A step-by-step-journey across the most mountainous island in Kyushu! What would it be like spending a night in the World Natural Heritage forest!?
The first day, we start from Yodogawa entrance and climb over Mt. Miyanoura, the highest peak of Yakushima.
It is a tough and long trekking course, a vertical journey through the wide range of forest types, beyond the tree line, into the unpredictable sky of the high altitude (1,936m).
Unpredictable but if lucky, a 360° panoramic view from the top of the island is more than rewarding!
Note that beyond the tree line, where no tree is taller than ourselves, nothing protects you from sunshine or raindrops falling from the sky.
If you care, sunscreen is helpful, and rainwear is indispensable.
Then, we spend a night in Shin-Takatsuka hut.
Note that it is just a free hut with a roof and walls in which we have to share the space with other campers to sleep in sleeping bag. Some visitors complain that the hut and its toilet are not sanitary, but please remember it’s not a hotel.
Or, if it’s not raining, you can choose to sleep in a tent that our guide carries up in case.
The second day, we walk down toward Arakawa entrance (exit).
On the way, we get to see the most famous and long-living tree, Jomon-sugi, and the biggest tree stump (not only see, but step in and check how it is like to be inside the stump!), then walk on the old rail road to Arakawa.
Usually, the tour finishes around 3 pm.
-rainwear (a set of jacket and pants, no matter what the weather cast says)
-backpack (at least 40 liters in size to carry what you want/need to take with you)
-rolled mattress for sleeping bag
-trekking poles (optional)
-gaiters (optional in case of raining or snowing)
Above listed gears are available in Yakushima to rent > link (about rental gear)
-hat and sunglasses
-gloves (trekking requires rope-climbing at some parts)
-down jacket (it gets cold in the mountain after the sunset)
-soft-shell or fleece (in wintertime)
-thermal underwear (in wintertime)
-water bottle(water can be refilled on the way)
-snack (or any portable food to charge your energy)
-self-confidence (both physical and mental)
-tolerance (both physical and mental, staying a night in an uncivilized area)
*In case of an accident during the tour, our insurance will make up to the certain amount in JPN the predictable undesired damages on your side. IN PRINCIPLE, it is your responsibility to enroll in travel insurance on your own prior to your trip and activity in Japan.
- Backpack (Rain Cover)
- Trekking Poles
- Trekking Shoes
- Hard-shell Jacket
+ (Soft-shell Jacket or Fleece)
What in (parenthesis) do not appear in the picture.
Please refer to "Requirements" for what you need or not.