatsukagoya Cabin 高塚小屋

There are a cabin and camping site.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Takatsukagoya Cabin 高塚小屋 was very tiny and old like in this photo taken in 2009. However, it has been rebuilt to a larger, cleaner wooden cabin in 2013. You can check out photos of the rebuilt cabin on this website below.

屋久島ガイド
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Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

When our tour guide was cooking dinner I went to see Jomon-sugi Ceder again in the dusk.
This view was also good!

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

I wore fleece clothing because it was cold when we had dinner outside. I was right to bring it during summer.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Dinner
Curry rice including mackerel. Delicious♪
There were lots of choices from coffee, milk tea, green tea, corn soup, etc.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Staying in the tent was comfortable and I enjoyed the relaxing time. I slept well in the sleeping bag, it was not cold at all.

A deer came towards our tent, it was adorable!
It's good that there are no wild bears on this island.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Day-2
I looked at the tree turn orange, sparkling in the early morning sun.
However, I had seen the tree in the day time, dusk, and dawn.
I think the tree is the most beautiful in the morning.
Our tour guide said that the tree sometimes turn red as well.
To see a variety of the tree's views, it is best to stay for 1 night and 2 days camping near the tree.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

I went to see Jomon-sugi Ceder in 2009. There was a piece of heart shaped bark 🧡 on the tree trunk.
I wonder if it's still there.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Breakfast
It was Ojiya which is rice porridge with vegetables in it. There was also mackerel in it.
This is so easy to eat and yummy♪

Finally, we will go down a mountain.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島
This is not The Stub of Wilson ウィルソン株

When we went down the mountain we took a detour to avoid the steep wooden steps on the main trail.
The detour is a naturally maintained mountain trail so it's good for observing nature . It's a good option because there are no other hikers.

The trail merged with the main trail and led to The Stub of Wilson ウィルソン株. We met so many hikers. The trail around the place was busy.
I would have loved to stay, but I had to pass it.

When we exit from the mountain trail we were just relieved. Then, we kept walking on the long truck line.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Anbougawa River / Anbou River 安房川

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島
Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島
Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

We had lunch on the riverside, and took a break to soak our feet in the cold, clear water.
How refreshing it was!
I have heard that some people swim in this river.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Lunch
Somen 素麺 (cold thin noodles) with dipping sauce, shrimp and sesame.
Tasty♪

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Yakushima-yama-tsutsuji (endemic species)
屋久島山つつじ(固有種)

You should walk carefully during the last part of the trail as well, because some people have slipped and broken bones there, even though the trail wasn't dangerous.
Stay sharp until you get to the goal.

We arrived at the goal without any accidents. We fully enjoyed hiking and camping 1 night on this island!

GOAL!
Jomon-sugi Ceder Trekking
was wonderful♪♪


Hot spring: Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen 平内海中温泉

What a great ocean view!

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

We rented a car when we went to Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen 平内海中温泉 (Hot spring). It was highly recommended and our tour guide's favorite place.

Rent-a-car
屋久島 まつばんだ交通(レンタカー)
MATSUBANDA

屋久島情報 まつばんだ交通|トップページ
屋久島にあるまつばんだ交通のHPです。
Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Important

  • As it is located on the sea shore, you can only bathe during the hours of low tide.

  • Admission is 100 yen.
  • It is an uncovered, open air bath. There are no dressing rooms.

  • It is a mixed-gender bath. Both men and women share the bath.

  • You must remove clothing. The wearing of swimwear or underwear in the tub is prohibited. Instead, you may wear a bath towel or a special Japanese outfit designed for hot springs use called a YUGI 湯着, YUAMIGI 湯浴み着 or other similar names. However, at most hot springs and public baths, the use of a towel in the tub is not allowed.

  • Before entering the tub, rinse off your body.

  • At this hot springs, there are small pods that look like mini tubs beside the main large tabs.
    Do not soak your feet in the small pod. The hot spring water is not used and recycled. So, when you finish bathing you can get the clean hot water from the pod to rinse your body if you want. Then, you can exit the bath area.

It would be a good idea to look over this English information below.

屋久島 湯泊温泉・平内海中温泉 — 知られざる地元の名泉
地元の方にも観光客の方にも愛される海辺の温泉の向こうに真っ青な海が一面に広がります。(写真は別荘暮らしのTAKEZOさん)

YAKUSHIMA UMI NO COTTAGE TIDA (Hotel)

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Our tour guide drove us to a cottage (hotel).

YAKUSHIMA UMI NO COTTAGE TIDA
屋久島 海の胡汀路(こてーじ) てぃーだ

Yakushima Umi-no Cottage Tida
Yakushima Umi-no Cottage Tida
Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島
Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島
Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

There are 4 guest cottages.
We stayed overnight at this cottage named Mocchomu モッチョム.
There was a bed on the 1F and 3 beds on the loft.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

When we stayed in this cottage they offered a Japanese style dinner. However, their food menu sometimes changes different cuisines.
When we had dinner they offered us deer meat. It was a little sad when we ate deer meat after seeing some on the hiking trail, but despite this, it was really delicious!

When we went outside after dinner we saw a star-filled night sky. It was really beautiful!

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Breakfast

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

This cottage has terrace, open air bath, nice view and tasty food.
I wish I could come back to the hotel someday.

This cottage has a terrace, an open air bath, a nice view and tasty food. It like a luxury hotel.
I wish I could come back to this cottage someday.

After checkout we went to see falls.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Ooko-no-taki (Ooko Falls)
大川の滝

You walked to the waterfall basin. I had very nice water fall spray beside the basin.

Yakushima Island National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島

Senpiro-no-taki (Senpiro Falls)
千尋の滝
It looked less powerful because of long distance.

We bought souvenirs on the way to the airport.

Yakushima 屋久島Kagoshima 鹿児島 or Osaka 大阪(Itami 伊丹) or Fukuoka 福岡

Website (in Japanese)

JAC 日本エアコミューター
さらに愛される翼へ!鹿児島本社、地方都市...

We had a great trip in Yakushima ♪ ♪ ♪

Photos were taken in July 2009.


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