Hiking in Mount Miyanoura, Yakushima

Enjoy some beautiful landscapes in this intense 2-day hiking trip to Mount Miyanoura, the highest mountain in Yakushima, Japan.




Trip Duration

2 days

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified



    I invite you to a hiking trip in the Japanese island of Yakushima, that will take you to the summit of Mount Miyanoura (1936 m).

    After an intense vertical journey through different kinds of forests, we’ll reach the top of this peak, which is the highest mountain in Yakushima.

    Once there, we’ll enjoy some beautiful panoramic views of this subtropical region, which is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    On the way back, we’ll visit Jomon Sugi, the largest and oldest cedar tree in this forest.

    During this trip, we’ll be walking between 8 and 10 hours a day. I recommend it for those who have good health and a strong body, as well as physical and mental self-confidence.

    By the way, you should consider we’ll be staying in an wild area.

    For further information, you can find the complete program for this trip below.

    Please contact me if you want to be a part of this hiking trip to Mount Miyanoura. I would really like to take you to the deep ancient forest and have an unforgettable camping experience.

    I am an JMGA hiking guide living in Yakushima for eight years. I’ll be glad to show you this beautiful place.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    28000 JPY

    Group of 2
    22000 JPY

    Group of 3
    18000 JPY

    Group of 4
    15000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Personal Insurance
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    • Day 1Hike to Mount Miyanoura

      I will pick you up at several meeting places (4:00 am at Ono-aida and Miyano-ura, 4:30 am at Anbo port).

      Then, we’ll start from Yodogawa entrance and climb over Mt. Miyanoura (1,936 m), the highest peak of Yakushima.

      If we are lucky, a 360° panoramic view from the top of the island will welcome us!

      Then, we’ll spend a night in Shin-Takatsuka hut (1,550 m). You can sleep in a tent outside of the hut if the weather is good.

    • Day 2Let's meet Jyomon-sugi !

      We will descent towards Arakawa entrance (exit).

      On the way, we will see the most famous elder cedar tree, Jomon-sugi. And at the biggest tree stump, we can step in and check how it is like to be inside the stump!

      Then, we’ll walk back on the old rail road to Arakawa.

      Usually, the tour finishes around 3:00 pm.


    Other details

    Meeting point

    4:00 am at Ono-aida and Miyano-ura

    4:30 am at Anbo port


    Shin-Takatsuka hut (1,550m) or you can sleep in tent outside of hut.

    More info


    Trekking shoes

    Rainwear (a set of jacket and pants)

    Backpack (at least 40L)

    Head lamp

    Sleeping bag and Rolled mattress

    Trekking poles (optional)

    Gaiters (optional in case of rain or snow)

    *Above listed gears are available to rent in Yakushima.


    Sun glasses

    Gloves (for rope-climbing at some parts)

    Down jacket (it gets cold in the mountain after the sunset)

    Soft-shell or fleece (in wintertime)

    Thermal underwear (in wintertime)

    Snack (or Energy Bar)

    Sun screen

    Total walking distance:

    Day 1: 11.5 km

    Day 2: 13 km


    Day 1: 1,300 m-1,936 m-1,550 m (Shin-Takatsuka hut)

    Day 2: 1,550 m-600 m


    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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    What People are Saying about Akihiro Wada


    We had a great time with Jun and Aki. They were enthusiastic, organised, they too care of us in terms of food, safety, equipment, etc, and they shared their knowledge about Yakushima nature. The activities were fun. I recommend them. By the way they both had a very good level of English. And Aki even spoke very good French.
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