This hike is slightly MORE technically DIFFICULT, although shorter, than the climb to Miyanoura Dake! Kuromi Dake offers some of the best "highs" with ropes around the peak, alpine flowers, a bit of vertigo, and fantastic views in good weather.
to Book This Hike!
|Time: 7~8 Hours|
|Includes: Boxed bento-lunch with a hot beverage|
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|Weather Cancellations||⚠⚠⚠▵▵ (Wind, snow, or severe rain, etc.)|
Price per hiker:
|1 hiker: ¥18000 + ¥1000* park donation|
|2 hikers: ¥14000 + ¥1000* park donation|
|3+ hikers: ¥12000 + ¥1000* park donation|
|*The town of Yakushima recommends a voluntary donation of ¥1000.|
|*When hiking with others, please stay with the group.|
- Accident insurance
- Free hotel pick-up/drop-off>
- Japanese boxed bento breakfast and lunch
What to Pack
- At least big enough to stash your rain gear and your water bottle. You'll want your hands free. A rain-cover is also nice, but please don't rely on it to keep your things dry! Alternatively, you can keep your things inside a plastic bag inside your backpack.
- Rain Gear*
- Including pants a jacket. It may be sunny in town, but cold and rainy in the mountains. A cheap poncho is NOT okay!
- Appropriate Clothes
- Quick drying synthetic materials are advised. No jean pants, please. Warm layered clothes especially in fall and winter.
- Hiking Shoes or Boots*
- No tennis shoes, please. Sneakers are discouraged.
- Water Bottle
- A pair of 500mL plastic PET bottles is fine. There's plenty of natural, potable water along the trail.
- Sunscreen, Hat, Sun Glasses as you need
- If you have sensitive skin or the forecast calls for sun please be prepared.
- Gloves, towel, personal items and medications, snacks for the trail, camera and ziploc bag, folding umbrella for eating or taking photos.
- You probably won't need sunscreen unless you are very sensitive. Bugs don't tend to be enough of a problem to warrant bug repellent, but please don't wear perfume. There are no bears in Yakushima.
About this hike:
Kuromi Dake is Kyushu's 6th highest peak. It is on the border of Yakushima's Inner and Outer Mountains, and it offers some of the best views of Yakushima's interior. This hike starts at the Yodogo Trail Head at an elevation of 1365m and continues along the same trail to Miyanoura Dake for the first several hours. This trail passes through an old-growth forest including many old conifers and a noteable Yakusugi tree (over 1,000 years old), enters the World Natural Heritage Sight, and leads to the Yodogo Hut, a shelter where many hikers spend the night. The river next to this hut is clear, calm, and ice cold. From here the trail leads uphill to Hana no Ego, Japan's southernmost high-altitude peat marsh. Shortly after the peat marsh, we reach the turn-off for Kuromi Dake, and are soon met with fixed ropes to help our ascent to the rocky peak. You will be using ropes to pull yourself up and down highly-inclined rock surfaces, but on a clear day, it's well worth the views from the summit!
The high-altitude Yakushima rhododendrons are particularly stunning in the rainy season at the end of May, but from azaleas (technically rhododendrons) to small alpine flowers, wildflowers can be seen from late spring through summer.
In the case of bad weather
This hike will be canceled if the road to the trail head becomes dangerous because of ice or threat of rockslides due to particularly intense rain, if a severe weather warning is issued, or if high winds or heavy snow is predicted. (Sorry, I am not qualified to lead hikes in heavy snow.) In light snow, I can lend you micros-spikes or mini(instep)-crampons.Tacchu Dake is a fun alternative.