Mossy landscapes and ancient, indigenous cedar trees make for fairytale hiking heaven here, and moisture is plentiful at this elevation – Yakushima is the highest mountain in southern Japan. The exquisite scenery of this island, its mountains and trees are revered by some as a spiritual place. Vegetation differs greatly from mainland Japan. And for such a tiny island, it’s teeming with life: over 1,900 species and subspecies of flora, and 16 mammal species, like the sika deer and the Japanese macaque, which are endemic here. Keep an eye out for the Japanese wood pigeon and the Ryukyu robin as well.
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Yakushima, Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan