Braving the Lava Beaches of Yakushima Island in Japan
Known for its 2000-year-old cedar trees of epic proportions, Yakushima is an island with a lot to offer. Getting there is a bit of a stretch, but for nature lovers, the journey will be well worth it. After a brisk ten-hour hike to check out Jomon Sugi, the famed crown jewel of an ancient forest, head to the sea to kick back and relax on the lava beaches near the ferry port at Anbo and enjoy the salty sea breeze. Pacific waves crashing into stretches of twisted volcanic rocks and crustacean-filled tidal pools makes for a beautiful, if intense, picnic setting.