Starting point for trekking…Arakawa Trail Entrance
Access to starting point…People who start climbing from Arakawa have to use the Arakawa Mountain Bus from Yakusugi Museum mae bus stop during the traffic regulations period from March 1 to November 30.
・22.3 km(30min. by car) from Miyanoura to Yakusugi Museum mae bus stop and 14.7 km (35 min by bus) to Arakawa Trail Entrance.
・3.6 km (6 min. by car) from Anbo to Yakusugi Museum mae bus stop and 14.7 km (35 min by bus) to Arakawa Trail Entrance.
NEAREST BUS STOP… No.70 Arakawa Tozanguchi bus stop
Distance from the trail entrance…about 10.6 kilometers (21.2 km round trip)
The time required for round trip…10-12 hours
Difference in elevation…1,000 meters
*Chest Height Trunk
*Presumed age…2,000-7,200 years old
Jomon-sugi cedar is considered to be the largest Yaku-sugi cedar with a trunk circumference of 16.4 meters, the largest in Japan. Jomon-sugi cedar’s stocky and short form is characteristic of Yaku-sugi cedars growing in the harsh environment of Yakushima’s high mountains.
Because of its shape, Jomon-sugi cedar was not valued during the Edo period and survived the massive logging done at that time. The age of Jomon-sugi cedar has been estimated to be from 2,000 to7, 200 years old. Being hollow, a more precise dating of Jomon-sugi cedar is difficult.
In 1996 a wooden observation deck was built to protect Jomon-sugi cedar from the increasing visitors.
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