This page addresses frequently-asked questions about my guided hikes. For general Yakushima hiking FAQ, please see this page.
- Do you accept children hikers?
In general, yes, when accompanied by an adult, but please be aware of your child's needs. Please see FAQ: Hiking with Children.
- What season do you recommend?
Please see this page.
- I heard about this guide who can take us to this awesome place on Yakushima that nobody else knows about. . .
You won't be disappointed. Yakushima has so many amazing areas that quite a few of them are 'overlooked'. Most hiking guides and regular hikers probably have their own favorite spots. Whether or not "nobody ese knows" about them . . . well. At any rate, I prefer to take clients to well-known destinations. If you have questions about other areas, just ask.
- I'm afraid that I can't keep up. . .
This is a group effort! As a general rule, we hike together, at the pace of the slowest hiker. If I do not feel that is fast enough to get to our destination and back in reasonable time, I may ask you to wait next to the trail until I return with the other hikers. (Please do not leave the designated area.)
I have yet to have to ask someone to wait without reaching the destination. But if you are especially worried, how about booking a private hike?
- What if we need to cancel?
Please just tell me as soon as you can. I don't ask for a cancellation fee, but please don't make a reservation with me without 100% intent of hiking that day, rain or shine.
If, on the morning of a hike, it is stormy weather by Yakushima standards (for example, there is a good chance of several inches/10 centimeters of rain or more), and you want to make alternate plans, I understand. I do not want to make your trip miserable. But if you come to Yakushima, you should be ready for at least some rain.
If I need to cancel a hike because of weather, I may propose an alternate hike.
- Do you offer discounts?
I charge less when more hikers participate, but, in general, I do not offer discounts.
- Do I really need to hire a guide?
Of course you can walk the trails alone, but fill out a "Mountain-Climbing Notification" form before you go, and keep your plans flexible. You can ask at your accomodations or stop by a tourist information booth to get a form and ask about weather and trail conditions. Also, if you're hiking without a guide, I recommend sticking to popular trails. They are popular for good reasons, and some disused trails do not actually exist as marked on maps.
For more information, please see the page, Hiring a Guide
- Do you offer island sight-seeing tours?Currently, no. I only offer hiking tours, but I have friends that offer kayaking tours, cycling tours, and snorkeling. Just ask!