Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho

A luscious forest with a network of trails suitable for all abilities, Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley remains accessible yet wild and remote in spirit, containing the majority of the island's ancient cedar trees. Uncover the magical sight of "Moss Forest," where everything is touched by an emerald green hue. Paths are clearly marked in English and numerous trails offer hikes that take between 30 minutes and 5 hours. Wear appropriate footwear, and keep in mind that the trails here vary from ancient paths of the Edo Period, to the paved walkways of the 21st century. Use our Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho online attractions planner to arrange your visit to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and other attractions in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.
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  • 2 nights three days ya HISA travel day, guide with day after day Jomon sugi round trip and sights of sea turtles laying eggs in the morning I to was taken, was about 3 hours trekking. 'Lighter' is to say, on the way the trees roots everywhere is better singletrack, so was normal trekking shoes and other equipment. July was the head, along the river's course so relatively cool.
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  • After a spell when you are thirsty Moss, and rained. It is safe to go equipped with a climbing Mountain shoes of course.
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  • We spent a very wet (typical) day hiking the trails at Shiratani. They were all very well maintained and not too difficult (for the average "in shape" and "flexible" young adult), but we were glad to ...  more »

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Where to stay in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho

Popular among Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho offers a variety of places to stay, ranging from budget lodgings to exclusive hotels. Dozens of hotels are equally distributed along the southern, eastern, and northern shores of the island, with a few deluxe options overlooking Tanegashima Straits. Camping is forbidden, but backpackers can find several small huts free of charge along the island's trails. Otherwise, you can stay in budget-oriented dormitories and private rooms on the island. You can also rent a self-catering cottage, ideal for a budget family stay.
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