Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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.
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.
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.
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
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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