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Hike Mt Tachu in Yakushima


Join Junichi, a local JMGA mountain guide and a National Certified Tour Guide, on his favorite hike on Yakushima island, to Mt Tachu!


1 Day

All year




  • Discover the beautiful ancient forests of Yakushima.
  • Climb Mt. Tashu away from the crowds and enjoy its pristine nature.
  • Join a local certified guide that can take you to the best spots on the island.


Would you like to enjoy one of the best treks in Yakushima, away from the crowds? Then let me show you the way up Mt Tachu!

Yakushima is one of the islands of Japan, located to the south of Kagoshima, which is at the southern tip of Kyushu island. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an island with rich nature left in its wild state, coexisting with small local settlements. It is also known for being the inspiration for the movie “Princess Mononoke” by Hayao Miyazaki.

Mt Tachu is my favorite and one of the most entertaining trails in Yakushima. You get to experience both the ancient forests and some mountain climbing, where you will be able to enjoy the quiet without other people around. The hike will take around 8 to 9 hours and we will cover 8km of the total distance. I will pick you up from your hotel and then drop you off at the end of the day.

We will begin at Yakusugi-Land and trek through the beautiful ancient cedar forest while I explain the history and the nature of the island. Then, we will climb Mt Tachu (1,497m). At its summit, you will be welcomed by the sight of a pointy giant rock protruding into the sky that goes by the name of Tachuseki (meaning “heaven reaching rock”). It is taller than many buildings in the city and you will be in awe when you stand at the foot of the rock and stare to the top! You will also enjoy the views of Anbo town and the sea beyond.

Let me guide you through this majestic place, and tell you about the history of the island, the local lifestyle, and the diversity of the local flora and fauna on this exciting adventure.  Contact me now and experience this wild island of Japan, full of moss green botanical treasures and ancient forests!

You can also combine this tour with some of the other tours that I offer in the region!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal insurance

- Lunch

Price details

Included in Price:-

Guide Fee, Entry Fee (JPY 500), lunch (Japanese style bento), and insurance

Excluded from Price:-

Gear rental, any transportation cost (flight, ferry to get to the island)

We all want to preserve the nature and the beauty of Yakushima, and that includes the water that locals use as well. The national park, therefore, asks all visitors not to urinate freely but to take a portable toilet with you for use when there are no public toilets available. Portable toilets are sold at JPY 550. I greatly appreciate your understanding, and for respecting the nature of Yakushima and the locals.



Accommodation Info: There is a variety of accommodation, guest house, hotels in Japanese style, or occidental style, and their price varies.

More info

  • There could be snow on the road from mid Dec to mid March. If the road is closed as a result, then the hike can be cancelled or changed to another itinerary.

  • If you are a group of 5 or more people, please ask me for the pricing information!

Meeting point

Pickup service is available at Hotel / Airport / Ferry Port. How to get to Yakushima? Tokyo-Kagoshima 1h35 by air (JAL / ANA / SKY / Jetstar); Osaka-Kagoshima 1h10 by air (JAL / ANA / peach); Osaka-Yakushima 1h30 by air (JAL); Fukuoka-Kagoshima 2h10 by JR (Shinkansen) Fukuoka-Yakushima 1h10 by air (JAL) Kagoshima-Yakushima: 30min by air (JAL); 2h30 by jetfoil (Toppy / ROCKET); 4h by ferry (YAKUSHIMA 2)

About the guide

I am a JMGA certified hiking guide and a National Certified Tour Guide, living locally in Yakushima since 1998. I have always been passionate about the nature and the outdoors, and have also attended a park ranger school in Canada, where I rediscovered the beauty of the Japanese nature. Upon my return to Japan, I learnt about eco tourism in Yakushima, which is when I packed all my belongings on a van and moved there. Since then, I have been guiding in Yakushima and have attended thousands of visitors up to this day.

Many guests have told me that travelling with a guide is much more secure, informative and fun. The chance to communicate with the true locals is the real charm of the trip. I’ll do my best to make your time in Yakushima memorable and unforgettable!

I look forward to welcoming you and sharing the natural beauty of Yakushima with you, and the Japanese culture itself that is deeply related to its nature.

If I cannot guide the tour then my friend guide Akihiro (http://www.explore-share.com/mountain-guide/akihiro-wada/) will guide you.


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Yakushima, Japan

What people are saying about Junichi Aida

Gunnar Olsen


August, 2019

We had a fantastic guided tour and the guide was very accommodating to our needs, the overall service of the Explore-Share was also very good but i did have problems making the upgrade from one person trip to two person by myself but that was fixed fast via e-mail.



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