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Shiratani-Unsuikyo Trekking Tour, Yakushima

Shiratani-Unsuikyo Trekking Tour, Yakushima | Japan

Join a certified mountain guide on this 1-day trekking tour in Yakushima: Shirakawa-Unsuikyo, the place that inspired the anime movie of Princess Mononoke.

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1 Day

All year


Located in the small and rainy Yakushima Island, Shiratani-Unsuikyo is a magical mossy forest, famous for inspiring Hayao Miyazaki’s anime movie ‘Princess Mononoke’. This 1-day trekking tour is an invitation to traverse this fantastic scenery.

This natural park is definitely a Japanese wonder. It has many hiking trails surrounded by a rich flora, including some very old Japanese cedar trees.

For this trip, I will pick you up at several meeting places: Ono-aida, Anbo port and Miyano-ura port.

Then, we’ll start walking up to Taiko-Iwa. From this rock at 1050 m you’ll enjoy an amazing view of the deep green valley. Besides, you’ll see some of the highest peaks of Yakushima.

Finally, we’ll take the same route to come back. However, if you’d like to stay longer in the forest, we can take another hiking route.

In fact, depending on how long you want to stay in the forest, we can arrange a short half-day trekking or a longer tour. For an easy trekking, we’ll walk about 3 hours in the forest. After that, we can go sightseeing by car for the rest of the day.

Please contact me if you want to explore the magical landscapes of Yakushima’s most popular forest. I will be glad to be your guide there!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal insurance


More info

Lunch is included in the fee, but snacks and drinks are not included. If you do not prepare your lunch by yourself, we can offer our Japanese style Bento. (Rice ball, cooked burdock, fried chicken, fried fish-ball, Mackerel and Rolled omelet.) Please let me know when you reserve the tour. Equipment list:

-Trekking shoes -Rainwear (a set of jacket and pants) -Backpack (recommended with rain cover) -Walking poles (optional) (Above listed gears are available to rent in Yakushima). -Snack -Cap/Hat -Sunglasses -Hard-shell jacket/Soft-shell jacket or fleece -Gloves

Meeting point

7:30 am at Ono-aida 8:00 am at Anbo port 8:30 am at Miyano-ura port


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel Yakushima Japan
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Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima Japan
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JR Hotel Yakushima Yakushima Japan
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What people are saying about Japan

Jun is a responsible and reliable guide. He is also knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna and managed to show us quite a few interesting alpine flowers, birds and animals. He is kind and helpful and converses well in English. I will not hesitate to recommend him to any anyone needing an English speaking guide in Japan.


As for Kikuo-san, we both really liked her.  She is very pleasant.  A bit quiet spoken in a good way.  She obviously knows the Akan region very well, as she lives inside the national park.  She has very responsible and well organised.  I would have her guide us again, when we go back to the area.



Fantastic region, perfect guide !



Just back from Hakuba –Japan and I’m so pleased to confirm we got such a great experience with Iwao who has provided a service above all expectations. Indeed assisting a family confronted to a new environment requires a certain level of patience and attention and all the family appreciated his sense of responsibilities and seriousness which allowed us to really enjoy this region by experiencing touring, hicking and of course skiing in immaculate powder. Iwao was very discreet but always acted to ensure we could take the best of all Hakuba mountains could offer to us during these 5 days.This experience will for sure remain in all our minds for long and this will be mainly thanks to Iwao ! Best, Arnaud



We had a wonderfull ski touring trip with Iwao in Gunma. Iwao brought us in various beautifull landscapes to found very good spring snow. He is a very professional guide that can adapt to clients will and conditions! We had great time sharing our experiences about nature and mountains. The second day, we had a long tour with beautiful views on gunma's region and finissing along a river in an amazing forest. It was great fun to wait the last train in the midel of nowhere at sunset to come back to our village! Iwao has perfectly organised the trip bringing me to nice local onsen, restaurant and hôtel! Wonderfull trip to recommand!

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