Yakushima forest hike with large cedar trees.
While Jomon sugi may be the tree that eveyone wants to see, there are other cryptomeria trees that may not be as old, but are just as impressive and you can usually be alone with them as you sit and have lunch under its canopy. Yamato sugi is one such tree. Anyone wishing to experience the 'real' Yakushima forest should consider booking this tour.
The hike begins from Yakusugi Land and it offers us a flavour of things to come as we pass by Buddha sugi (@1800 years old). Within 30 minutes we leave the established Yakusugi Land trail and enter the 'real' forest walking along the less established Ishizuka Trail. This trail is rarely walked by trekkers and so we are usually alone most of the time. There are some wonderful trees along this route and one tree that will particularly surprise you! After a 2 hour walk we arrive at Yamato sugi - just in the UNESCO boundary area. Yamato sugi (@3000 years old) sits in a quiet valley and taking lunch here is recommended.
The itinerary is based upon how long the guest wishes to hike in the forest as there are numerous options. Below is an 9 hour hiking option.
Pick up depends upon the location of your hotel.
08:00 Enter the Yakusugi Land area.
Walk the Ishizuka Trail to Yamato sugi.
12:00 Lunch (provided)
Walk back to Yakussugi Land forest and complete the circuit route.
17:00 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
In high winds or heavy rain this tour will be cancelled. In the event of a cancellation then I shall recommend an alternative hike unless the weather is too severe.
Up to 2 guests - Nissan Roox
3 guests to 7 guests - Nissan Serena (7 passenger capacity)