This treacherous trail shows off the majesty of Yakushima as you climb from sub-tropical through sub-alpine flora to the peak for a view of the coast.
to Book This Hike!
|Time: 7~9 Hours|
|Includes: Boxed bento-lunch with a hot beverage|
|Strength & Technicality||⚠⚠⚠⚠⚠|
|Weather Cancellations||⚠⚠▵▵▵ (Extreme rains, etc.)|
|Bugs and Leeches||⚠⚠⚠⚠▵|
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.|
|*Suggested toilet donation: 100 yen.|
|*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*
- Sneakers are okay only if you don't mind getting them muddy and slipping on rocks.
- Water Bottle
- One or two 500mL plastic PET bottles is fine. There's plenty of natural, potable water along the trail.
- Gloves, towel, personal items and medications, snacks for the trail, compact camera folding umbrella for eating or taking photos.
- You probably won't need sunscreen unless you are very sensitive. Bugs don't tend to be too much of a problem to warrant bug repellent in this delicate environment, but please don't wear perfume. There are no bears in Yakushima.
About this hike:
**2018 UPDATE: Unfortunately, I expect hordes of small leeches this season, so I cannot recommend this hike unless you can deal with leeches!**
This is the most difficult hike I offer, but beginners are still welcome as long as they are fit and ready for a challenge! It's one of the best hikes to experience the Yakushima's "vertical distribution" of plants (as if you squished the whole Japanese archipeligo into one mountain!), and there's usually an interesting assortment of (non-biting) insects at the peak. The route also passes two stunning Yakusugi trees: Bandai Sugi which is said to be 3,000 years old, and Mocchomu Taro, whose broken branches are a stark contrast to Bandai Sugi's grandeur.
This is a very steep trail, and it is slippery with rocks and roots. You will be using your hands to help climb for much of the way, and you'll use fixed ropes to pull yourself up and lower yourself down the mountain.
For more info, you can see my blog post about Mocchomu Dake.
In the case of bad weather
This hike will be canceled if a severe weather warning is issued or in cases of extreme rains or winds. If no weather warning is issued, I may suggest Yakusugiland as an alternative.