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Yakushima Island

| Yakumachi, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-4200, Japan
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Ranked #2 of 28 attractions in Yakushima
Type: Islands, Marinas
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Description: A small island with many scenic locations and rich flora, including cedar forest.
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Tokyo, Japan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

If you have no interest in nature, its doesn't matter. I just go there without interest in this island, but I fall in love with a beautiful seeing. Every people in this small island is so so kind. Thank you.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Yakushima is a beautiful lush Island with a lot of scenery and variety, with mountains, beaches, forest and wild life. It is not the easiest Island to get around on though, and not the typical backpacker place where you easily can meet other travellers to team up with. If you want to go hiking, do listen do all the guide... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

..and hire a car and driver to get you around the island, as the public transportation is very infrequent, or even non-existent to many places. Your hotel can arrange it for you (or you can ask a taxi driver directly --- there are at least 60 taxis on the island, and most will be happy to have the work..). Recommend... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

In Yakushima island you can enjoy mountain trekking in over 1000 meter mountainside in morning time. Then in afternoon on same day, you can enjoy beach activities in very clear water on white sand beach! Can you believe it? The island is amazing! A nice hotel has a impressive pool, because the water of pool is fresh water wiout any... More

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

A very special island, wild nature scene with forest, outdoor onsen by black rocks and sea, waterfall and a beach. To enjoy this island to the most I suggest for you to be prepared with the right hiking wear, boots and water resistant cover to your pants. This is not a touristic island with restaurants and fast transportation, you need... More

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Melbourne
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

I want to go back already. This place was one of my bucket list items and it delivered on my expectations. Stunning scenery, amazing friendly locals and lots of activities.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

Must say i didn't get much rain. but where can you hike up to 3000 meters and go snorkelling the next day? and feel like you're the only one up there? and relax in the onsen on the sea?

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Genève
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2010

In May 2010, I went in Yakushima Island, especially to see the Loggerhead turtles ... I was amazed to see the difference between turtle protection between Nagata Beach (north of Yakushima) and Kurio Beach (South of Yakushima) ... In fact in Nagata everything was really well organized and controlled. The tourist cannot take pictures with prohibitions of flash and cannot... More

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London
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

Yaku island is very special. Practically a perfect circle, this small island is home to about 10,000 people, 10,000 monkeys and over 1 million insects! 4 hours by ferry from the Japanese mainland, Yakushima is a popular destination for nature-lovers and hikers - Miyanoura-dake is the tallest point in southern Japan. Worth a visit for the onsen (hot spas), yakusugi... More

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

I have had the privilege of traveling around many countries and I would have to say that Yakushima has been one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a haven for ancient Cedar trees (cryptomeria) called "yugi" (I think) and the entire place is saturated with the most intense... More

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