Yakushima forest and mountain hike
The Tachudake course is a combination of a Yakushima forest and mountain hike. If you only have a day to hike on the island and wish to experience the great variation of Yakushima's environment then this trek is as good as any.
The hike begins in the Yakusugi Land forest and we meander around many rivers and streams, passing some giant sugi trees as well large hemlock and fir trees. There are a few suspension bridge crossings and during rainstorms the rivers make for exciting viewing. This area also has quite a bit of history attached to it and remainders of this history lie all over the forest floor.
Leaving the Yakusugi Land trail, we begin to climb up towards Tachudake. The vegetation changes as we begin to enter the alpine regions: most notably the rhododendrons appear.
Upon the summit of Tachudake is the remarkable (and mysterious) Tenchu Rock. This is a 40 mt slab of granite sitting upon the very top. On windy days it can often provide a good shelter. Views from the top are worth the climb!
Pick up depends upon the location of your hotel.
07:30 Enter the Yakusugi Land forest.
09:00 Begin ascent of Mt Tachu.
11:30 Reach the summit of Mt Tachu and have lunch.
12:30 Begin descent.
16:30 Exit Yakusugi Land.
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 30 min.
As there are no dangerous river crossings then the Mt Tachu hike is often a good alternative during rainfalls.
Up to 2 guests - Nissan Roox
Between 3 to 6 guests - Nissan Serena (7 passenger capacity)