Kagoshima is located in the southernmost part of Kyushu Island, southwest of Honshu. Even further to the south, off the coast of Kagoshima, is the island of Yakushima, which was designated as Japan’s first World Natural Heritage Site in 1993. In the northeast part of the famous Jomon cedar forest is Yokko Canyon.
Yakushima is blessed with many magnificent natural wonders not hindered by the hands of man. Yokko Canyon is one of them. The forest surrounds a valley that contains a giant granite clearing, appearing to be a natural pool of granite. The river water is clean, pure, and drinkable. The area is teeming with life - Rhinogobius brunneus, Sicyopterus japonicus, and Giant Mottled eel are just a few. Comforting and refreshing, it is no wonder that the site has been a resting place of local people throughout history.
Take the Yakushima Kotsu Bus (34 minutes) to Nagata from Miyanoura Port. Get off at the last stop. 20 minute walk from the bus terminal.
Address: Nagata, Yakushima, Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture
Airport: Yakushima Airport
Islands of Kagoshima, rich in drama and wonder
Sakura blooms each spring from the south, covering Japan in a pink blanket as it travels northwards
Venerate old Sakura tree stands and overlooks the great mountains in the horizon
Contemporary walk through a 400-year old samurai district
Majestic Mt. Fuji, viewed from the shores of a quiet, idyllic lake
Cherry blossoms and Field Mustard in full bloom on the river bank
Warm spring welcome by 200 beautiful blooming Sakura trees
Time travel to the Edo Period
19th Century red brick architectural relic from Hokkaido’s industrial heyday