Drone captures Japan’s beautiful Kagoshima islands

Thinking about visiting Kagoshima during your Japan travels, you might want to consider adding some of the southern islands to your trip agenda.  The above video will give you an excellent aerial view of these beautiful islands … all captured from a drone camera in 4K Ultra HD.   The drone flyover includes the islands of, Yakushima Island (屋久島), Yoron Island (与論島), Tanegashima Island (種子島), Koshiki Island (甑島), Amami Island (奄美大島), and Kakeroma Island (加計呂麻島).

The islands of Kagoshima Prefecture include about 30 islands far to the south, among which is Yakushima Island, which is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tokara Islands, a chain of twelve islands of varying in size and stretching over a distance of 162 km, and Amami Oshima, the second largest isolated in Japan.

About Yakushima (credit Wikipedia) … Yakushima is a primeval temperate rainforest extending from the center of the almost round-shaped, mountainous island.  The forests of Yakushima inspired the forest setting in Hayao Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke.

World Heritage Designation – UNESCO

In 1980 an area of 18,958 ha was designated a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. In 1993, 10 hectares of wetland at Nagata-hama was designated a Ramsar Site. It is the largest nesting ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle in the North Pacific. Yakushima’s unique remnant of warm/temperate ancient forest has been a natural World Heritage Site since 1993. In the Wilderness core area (12.19 square kilometres (3,010 acres)) of the World Heritage Site, no record of past tree cutting can be traced. The island is visited by 300,000 tourists every year.

Find out more about Yakushima’s UNESCO designation from the UNESCO website.

See more about the Kagoshima travel locations you should consider on your next visit to Kagoshima Prefecture Japan, including hot springs, an active volcano, the last samurai’s death place, and the yearly Ohara festival.

See more video of the drone flyover of Kagoshima.