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Yakushima - Janokuchi Waterfall

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Go! Yakushima

  • Locations

    Yakushima, Kagoshima, Japan

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    From: ¥14,000 JPY per person
  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Avg Distance

    6 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Departure time depends on your hotel location

  • Starting Location


  • Price Includes

    Bento Lunch / Transportation / Insurance

  • Notes

    Other short course hikes include Shiratani Unsuikyo and Yakusugi Land. I can arrange hiking gear rental as well as good accommodation and transportation to Yakushima.


  • Take a hike through a sub-tropical forest in the lowland of Yakushima.
  • The Janokuchi Waterfall hike in the summer is a great place for a picnic.
  • This is not a technical hike nor is it physically demanding, but it does require guests to climb over rocks in the river.


Trip Info

The hike to Janokuchi Waterfall is one of the short course hikes that can be done in half a day. The walk through the forest rarely turns into a climb, but there are a number of twists and turns that make this route an adventure. Along the way there is an old charcoal-making oven. Charcoal-making used to be an essential part of life on the island as it was the most reliable fuel source.

You are never too far away from water during this hiking tour and higher up there are a few river crossings. Gradually the sound of water intensifies so that you instinctively know that a waterfall is nearby. However, it is not until you poke your head out through some bush near the water’s edge that you finally see this Eden-like waterfall scene – a huge wall of granite with a number of streams of water flowing down.

The pool water below Janokuchi is deep and there are lots of big rocks to sit around the pool. It makes a great place for a picnic.

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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