Folow the old logging trail from hundreds of years ago to visit the famous Moss Forest said to be the inspiration behind the imagery in the movie, Princess Mononoke.
to Book This Hike!
|Time: ~3 Hours (morning or afternoon)|
|Includes: Break time with a hot beverage|
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|Weather Cancellations||⚠⚠⚠⚠⚠ (Severe rain, flooding, etc.)|
Price per hiker:
|1 hiker: ¥10000 + ¥500 park donation|
|2 hikers: ¥7000 + ¥500 park donation|
|3+ hikers: ¥5000 + ¥500 park donation|
|*When hiking with others, please stay with the group.|
- Accident insurance
- Free hotel pick-up/drop-off>
- Small hot beverage20
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*
- It may be sunny in town, but cold and rainy in the mountains.
- 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
- A 500mL plastic PET bottle is fine. There's plenty of natural, potable water along the trail.
- Gloves, towel, personal items and medications, snacks for the trail, 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:
Shiratani-Unsuikyo (Literally: White Valley of Clouds and Water) is a natural recreation forest in an area that receives six to ten meters of annual precipitation. Shiratani Unsuikyo Park is a great area for beginning hikers, but seasoned hikers will also enjoy the astounding natural beauty and root-covered trails. Signs of the force of water are everywhere, but on a typical day we can enjoy the brooks and mist. On the way, we'll also pass through (yes, through) a contorted sugi (cryptomeria trees) and see the old mountain hut. A rich variety of plants flourish in the mist in the high-humidity, often growing on top of rocks or stumps or even each other. Deer abound, and are quite oblivious to hikers.
The path near the park entrance consists of a stone sidewalk, a large bolder, and suspension bridges. From there, the path follows an old path of rocks used by Edo-period loggers. This is not an evenly laid path. There are many slippery roots and stones, and several water-crossings, but we will walk at a leisurely pace.
This is a very refreshing, relaxing course if you are physically fit, and is highly recommended for your last day in Yakushima. Drink from cool brooks and listen to the birdsong. Take photos of the moss. Allow me to describe the flora and the geological history of the area as you like, and on warm days, 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, or if conditions are conducive to flooding.
Alternative hikes may include the Yayoi Sugi Course or hikes in Yakusugiland.