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Friday, September 11, 2009

Yakushima, Japan - UNESCO World Heritage

Yakushima, Japan is an island off the south east coast of Kyushu adjacent to Tanegashima and north of Okinawa in Japan. Yakushima, Japan is one of the sites, enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Yakushima is a small, nearly round volcanic island that rises almost 2,000 m above the sea level. The site is one of the most rain-soaked places in Japan, with measurable precipitation of 50% all throughout the year. Due to its isolation, the steep terrain and exceptional climate Yakushima, Japan is one of Japan’s natural wonders.

The rocky coastline and the luxuriant mountains rising sharply in the center of the island are often spectacular to look at and click pictures of. Travelers will get to see many kinds of wildflowers that blossoms and decorate the roads and forest.

From the Yakushima, Japan, you will get to view amazing sunrises and sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. White clouds line the horizon and pile up in the blue sky. Mists and rain clouds assemble on top of the mountains.

The forests of Yakushima, Japan are not virgin. Hundreds of years ago, most of its ancient trees were cut for lumbering. There are cedar trees that are over 1, 000 years old are termed as yakusugi. The largest of the cedar tree is called the Jomon sugi, and its age is estimated to be between 2, 100 years to 7, 200 years old.

While in Yakushima, Japan, visitors can see and explore the Yakusugi Museum, the fine Yakushima Fruit Garden, Shitogo Gajumaru-en Banyan Garden and several beaches, including Nagata-inaka-hama Beach, where giant turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

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