Yakushima moss forest hike
Scenes from the Shiratani Unsuikyo area are often presented as the quintessential 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 one of Yakushima's more accessible hiking areas. On a short hike you will be lucky to have the forest to yourself, but on a longer hike through the 'genseirin' forest then tranquility is possible.
The full day Shiratani Unsuikyo hike does go through the 'genseirin' and this route produces some of the best scenery on this hike. There are also some big trees along this route including Nidai sugi, Bugyo sugi and Sanbonashi sugi (3 legged sugi) The genseirin route also has probably the best moss area within the Shiratani Unsuikyo forest.
For those that have the time and energy then a short climb to Taiko Iwa, a promontory overlooking the central mountains and the island's interior, is worth the hike.
The itinerary is based upon how long the guest wishes to hike in the forest as there are numerous options. Below is an 8 hour hiking option.
Pick up depends upon the location of your hotel.
08:00 Enter the Shiratani Unsuikyo area.
Walk the Kusugawa Trail to Taiko Iwa.
12:00 Lunch (provided)
Walk the 'genseirin' forest route.
16:00 Exit Shiratani Unsuikyo
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Guest's hotel (within the Miyanoura - Onoaida area)
End location: Guest's hotel (within the Miyanoura - Onoaida area)
Duration: 8 hours
A full day hike will be 8 hours, but this hike can be shortened should the guest request a shorter hike. The shortest recommended hike would be 2 hours.
Up to 2 guests: Nissan Roox
More than 2 guests: Nissan Serena (passenger capacity 7 guests)