The impressive Gajumaru with their intertwining aerial roots
About 5km west of Miyanoura Port and 10 minutes away by car, this park which is right on a coastline with a beautiful view is also known as the northern edge of the Gajumaru Banyans. The Gajumaru Banyan is related to the tropical fig tree and is an indigenous plant whose aerial roots sprout in great number from the trunk. Beginning with the huge Gajumarus which are more than 500 years old, this is the largest Gajumaru park on Yakushima where many subtropical plants can be seen.
Observe gigantic trees close up from the nature trails
There are 2 nature trails (10 minutes and 15 minutes) winding inside the park with many resting benches along the way so that even beginners can get a taste of jungle exploration without worrying. Within the park, there are Banyans of varying size which have propagated from one tree by growing on other trees so that there are wizened trees of 200 to 300 years of age whose countless aerial roots intertwine. The powerful scenery of dense tropical Japanese sea fig and hanabiwa trees can also be witnessed so that you will be amazed by their vitality. From close up, you can see the roots of the Gajumaru stretch downwards as the trees share their existence with other plants which is a sight well worth seeing. Also, along with the flora, many species of butterflies can also be observed, but since mosquitoes are also very abundant during the summer, insect repellant is a must. Yakusugi (Yakushima cedars) are representative of the island, but since you can also fully enjoy a subtropical mood within the Gajumaru woods, this is definitely an area that you want to visit. There are washroom facilities but no stores in the park.
A café in the rest area where you can enjoy a menu of local delicacies
Right beside the Gajumaru Garden, there is a small and pretty café called kiina where you can enjoy a menu using local ingredients and dishes which include sandwiches, cakes, drinks and other light meals.