Follow a Yakushima's least demanding path of boardwalks, stairs, and paved walkways that wraps around the moody valley of the raging Arakawa River. See old Yakusugi trees, epiphytes, and second-generation trees.
to Book This Hike!
|Time: 30~120 minutes (morning or afternoon)
If you would like to spend longer, that is fine.
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Price per hiker:
|1 hiker: ¥8500 + ¥500 park donation|
|2 hikers: ¥5500 + ¥500 park donation|
|3+ hikers: ¥4000 + ¥500 park donation|
|*Suggested toilet donation: 100 yen.|
|*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, but there are occassions when you may still get wet!
- Appropriate Shoes or Boots*
- Hiking shoes or boots or sneakers are fine. Tennis shoes may be slippery especially after rain.
- Towel, personal items and medications, camera, umbrella.
- You probably won't need sunscreen unless you are very sensitive. Bugs are not a problem, but please don't wear perfume. There are no bears in Yakushima.
- Water Bottle
- A 500mL plastic PET bottle is fine.
About this hike:
Yakusugiland is a natural recreation forest in an area that receives around 10 meters of annual precipitation and is often cloaked in clouds during the rainy season. It is built around a system of valleys centered on the raging Arakawa River, showing off the forces of water spectacularly. The trail crosses strong bridges and is checked regularly by park attendants. This course covers the shortest and least difficult of Yakushima's nature walks, but there are still plenty of stairs and Yakusugiland is known for downpours. We will venture from the 30-minute course on to the 50-minute course to the Buddha Sugi tree, estimated to be and possibly leave the boardwalks behind for a bit of hiking on the 80-minute course depending on time, conditions, and your tastes.
This is a refreshing, slow-paced course if the weather is good, and the trail is beautiful even in bad weather. There is a (squat-style) restroom and a pay phone at the trail head, as well as limited indoor public space and a gift shop open during park hours. However there is no food for sale. If he's not busy, you can usually meet the resident deer in the parking lot.
In the case of bad weather
This hike will be canceled if a severe weather warning is issued.