Go! Yakushima

Shiratani Unsuikyo – Short Tour

Shiratani UnsuikyoIf you pick up a book about Yakushima and it’s filled with moss-green forests, then the chances are you are looking at Shiratani Unsuikyo.

If you only have an hour or so then this tour would head straight up to see Yayoi sugi – a 3,000 year old sugi nestled on the hillside – and through some very scenic forest along a paved route.  A longer walk would also include the moss forest further up the valley.

Much of this tour uses the old Kusukawa forestry trail that was used by the loggers to bring down roof tiles that were cut and processed next to the felled tree.  The tour follows the Kusukawa Trail and goes passed a number of interesting sugi trees including Kuguri sugi and Nanahon sugi.

Shiratani UnsuikyoOn a short tour of 4 hours there you will get to see plenty of moss. 

Heavy rain can affect a tour of Shiratani Unsuikyo forest due to some dangerous river crossings.  In this event we would likely move to the trek to the Yakusugi Land area as the river crossings there are much safer.

There are many water access points along this hike.

Level 2/5  |  Distance: 1 – 4km | Time 1 – 4 hours | Altitude 600 ~800m

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

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