The island of Yakushima is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in Japan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its scenery has inspired the anime film Mononoke Hime. While it is a fairly small island, there are many things to do in Yakushima. You can go snorkeling or white water rafting, walk along beaches, see waterfalls and visit an onsen. However, its main draw is its ancient forest with Yakisugi cedar trees that are over a thousand years old. If you take a trip to Yakushima, here are two of the best nature reserves that should be at the top of your list.
1. Shiratani Unsuikyo
Shiratani Unsuikyo is one of the most famous spots on the island, and given its unspoiled beauty, it’s easy to understand why. It has various walking trails, the longest of which take around five hours to complete.