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Yakushima is one of the Osumi Islands in Kagoshima Prefecture that is a World Heritage Site of Japan. The island is celebrated for its outstanding flora numbering 1,900 species and subspecies. It is notable for its many old-growth Crytomeria trees, also called Sugi trees in Japan, and its magnificent wild rhododendrons.


Senpiro Fall, Yakushima
Senpiro Fall, Yakushima
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Yakushima is one of the wettest places on earth, receiving from 4,000 to 10,000 mm of rainfall per year. Downpours are especially common during spring and summer, with the autumn and winter being the drier months.

Yakushima was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 17th session of the World Heritage Committee in Cartagena, Colombia, on 6 - 11 December, 1993.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 30 19 60 E 130 31 60 in Kamiyaku-cho and Yaku-cho, Kumage-gun Kagoshima Prefecture.
Inscription Year: 1993
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, IX
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