Credit Cards クレジットカ―ド
Lastly, please be aware that very few places
on Yakushima have credit card facilities.
This includes rental companies. You are advised
to bring cash, otherwise you may find yourself
in a sticky situation.
Buses バス and Rentals レンタル
The buses run once every hour and stop around
7.00 pm. They run only on the main seashore
highway and do not run on the western side
between Kurio and Nagata. A reduced service
runs on Sundays and public holidays. However,
you will have little trouble getting a taxi
or renting a car. Motor bikes, scooters and
bicycles are also available. There is no
public transportation on Kuchierabujima so
you will need to take your own.
Petrol Stations ガソリンスタンド
The island is beautiful and there is a lot
to see, but to make your stay safer, as well
as more convenient, please keep the following
in mind. There are several gas stations on
the island and one on Kuchierabujima, but
they close between 6.00 and 7.00 pm and are
not open on Sundays. However, a petrol station
is open in both Yaku-cho and Kamiyaku-cho
on Sundays, on a rotating basis. Tourist
information offices will be able to provide
more detailed information regarding which
stations are open and when. Offices are located
near the airport and in the sea port buildings
at Miyanoura and Anbo and the main townships.
There are no gas stations on the western
side of the island between Kurio and Nagata.
Banyan Trees ガジュマル and Other Flora
Yakushima is the northern limit for the gajumaru
(banyan) tree and Sarukawa Gajumaru, in Hirano,
is over 30 metres in diameter. Along the
seashore are located the Yakushima Fruit
Garden in Nakama (with plants from all over
the world), the Sub-Tropical Fruit Garden
in Mugio and the Yakusugi Shizenkan (nature
museum) in Harumaki. Shitogo, in the north,
is home to the Gajumaru Park. The Shakunage
(rhododendron) Park is situated in Kurio
and here, at sea level, the rhododendrons
bloom earlier than those in the mountains.
Like the rest of Japan, there are few public
rubbish bins, so please carry all your rubbish
back with you when you return from hiking
or other outdoor activities.
'It rains 35 days in a month on Yakushima.'
About 4,000 millimetres of rain per year
falls near the seashore, while in the mountains
it can be anything from 8,000 to 10,000 millimetres,
making the ranges virtual rain forests. This
abundance of water contributes to the beautiful
rivers and waterfalls. With the mountains
located in the southern latitude, a variety
of weather conditions exist, resulting in
a wide diversity of plant life (but please
do not pick any).
Local crafts include pottery and wood work
created from cedar. 'Yaku-sugi' are sugi
(cedar) over 1,000 years old, while those
less than 1,000 years old are called 'ko-sugi',
meaning 'small cedar'. The moss on the cedar
trees is unique to Yakushima.
World Natural Heritage Site 世界自然遺産
Yakushima 屋久島 - famous for its old cedars,
beautiful forests and pristine mountains,
became a world natural heritage site in 1993.
It is home to Jomon Sugi, the oldest cedar,
estimated to be somewhere between 2,000 -
7,000 years old.