Yakusugi Land, Yakushima "Kagoshima, Japan"

Yakusugi Land is a nature park populated by a number of yakusugi (1000+ year old Yakushima Cedars), such as the Buddhasugi, Futagosugi and Sennensugi, along with a series of well developed trails that lead through them. The park is one of the most accessible places on Yakushima to see the ancient cedar trees, as many of the trees are just a short walk from the parking area.

The park has a variety of hiking courses to choose from that will accommodate nearly any ability. The recommended courses vary in length from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours, and they all follow the same route into the park with different turnoff points that lead back to the trailhead.

The shortest course follows a boardwalk trail that soon leads to the yakusugi, while the more difficult hikes continue farther into the forest over varying types of trails. The longest course leads to the peak of nearby Tachudake. There are English signs throughout the park as well as English pamphlets available at the trailhead.

A fifteen minute drive farther into the mountains from Yakusugi Land will take you to the Kigensugi, another of Yakushima's giant cedars. This ancient tree is located just beside the road and is the only yakusugi on the island that is accessible by car.

Inside Yakusugi Land

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