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Yakusugi Land guided day trek and sightseeing tour


Explore Yakusugi Land, the Japanese ancient cedar forest in Yakushima Island, in this half-day trek with Junichi, a JMGA mountain guide.


1 Day

All year


Discover one of the highlights of the island of Yakushima: Yakusugi Land, the home of ancient cedar trees over 1000 years.

In the southwest of Japan, Yakushima stands as an unspoiled paradise: a mountainous deep forest covered with clouds. One of the most easy-access destinations on this island is the natural park of Yakusugi Land.

Here, you can find several hiking trails of different lengths, that will lead you to some of the most impressive cedars in this primeval forest.

This time, I propose to go on a short hiking trip: 1 or 2 hours of hiking in a completely safe environment. Even if it rains, you can take your umbrella and walk in the rain! After this short walk, we can go sightseeing for the rest of the tour day.

However, you can stay longer in the forest if you want to, exploring deeper areas in a wilder hiking trail.

The total length of the tour will be between 3 and 6 hours, depending on your wishes.

If you want to visit the wonderful Yakusugi Land, please get in touch with me! I can help you organize your visit according to your time and the things you want to do. 

You can also join me for a guided tour in Shiratani Unsuikyo, another magical destination in the island of Yakushima.



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

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!

-Course time: 3-6 hrs (depending on how far and long you would like to explore) -Distance: 4.5 km for round trip -Area Altitude 1,000 m-1,200 m

Equipment: -Trekking shoes (if you choose longer course) -Trekking poles (if needed) -Rainwear (a set of jacket and pants, if you choose longer course) -Backpack (enough size to carry what you want/need to take with you)

We all want to preserve the nature and the beauty of Yakushima, and that includes the water that locals use as well. The national park therefore asks all visitors not to urinate freely but to take a portable toilet with you for use when there are no public toilets available. Portable toilets are sold at JPY 550. I greatly appreciate your understanding, and for respecting the nature of Yakushima and the locals.

Meeting point

Pickup service is available at Hotel / Airport / Ferry Port. 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) Kagoshima-Yakushima: 30min by air (JAL); 2h30 by jetfoil (Toppy / ROCKET); 4h by ferry (YAKUSHIMA 2)

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.


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Yakushima, Japan

What people are saying about Junichi Aida

Gunnar Olsen


August, 2019

We had a fantastic guided tour and the guide was very accommodating to our needs, the overall service of the Explore-Share was also very good but i did have problems making the upgrade from one person trip to two person by myself but that was fixed fast via e-mail.

Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 25774 Each

Group of 2

JPY 20619 Each

Group of 3

JPY 17526 Each

Group of 4

JPY 15464 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal insurance

- Lunch



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