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Type of Trip
World of Green, Shiratani Unsuikyo
This is a tour to introduce you to the mossy wonderland.
Shiratani-Unsuikyo is known as being the model of the beautiful mossy forest in the animation film “Princess Mononoke“(1997). Japanese tourists also really love to be a part of this fantastic and mystique scenery.
Depending on how long you would like to explore the forest, we can arrange a long one day trek or short half day trek.
For those in search of a more relaxed itinerary, we can trek for about 3 hours in the forest, and then I can drive you around the island for sightseeing afterwards too!
Let me guide you and help you fully enjoy this beautiful island, that is Yakushima. I am very happy guiding in English and would love to share the local stories and cultures with you!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Permit and entrance fees
- Personal Insurance
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Trek of Shiratani Unsuikyo
Total walking distance: 3-5 km.
I can pick you up at several meeting places (7:30 am at Ono-aida, 8:00 am at Anbo port and 8:30 am at Miyano-ura port). We will walk up to Taiko-Iwa (Drum Stone: 1,050m), from which, you can enjoy the magnificent view of both the broad deep green valley and the highest peaks of Yakushima. We take the same route to return, but if you would like to stay longer in the forest, we can take another route.
-Rainwear (a set of jacket and pants)
-Backpack (recommended with rain cover)
-Trekking poles (optional)
*Gears listed above are available to rent in Yakushima.
-Hard-shell jacket/Soft-shell jacket or fleece
Lunch is included in the price:
If you do not prepare your lunch by yourself, we can offer our Japanese style Bento. (Rice ball, cooked burdock, fried chicken, fried fish-ball, Mackerel and Rolled omelet.) Please let us know when you reserve the tour.
About the Guide
I am a JMGA hiking guide as well as National Certified Tour Guide, a nationally recognised qualification to guide foreigners in foreign language.
I was born and raised in Kanagawa prefecture until I travelled to the US where I attended community college and a university in Seattle, in Washington, to study American and English literatures. During my student years abroad, I went backpacking all over Europe, and have also stayed in a farm in France, as well as studied at a French university in Nantes as a part of a university exchange programme.
Fate took me to Yakushima during my bicycle journey from Tokyo to Kagoshima, where I was recommended to visit Yakushima and never left. Since then, I have been tour guiding and mountain guiding in the island that I love for 8 years.
My wish is for visitors to be able to see, feel and understand the beauty of Yakushima through the tours that I provide.
Nice and kind is what I will be to you guest, and would you please be so to Yakushima.
In case I am unavailable on the day, my mountain guide friend Junichi (http://www.explore-share.com/mountain-guide/junichi-aida/) may guide you.
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