Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Yakushima, Japan

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2843

This site is located in the ocean 80 km south of Kyushu Island, and it covers a core protected area of 107 km2. Located at the boundary between the palaeo-arctic and oriental biotic regions, Yakushima exhibits rich flora with approximately 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar). It also contains a remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest that is unique in this region.

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