Yakushima: Untrammeled, Unparalleled

I’ve never been anyplace more beautiful: Ancient, verdant, volcanic mountains and cliffs above the sea.  Islands not-so-distant visible from the southern shores.

Today we circumnavigated the entire island, which took about three hours, maybe less.

Waterfalls, farm stands selling oranges, a long and one lane road through a canopied forest.

In the forest, numerous families of monkeys appeared and disappeared, their faces nearly ruby red.  Only a few feet from them stood deer.

On the northern tip, by the main port, we found a cafe playing Dave Brubeck on great speakers and had bowls of udon.

Later we ate the oranges.

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