Yakushima is considered one of the finest of Japan’s Southwest Islands. Here you can relax and indulge in luxurious spa treatments and fine dining. Or explore the island’s pristine, rugged interior with its dense forests, granite mountains and unique flora and fauna.
The home of ancient cedar trees and wild, lofty peaks.
Things to do
As you might expect, the landmarks here tend to be natural and ancient. Take the walking trail to Shiritani Unsuikyo Ravine and enjoy the Sasuga Otoshi waterfall. Or stand beneath Jomon Sugi – a cedar tree that is thought to be up to 7,000 years old. After a day exploring the wonders of Yakushima, relax in the perfect peace of your boutique hotel.
Yakushima is surrounded by water, and that means onsen. These outdoor baths can be found amongst the rocks. Some can only be enjoyed at or close to low tide, others at any time. For a uniquely special bathing experience, seek out Hirauchi Kaichi Onsen or Yudomari Onsen.
FOOD & DRINK
Yakushima may be a wild and unspoilt place, but there is plenty of scope for fine dining and local delicacies. Chefs make use of natural ingredients that flourish in abundance on the island. Here you can find friendly restaurants serving superb traditional fish specialities, and much more.
For a spectacular sunset, try Nagata beach on the northwest coast.
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