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Yakushima - Jomon Sugi Forest HIke

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Yakushima, Kagoshima, Japan

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    $160 USD 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

    Breakfast & Lunch Bento; Transportation (excluding the obligatory return bus to the Arakawa Trail entry - 1740 yen) Insurance

  • 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. This last person to leave this village was in 1972 and very quickly the forest has reclaimed the area.
  • 16km of this hike are along a railway line constructed in 1923. 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.

Although not technically challenging, the hike to Jomon sugi is a long day starting early in the morning. 10 hours is about the average time to complete this hike, but up to 13 hours are required when taking into consideration transportation to and from the trail head.

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