It was our final full day in Yakushima so we drove up a long, steep road deep into the mountains and above the main port. There we visited Shiratani Unsuikyo, an ancient cedar forest, walking on paths constructed in some instances over 300 years ago, and took in the powerful silence and extreme beauty.
This particular forest served as the backdrop for drawings used in the classic anime movie, “Princess Mononoke.” Thick tree trunks reaching high up, moss covered stones and branches, a ravine, and suspension bridge.
Long ago, the cedar was harvested for shingles. Now it remains impressive and a nod to the force of nature.
No wonder that Yakushima is a UNESCO designated island.
I am so sorry to leave here, after a week at Sankara.
I know I will be back soon.