There are other ways to enjoy the island’s natural beauty. You can walk through the Shiratani Unsuikyo Forest , one of the more accessible nature parks in Yakushima. In the park, you will find several ancient cedar trees, such as the Kuguri Sugi, the Nidailo Sugi, and the Yayoi Sugi. You’ll find several well-maintained hiking trails that take anywhere between one to five hours to walk. Scattered around the forest are hundreds of varieties of beautiful moss.
If you want to see Yakushima from a different perspective, try climbing up the Taikoiwa Rock, a large granite boulder in Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine. Located at a 1,050-meter height, Taikoiwa sits at the end of a steep hiking trail that takes about half a day to climb. At the top, you’ll get a spectacular view below, especially when the weather is clear and fine. Beneath your feet is a forest of yakusugi cedars covered in deep green moss.