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Type of Trip
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.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport to the start of the trip
- 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.
Hike 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.
Let'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.
Shin-Takatsuka hut (1,550m) or you can sleep in tent outside of hut.
Rainwear (a set of jacket and pants)
Backpack (at least 40L)
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.
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)
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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