Yakushima Awakenings
Yakushima, off Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, is a magical island of primeval forest, rare micro-climate and pristine nature. It is also the first place in Japan to be recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. British plant-hunter, Ernest Henry Wilson, explored Yakushima in the early 20th century, researching and photographing its ancient Yakusugi trees. Photographer Alfie Goodrich travels to the island and becomes a conduit for the famous plant-hunter Wilson...

Wilson's Stump

This enormous stump is from a Yakusugi dating back around 2,000 years. It is named for the British plant-hunter, Ernest Wilson, who introduced it to the world in 1914 in words and images.

Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen (Undersea Hot Spring)

This hot spring gushes up from under the sea. Visitors can take a bath only during low tide, which happens 2 times a day.

Yakusugi Museum

Visitors can learn all about the magnificent Yakusugi with dioramas and CG imagery. Other Yakushima botanical life is also introduced.


To reach Yakushima from Tokyo, it's about 2 hours by air to Kagoshima. From there it's a 30-minute flight. You can also go by boat.