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Yakushima - Jomon Sugi Forest HIke

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Go! Yakushima

  • Locations

    Yakushima, Kagoshima, Japan

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    From: ¥20,000 JPY per person
  • Duration

    11 hours

  • Avg Distance

    22km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Departure time depends on your hotel location

  • Starting Location

    Hotel

  • Price Includes

    Lunch Bento / Transportation / Insurance. Excluding breakfast / obligatory return bus fare - 1,400 yen per person + the guide`s bus fare / 1,000 yen per person Environment Maintenance Donation.

  • Notes

    I can arrange hiking gear rental as well as good accommodation and transportation to Yakushima

Highlights

  • Jomon sugi is not the only grand old tree you will see along this route. There are many other impressive trees to view as we walk through the forest.
  • Walk into the remains of Wilson's Stump: a 44m high cryptomeria tree that was felled around 1586 to build a temple in Kyoto.
  • Walk around the abandoned logging village of Kosugidani and the relics of a once-thriving industry.
  • The railway line offers some fascinating insights into how people worked and lived in this area.

Guide

Trip Info

Jomon sugi is Japan’s oldest tree and it also ranks as one of the oldest trees in the world. Estimates range from 2600 – 7200 years old. Jomon sugi is a Cryptomeria Japonica, although it is often incorrectly termed as a cedar.

The early part of the hike has some interesting historical features while walking along the old railway line that was built 100 years ago to transport lumber down to Anbo. The line is still in use and occasionally a train passes by. The railway line passes the abandoned logging village of Kosugidani. Very little remains of this village that was abandoned in 1972, almost as soon as the logging industry had stopped in this region of the island.
Wilson Stump is one of the highlights of this tour. This enormous stump is the remains of a tree probably cut down in the 1580’s under the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After more than 400 years of very wet conditions, the stump still remains intact and it is so large that visitors can walk around inside the tree.

Your adventure awaits!

Go! Yakushima

Go! Yakushima aims to offer exciting and informative tours around Yakushima. The tours will leave the visitor with a very good understanding of why Yakushima is a unique island and why it deservedly holds a World Heritage status.

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