Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Forest in Kagoshima Prefecture

Shiratani Unsuikyo. Yakushima
10 Mar 2015 | From Yulia of Japan

Kagoshima Prefecture consists of the southernmost part of Kyushu and the northern half of the Nansei Shoto, the island group that stretches from Kyushu to Taiwan. The prefecture's former name is Satsuma. Satsuma played a crucial role in realizing the Meiji Restoration and during the Meiji Period.

Yakushima is a subtropical island off the southern coast of Kyushu and part of Kagoshima Prefecture. It is covered by an extensive cedar forest that contains some of Japan's oldest living trees. The Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine on Yakushima is a lush, green nature park containing a number of the island's ancient cedars such as the Nidaiosugi, Kugurisugi and Yayoisugi, the park's most accessible yakusugi which can be reached in a 15 minute walk. Shiratani Unsuikyo is a popular destination to see the forests without much strenuous hiking.

Source: Japan Guide

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