Trip with a Rent a Car in Kagoshima pref: Three unmissable spots in Yakushima
What we'll do
Experience the majesty of nature at Yakushima Island that has been registered as a world natural heritage site!
At your first stop at Shiratani Unsuikyo Gorge, the vast natural recreational forest is popular for both the Yakushima cedar trees and trekking, and this place allows you to get a sense of a mystical world.
You can also head to Yakusugi Land where you can see the Yakushima cedar trees. They offer periodic courses, allowing you to casually enjoy the Yakushima cedar trees.
The Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is a hot spring in the ocean, and you can only go into this secluded hot spring for 2 hours at low tide. It is also famous for how unusual it is even in Japan for a hot spring to have salt water. This is the most dynamic location that is connected to the ocean.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Yakushima Airport Shop.
2-minute walk diagonally to the left from Yakushima Airport.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 6,325 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
1Shiratani Unsuikyo Gorge
A natural recreation forest located upstream of the Shiratanigawa River which flows through the northeastern part of Yakushima Island, Shiratani Unsuikyo Gorge is home to huge yakusugi cedar trees which has made it a popular sightseeing destination. Here, visitors can experience the beauty of nature, such as mountain streams, deep forests covered with moss, and kugurisugi cedar that have holes big enough to pass through left by the decay of roots. Several hiking trails are available, so visitors can feel free to explore the forest according to their mood and physical condition of the day.
Yakusugi Land is a vast natural recreation forest designated as a preservation district of the forestry ecosystem conservation area on Yakushima Island. As the name Yakusugi Land suggests, the forest is home to various kinds of yakusugi (yakushima cedar) trees, including the Buddha cedar which is said to be 1,800 years old. The clear brook that runs through the forest as well as the forest itself are covered with moss, creating a fantastic scenery unique to the island. There are four different hiking trails to choose from, from a 30-minute leisurely walk to a 150-minute nature-filled course, so visitors can choose the one best suited to them.
3Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen
Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is a rare type of hot spring, with its water source coming from within the ocean. There are two natural baths, created by modifying natural depressions on the shore. Bathing here is only possible during low tide: twice a day and two hours at a time. Enjoying this hot spring during the daytime while gazing out at the sea or at night while admiring the starry sky and the soothing sound of the waves is an excellent way to relax.