The mountainous Yakushima island is situated approximately 60 kilometres offshore from the Cape Sata of the Osumi Peninsula (Kagoshima Prefecture). The island covers an area of about 505 square kilometres.
The highest summits on the island are the Miyanoura-dake (1'936 m) and the Nagata-dake (1'886 m).
Yakushima was separated from Kirishima-Yaku National Park on March 16th 2012, and became independent as Yakushima National Park. A part of Yakushima Island is listed as an UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site as well.
Japan 1968, Mimi-dake 1'210 m & Motchomu-dake 940/944 m.
The Mimi-dake and Motchomu-dake are situated in the southern part of the Yakushima Island. The Motchomu-dake is a mountain characterized by sheer granite walls of rock. Mt. Motchomu-dake provides climbers with a chance to see the villages of Onoaida and Hara from a proximate vantage point on a rocky stretch on its summit. The starting point for climbs up this peak is located near an observatory at Senpiro-taki Falls.
Mount Motchomu-dake has religious meaning for Onoaida people and at the summit there is a small shrine dedicated to a local god known as lo-pin-hoju-Daigongen.
Maldives 1997, Yakushima Island.
The stamp was issued in the series "50th Anniversary of Unesco".
Palau 1997, "50th Anniversary of Unesco".
A very old Japanese cedar “Yakusugi” on Yakushima island.
The term "Yakusugi" refers to Japanese cedar trees that are more than 1'000 years old and Jōmon Sugi to the largest and oldest among the old-growth trees on the island of Yakushima.
The stamp depicts Jōmon Sugi, which is known as the largest and oldest among the old-growth cryptomeria trees on the island (estimated to be between 2'170 and 7'200 years old). Rhododendron flowers and the summit of Nagatadake.
The stamp was issued in the sheet
"60th Anniversary Series of the Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Kagoshima Prefecture".
Japan 2014, Jōmon Sugi,
The stamp was issued in the series "Definitives — Nationalparks".
Japan 2015, Miyanoura-dake.
The stamp was issued in the sheet "Japanese Mountains Series No 6".