Hike Mt Tachu in Yakushima

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




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Welcome to Mt Tachu in Yakushima!

Mt Tachu is my favourite 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.

Let me guide you through this majestic place, story telling about the history of the island, the local lifestyle, and the diversity of the nature, from the point of view of a local JMGA mountain guide.

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 is an island with rich nature left in its wild state, and coexisting with small local settlements. It is also known for being the inspiration for the movie “Princess Mononoke” from Studio Ghibli.
Come and experience the wild island of Japan, full of moss green blessed with heavenly showers, an island of botanical treasure and ancient forests..!

Fitness Level:
Basic fitness level

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)


8-9 hours of activity, covering 8km in total distance.
I will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and drop you off at the end of the day.

We start our itinerary from Yakusugi-Land, and we trek through the beautiful ancient cedar forest while I explain the history and the nature of the island.
At the summit of Mt Tachu (1,497m), you will be welcomed by the sight of a pointy giant rock, protruding out into the sky, called 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 view of Anbo town and the sea beyond.

I can be flexible if you would like to combine this tour with other tours in Yakushima and would like to make it a multi-day guided tour. Please contact me if you would need help in arranging hotels and renting gears.

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)

30min by air (JAL)
2h30 by jetfoil (Toppy / ROCKET)
4h by ferry (YAKUSHIMA 2)

Price per person

1 Person
226 USD

Group of 2
158 USD

Group of 3
127 USD

Group of 4
108 USD


Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required

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

Here are a list of hotels that are often chosen by visitors:
-Seaside hotel Yakushima (Miyanoura) http://www.ssh-yakushima.co.jp/
-Yakushima Youth Hostel (Miyanoura) http://www.yakushima-hostel.com/index_en.html
-Yakushia Green Hotel (Anbo) http://www.yakushima-gh.com/
-Guesthouse Manmaru (Anbo) http://manmaru.jimdo.com/yakushima-guesthouse-manmaru-in-english/
-Sankara hotel&spa Yakushima (between Anbo and Onoaida) http://www.sankarahotel-spa.com/en/
-Shikinoyado Yakushima (Onoaida) http://www.h3.dion.ne.jp/~yasuakim/english.html
-JR Hotel Yakushima (Onoaida) http://www.jrk-hotels.co.jp/en/Yakushima/
-Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel (Onoaida) http://yakushima.iwasakihotels.com/en/
-Yakushima South Village (between Onoaida and Kurio) http://www.yakushima-yh.net/

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!


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.

FROM 108 USD per person

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