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.
Rubbish ゴミ
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.
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