Yaku Monkeys on Yakushima - This particular species of macacque monkeys is known as a Yaku Monkey, that is found only on Yakushima Island south of Kagoshima. Their natural habitat is found in the hills near UNESCO World Heritage protected lands. Yakushima is a subtropical island south of Kyushu covered by huge cedar forests that contains some of Japan's oldest living trees some of which are thousands of years old. Today the forests have recovered past logging days and now enjoys the protection of being a national park, while other areas are World Heritage Sites. Most visitors come here to hike through the forests and see the ancient cedar trees.