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Yakushima - Shiratani Unsuikyo Forest Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Yakushima, Kagoshima, Japan

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    $130 USD per person
  • Duration

    8 hours

  • Avg Distance


  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Departure time depends on your hotel location

  • Starting Location


  • Price Includes

    Bento Lunch; Transportation; Insurance

  • Notes

    Hiking gear rental can be arranged as can accommodation and transportation to Yakushima.


  • The full day Shiratani Unsuikyo hike goes through the 'genseirin' primeval forest and this route produces some of the best 'moss' scenery on this hike.
  • There are also 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 as the views over to the central mountains are great. Miyanouradake stands before you and there are also good views of the Arakawa Valley and Tachudake over in the distance.
  • Visit the 'Mononoke Hime Forest' scene. Yakushima was the inspiration behind the animation Mononoke Hime (an animation created by Miyazaki Hayao and the Ghibli Studio).


Trip Info

Shiratani Unsuikyo is presented as everyones image of Yakushima. 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.
Shiratani Unsuikyo is relatively easy to access and therefore it is popular. However, on a full day hike you can go deep enough into the ‘genseirin’ area to have the forest to yourself.

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