Yakushima is a subtropical island, a part of Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. It is covered by an extensive cedar forest that contains some of Japan's oldest living trees, famously called yakusugi, which are more than 1000 years old and some of which may be over 7000 years old.
With over 70 species of endemic plants, other flora and shores teeming with sea life, villagers on Yakushima Island enjoy a plentiful bounty of seafood and edible plants. But the water cycle also plays another important role in their everyday life. Most of Yakushima’s electricity is hydroelectric, making it ideal island for eco-friendly stays.
Yakushima Island’s wet climate gives life to dramatic ravines, flowing rivers, and stunning green coats of moss, simply ideal for forest therapy program! Also, wild, mysterious, and untouched ancient cedar forests are well protected by both the gods of folklore and a UNESCO World Heritage designation. This woodland kingdom served as the inspiration for the magical backgrounds of Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke”.
While the otherworldly cedar forests are Yakushima’s famous scene with various well-marked hiking trails, ranging from 1 to 5 hours in length, the bountiful rainfall creates impressive waterfalls, one of which can be approached by kayak. Go snorkeling off the unspoiled beaches or watch sea turtles nest in the summer. Furthermore, the island is home to several simple and wild onsen (hotspring spots) such as the sea baths offering natural rock pools right on the edge of the ocean.
About the venue
Nestled underneath the great Mt.Mocchomu in the heart of Yakushima onsen country, you can enjoy excellent home-cooked meals and a hot spring baths after a day of hiking through cedar forests.
Shikino yado is perfectly situated between the mountains and theocean, so we are blessed with warm sunny days and cool evenings for peaceful sleeping.
Wake up to gentle winds, mountain views, birds singing and organic vegetables grown on our farm.
Our land is approximately 33,000 square feet(3000 square meter)providing Japanese, Western and Condo style accommodation options. Japanese, Western and dinning room have wireless high speed internet access and easy parking.