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 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. Gradually the vegetation changes as we begin to enter the alpine regions: most notably the rhododendrons appear. Near the top we walk along a ridge where evidence of the winds battering the trees is clearly visible. Upon the summit of Tachudake is the remarkable (and spiritual) Tenchu Rock. This is a 40 meter granite monolith sitting upon the very top. On windy days it can often provide a good shelter. From the top we can see as far as Tanegashima. Nearer to us are Aikodake, Anbo and the Arakawa Dam.
There are a few water points along this route so filling up is possible. The top of Tachudake is exposed to the sun and a hat is essential. It can also be windy on the ridge and summit so bring something warm to wear as we shall have lunch at the top.
Level 3/5 | Distance: 10km | Time 8 hours | Altitude 1000 ～1497m
Guide Rate (per person)
１person: 34,000円 | 2 people: 17,500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 fee