• Trip duration
    1+ day
  • Trip level
    Easy
  • Max people per guide
    5 people
  • Mountain range
    -
  • Best period
    Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Description

Welcome to Shiratani-Unsuikyo!

Shiratani-Unsuikyo is known as the model of a primitive forest in the movie “Princess Mononoke“(1997). Please come and experience the ancient atmosphere by trekking in the beautiful forest.

We will be walking through the forest of Shiratani-Unsuikyo at an altitude of around 600-1,000m. On this trek, we’ll be taking our time walking though the deep beautiful forest, and I believe you will be able to experience Yakushima Island that you imagined it to be.

Kusukawa Path was also a very important route to people during the Edo era. We will walk along it to the forest of Princess Mononoke.

On a nice day, we can walk deeper into the forest and follow Tsuji path to reach Taiko-Iwa (Drum Stone). From there, you will be enchanted by the beauty of the scenery.

Please get in touch with me if you’re also interested in Kayaking on this tour!

LEVEL: Beginner. You have to be fit enough for a 7-8 hours casual work per day.

CLIMATE: People always think Yakushima Island is tropical, but actually, it has four seasons. In winter, we have snow as much as 1m high in front of Jomon-Sugi, around 2m high around the summit of Miyanoura.

In spring, it rains a lot and we can enjoy beautiful fresh green of the mountain range. In summer, if the condition allows we can take a dip in a river. In autumn, the weather tends to be stable and so is good for trekking. Thus, we can enjoy the changing seasons of Japan in Yakushima.

Itinerary:

Meet at the hotel you are staying (between Miyano-ura village and Ono-aida village). Around 8:00 am. we will start from Shiratani Park (610m) into the virgin forest. We will pass Shiratani Mountain Hut and visit Taiko-Iwa (Drum Stone: 1,050m).

*Total walking distance: 6.7km in 7-8 hours

*I recommend you to stay hotels around in Miyano-ura area on the day before the tour, as it is more convenient to meet early in the morning on the day of the tour. There are some areas where I won’t be able to pick you up from, so please get in touch with me with your accommodation details before booking the trip.

For longer treks, have a look at a 2-day trek I offer in the Jomon-sugi forest.

Price per person per day

1 Person22000JPY
Group of 217000JPY
Group of 315300JPY
Group of 414500JPY
Group of 570000JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
Please pay extra JPY 500 per person towards Forest Environment Maintenance Movement

Other details

Accommodation

I recommend you to stay hotels around in Miyano-ura area on the day before the tour, as it is more convenient to meet early in the morning on the day of the tour. There are some areas where I won't be able to pick you up from, so please get in touch with me with your accommodation details before booking the trip.