Yakushima, Hiking on the Summits

Climb the mysterious island and admire its fauna, flora and thousand-year-old trees.

Japan's first UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yakushima, an island in southern Kyushu which belongs to Kagoshima Prefecture, is one of the first Japanese sites to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The reason for this is its wild, sub-tropical vegetation, which attracts many hikers and nature lovers. 

The Yakusugi cedars

At 1,936 metres, it is the highest point in southern Japan and has a range of climates that allow alpine and sub-tropical plants to thrive, including many endemic species. The most emblematic are perhaps the "Yakusugi", imposing thousand-year-old conifers that can be found at high altitude. To ensure the preservation of its ecosystems, the central part of the island has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, in addition to the national park. 

A hike in the incredible nature of Yakushima with a local English speaking guide

Accompanied by Maxime, depending on your wishes and your walking profile (weather conditions permitting), you will discover the island through a day of mountain climbing, on less travelled routes. Elevation gain: 600 to 1,000 metres Walking time: 8 to 10 hours

Practical information

To confirm a booking, the name and age of each participant, any special dietary requirements or intolerances, and any specific health concerns must be provided.

The customer should bring the following:

waterproof clothing, walking shoes, a 500 ml water bottle (to be filled on site).

Each participant must be able to provide proof of travel insurance including cover for mountain walking activities, including search and rescue.

Starting from the primary forest, then passing threw the tree-line to access rocky peaks with views on the tops of the island and ocean, between the clouds.

Activity time: 7am-5pm approx.

Pick-up at hotel at 7AM.

Altitude: between 1000 and 1700m.

Driving time to walking start: 1h to 2h depending on pick-up place.

Included in the offer:

- private guiding

- transportation from hotel (area between Miyanoura and Onoaida) or other meeting point.

- lunch set (local bento).

Not included:

- entrance fees for the nature park (JPY500/pers.) or voluntary donation for hiking in the UNESCO-listed area (JPY1000/pers. recommended).

All equipment (shoes, waterproof clothing etc.) can be hired on the island in a shop and booked by your guide. Some hotels may also provide this service.

Cancellation policy:

Up to 7 days before: 0%

Between 7 days before and 5:00 p.m. the previous day: 50%

After 5:00 p.m. the previous day and same day: 100%


Yakushima, Hiking on the Summits

$263 per group

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