Leave Yakusugiland and world of people behind as you set out on a trail for the magical domain of the tree called Shaka-sugi. This course follows the first half of the trail that heads to Tachu Dake, and I recommend this course for folks who want a slow, peaceful hike through the forest.
to Book This Hike!
|Time: ~4 Hours (morning or afternoon)|
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Price per hiker:
|1 hiker: ¥1200 + ¥1000*park donation|
|2 hikers: 10000 + ¥1000*park donation|
|3+ hikers: ¥7000 + ¥1000*park donation|
|*The town of Yakushima recommends a voluntary donation of ¥1500 starting March, 2017.|
|*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. An umbrella is not okay for most of the trail.
- Appropriate Clothes
- Quick drying synthetic materials are advised. No jean pants, please. Warm layered clothes especially in fall and winter.
- Hiking Shoes or Boots*
- Your shoes may get quite muddy, and we'll be navigating slipper terrain. Tennis shoes are not okay.
- Water Bottle
- A 500mL plastic PET bottle is fine.
- Gloves, towel, personal items and medications, camera, 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:
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. This trail leads out of the back of the park to some truly rugged terrain where you will walk among giant conifers to one of the oldest of them all: Yamato Sugi, said to be 3,000~4,00
In the case of bad weather
This hike will be canceled if a severe weather warning is issued.0 years old. Expect mud and slippery conditions.
This is a lonely, deep-forest trail where you will be completely immersed in the dark and quiet forest.
In the case of bad weather
This hike will be canceled if a severe weather warning is issued.