Yakushima - Shiratani Unsuikyo Forest Tour
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Trip at a Glance
Yakushima, Kagoshima, Japan
Adventure, Hiking Trekking
From: ¥14,000 JPY per person
Departure Day(s) and Time(s)
Departure time depends on your hotel location
Bento Lunch / Transportation / Insurance
Hiking gear rental can be arranged as can accommodation and transportation to Yakushima.
- The hike goes through some of the best 'moss' scenery on the island.
- There are some big trees along this route including Nidai Osugi, Bugyo sugi and the photogenic Sanbonashi sugi (3 legged sugi) .
- Climb up to Taiko Iwa and on a clear day it has to be one of the highlights of the day.
- Yakushima an inspiration for the animation Mononoke Hime (created by Miyazaki Hayao and the Ghibli Studio).
If you pick up a book about Yakushima and it’s filled with moss-green forests, then the chances are you are looking at Shiratani Unsuikyo. This forest is a nature photographers paradise. The best time to visit is either during a light rainfall or just after a rainfall when the mosses are at their best.
The full day Shiratani Unsuikyo hike usually goes through the ‘genseirin’ as this route produces some of the best scenery. There are also some big trees along this route including Nidai Osugi, Bugyo sugi and the photogenic Sanbonashi sugi (3 legged sugi) The genseirin route also has probably the best moss area within the Shiratani Unsuikyo forest.
Your adventure awaits!
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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