Enjoy a leisurely stroll on a well-maintained path (but with plenty of stairs!) to visit a three-thousand-year-old tree, and see the famous "second-generation" trees.
to Book This Hike!
|Time: 1~2 Hours (morning or afternoon)
If you would like to spend longer, that is fine.
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|Weather Cancellations||⚠⚠⚠⚠⚠ (Severe rain, road closures, etc.)|
|1 hiker: ¥9000 + ¥500*park donationson|
|2 hikers: ¥6000 + ¥500*park donation|
|3+ hikers: ¥5000 + ¥500*park donation|
|*Park donation is only ¥300 until March, 2017.|
|*When hiking with others, please stay with the group.|
- Accident insurance
- Free hotel pick-up/drop-off>
What to Pack
- Backpack* or sack
- At least big enough to stash your rain gear and your water bottle. 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 or a poncho. If you are steady on your feet and have a good sense of balance, an umbrella is okay.
- Appropriate Shoes or Boots*
- Hiking shoes or boots, sneakers, or tennis shoes are fine.
- Water Bottle
- A 500mL plastic PET bottle is fine.
- Towel, personal items and medications, camera, umbrella for 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:
Shiratani-Unsuikyo (Literally: White Valley of Clouds and Water) is a natural recreation forest in an area that receives nearly 8 meters of annual precipitation. Signs of the force of water are everywhere, and this short course is often the only one open after heavy rains. This course is especially good for folks who are less steady on their feet or folks who just want to take it easy.
This is a well-maintained path consisting of mostly boardwalks, stair cases, and fairly level ground. However, the trail does cross over one large boulder and you will have the option of leaving the beaten trail to visit an impressive second-generation tree. (A second-generation tree is a Japanese cedar that has grown up on the stump or log of a fallen japanese cedar.) Although this is a short trail, there is much diversity in flora, mossy valleys full of contorted trees trying to capture the sunlight, and even a good chance of spotting deer.
If we get back early, we can dip our feet in the river at the end of the hike.
In the case of bad weather
This hike will be canceled if a severe weather warning is issued.