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. 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 a flavour of things to come as you pass by Buddha sugi (@1800 years old). Within 30 minutes you 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 you are usually alone most of the time. There are some wonderful trees along this route. After a 2 hour walk you arrive at Yamato sugi – just in the UNESCO boundary area. Yamato sugi (@3000 – 3500 years old) sits in a quiet valley and taking lunch here is recommended.
Heading back to Yakusugi Land you continue on the circuit loop to the exit.
Yakusugi Land is a good area to walk around in the rain as the river crossings are much safer than Shiratani Unsuikyo.
Level 3/5 | Distance: 10km | Time 6 – 7 hours | Altitude 1000 ～1200m
Guide Rate (per person)
1 person: 30,000円 | 2 people: 16,000円 | 3 people: 14,000円 | 4 or more: 12,500円
Included in the guide rate： lunch bento | transportation
Excluded from the guide rate : 500 yen per adult National Park entry