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Yakushima and Tanegashima




In September 2003 we spent nine days on the islands of Yakushima and Tanegashima, off the southern coast of Kyushu.  Yakushima is a World Natural Heritage Site with the world's oldest cedar trees, Kyushu's highest peak, and beaches where sea turtles come to lay their eggs.  Tanegashima is home to Japan's space agency, NASDA, and rocket launch facility.  It was also the first place that Europeans (Portuguese) landed in Japan.  The island is home to some fine beaches, great surfing and decent snorkelling.  Because the southern islands of Okinawa are rather famous, Tanegashima has few tourists other than surfers and is laid back and cool.

Click on this thumbnail map of Kyushu to see where Yakushima and Tanegashima are.  Yakushima is the circular island at the very bottom of the map.  Tanegashima is the long, narrow island to the right of it.  Both islands are about a three hour ferry ride from Kagoshima city.






Eden at a rather large ceder tree. 32 m tall.

Yakushika. Yakushima deer. Small, and friendly.

Coming into Miyanoura port in Yakushima.

View of Miyanoura town from high up in the mountains.

Shiratani gorge.

Big cedar tree.

Haha... do they really have to tell you.

Wilson's stump.


The crew up at Wilson's stump. Look at all the people!

Spider's web with morning dew.

Another large cedar.

The Jumonsugi. The oldest tree in the world.

View of the beach we camped near on Yakushima. Morning sunrise.


One of the narrow pathways along the summit trail.

Big stone.

More big stones... what are they doing up here at 1700 meters?

Somebody carried this all the way up here!

Yakushima National Park.

View from the top of the mountain. A big gust came in and cleared out the mist just for a minute or so.

Hiking down the south side of the mountain.

Interesting stone.


Long beach (Nagahama) in Tanegashima.

Crazy ride.

Sea shoes.


ah, wait..

Beach at the southernmost point of Tanegashima.

Eden at the space center.

Lift off...

Another beach. Below are sea caves with narrow passage ways between them. Really cool.

Eden from up on the caves above the beach.

View from our tent. Tanegashima.


sea caves

sea cliffs


sea cliffs

sea cliffs

sea stacks

sea caves

south shore of tanegashima

longbeach (nagahama) tanegashima.

sea rope

yakushika... everything in japan is smaller.


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