Natural swimming pool – Yoggo Valley
Yoggo Valley is situated on the northeast side of the island, in the inner part of the Nagata village encircled by laurel trees. You can reach it in 5 minutes on foot starting from the parking lot.
This is the valley where the giant granite rocks are washed by a river that flows down from the Nagata peak.
The first thing you will see is water so transparent, you won’t believe it’s flowing in a river. It’s like an another world you won’t find outside Yakushima.
The water here is so pure you can drink it directly from the stream. You will want to be here in summer to enjoy the crystalline, cold water.
Let’s enjoy the magnificent view from the Senbiro waterfall!
Senbiro waterfall is one of the three big waterfalls of Yakushima.
It’s 60 meters high from the base of it to the source river, which is called Tai no kawa (“the river of sea breams”) which starts from the center of the island.
The waterfall is based on a huge granite bedrock that is 250m x 300m big.
The bedrock was named Chihiro, which means the size of 1,000 people joining their hands, after the size of the rock.
Since the hill at the south side of the waterfall is an observatory, you can enjoy the splendid view easily, visiting by car.
The observatory is on 270 meters above the sea level.
You can overview of the unexplored hamlets and the Pacific on the opposite side of the waterfall.
You should check it too.
Walk through the West woodland path, the World Heritage
The West woodland path is the only area in Yakushima that is designated as the World Heritage Site from the seashore.
In the assumed biggest region of natural habitat for the endangered Yakushima White Pine, you can see many Japanese White Pines rising more than 300 meters above sea level.
On the Seibu woodland path it is fun to meet with the wild Yakushima macaque and Yakushima deer.
They are wild, and please do not feed them.
The Yakushima macaque is a subspecies of the Japanese macaque and it is estimated that there are thousands living about.
Compared to the Japanese macaque, it is smaller and has longer coarser hair on its hands and feet.
If you look closely in places where you see the Yakushima macaque, you will see the Yakushima deer.
For example you might see monkeys up in the trees eating left over berries.
The combination of Yakushika and Yakuzaru (the Yakushima deer and monkeys) is a miracle of Yakushima’s ecosystem.
East China Observatory
You can only find here some signboards and benches, but it’s a picturesque viewing point from where you can see the Iwoshima island, Kuchinoerabujima island, and the East China Sea.