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Southern Kyūshū’s various national parks feature active volcanoes and stunning mountains surrounded by picturesque coastal landscapes and countless islands.
Source: Southern Kyūshū’s National Parks: Sparkling Blue Seas and Green Mountains of Yakushima and Amami
“Natural” and “world heritage” aren’t words often used to describe cola.
Source: Cola made from the island that inspired Princess Mononoke begins crowdfunding
Yakul dashing through a lush ancient forest with Ashitaka on his back. Kodamas watch surreptitiously from mossy rocks as Moro approaches, with San, the Princess Mononoke, riding tall and ready to protect her forest. These images came easily to mind as the writer’s ferry, Yaku 2, pulled into Port Miyanoura one misty morning. The writer had been dreaming of visiting Yakushima and walking in Yakul’s and Moro’s footsteps ever since the writer found out that Yakushima had been a key inspiration for Princess Mononoke, one of Studio Ghibli’s best and one that sends a strong message about environmental protection. So when the writer found a volunteering opportunity in Yakushima on Workaway, it was a no brainer that the writer sign up immediately.
Source: Gain an Insider’s View of Yakushima through Volunteering in Japan – Japan Info
Japan – Yakushima
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…
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Fans of anime master Hayao Miyazaki may remember the mystical, moss-covered forest that serves as the setting for much of “Princess Mononoke”, his epic about humans and the environment.
Source: Explore the enchanting ancient forests of Yakushima, Japan’s eco-paradise
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The island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to towering cedars that are thousands of years old. Google has captured views of the forest in winter.
Source: Street View hikes Endor-like Yakushima Island in Japan