Clearly Yakushima is best known for its ancient cedar trees and the lush forests and dramatic ravines where they grow. This is not all the island has to offer as there are other forests to explore such as the Gajumaru Banyan Garden where it is difficult to tell which are the original trees and which are the supporting roots. The canopy blocks out much of the light as well as the roots hanging down over the paths. The Gajumaru Banyan is related to the tropical fig tree and is an indigenous plant whose aerial roots sprout in all directions from the trunk. The roots of the Gajumaru stretch in all directions as the trees share their existence with other plants. Some of these gigantic figs are more than 500 years old of varying size. The trees have spread from one tree to another by attaching and intertwining with other trees so that the aerial roots intertwine. The powerful scenery of dense tropical Japanese sea fig can also be seen here.