Mysterious heart-shaped light illuminating the Wilson’s Stump

“Heart hunting” trips in the season for love

The Island of Yakushima

“Wilson’s Stump” is the huge stump of a Yakushima cedar that you will come across in the middle of the Jomon-Sugi trekking course. The cavity formed by the decaying center has an area where you can go inside. When the natural light comes in from the opening above, the roof will look like a heart shape. Enjoy a select moment breathing in the Yakushima cedar forest and being bathed in the natural light from the heart-shaped skylight.

The history and origin of the name for “Wilson’s Stump”

It is said that Wilson’s Stump was cut down about 300 years ago when the Shimazu clan ruled the area. It got its present name after it was introduced to the world in 1914 by the famous botanist Dr. E. H. Wilson. The circumference of the stump is 13.8 meters. At the time it was cut down, the age of the tree was estimated to be about 3,000 years. It is thought that if it was still alive, it would be one of the largest Yakushima cedars, in line with the Jomon cedar.

A sacred space with spring water and a small shrine

Inside of Wilson’s Stump, sunshine is filtering through the foliage like a spotlight. Put your hands in the flowing cool spring water to sooth your fatigue from trekking. The fresh air of the forest and a sacred presence fills every corner of the space. There is also a small shrine in one corner. Many hikers come here to pray for safe trekking.

Gelato with Yakushima’ local ingredients

After trekking, don’t forget to visit the gelato shop “Yakushima Gelato Sora Umi” in the southern part of the island. Soothe your fatigue with the gelato there, which uses seasonal fruits and organic, pesticide-free Yakushima tea as ingredients.

Illusive hot spring that appears at low tide

Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen, with the source of the spring from the bottom of the ocean, is an “illusive hot springs” where you can bathe for only about two hours twice a day before and after the low tide. It has been selected as one of the “100 treasured island landscapes” by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.


Location/Access Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima-ken (Yakushima)
By air: About 30 minutes by JAC (Japan Air Commuter, a member of the JAL Group) flight to Yakushima Airport from Kagoshima Airport;
About 65 minutes from Fukuoka Airport and about 90 minutes from Osaka (Itami) Airport.
By ferry: 1 hour and 50 minutes to 2 hours and 50 minutes from Kagoshima Bay to Miyanoura Port
Inquiries Yakushima Tourism Association
TEL +81-997-49-4010
Yakushima Gelato “Sora Umi”

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