DAY 3 Yakushima Forest Trekking
Total walking distance: approx. 8 km, 7 - 8 hours
After breakfast, you guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to embark on one of Yakushima's more secret courses and take you deep into temperate forest to see a grand old tree - Yamatosugi. At 35 meters tall and between 3000 - 4000 years old, Yamatosugi is well worth the hike.
The Yamatosugi Trail is a stunning hike for plant lovers. This deep forest hike often has no-one else on the trail, and the valley systems keep large areas of moss damp and incredibly green.
Immersed in lush vegetation with equally beautiful views, absorb the sights, sounds, and fragrances of nature. The island’s enormous ancient cedar trees, often covered in green moss, create a unique sense of mystery and wonder.
The trail starts at Yakusugiland which is on Yakushima's highest mountain road. From the start there are many awesome large tree varieties such as Stuartia, Yamaguru, Japanese Hemlock, Japanese Fir, Hinoki Cypress, Akagashi Oak, Black Pine and of course the famous Japanese Sugi which make the entire course truly enjoyable.
Two-thirds of the way through the hike you enter into the World Heritage Area. This designation was given to Yakushima in December 1993, with the 20th anniversary recently celebrated. This designation is important to Japan as Yakushima was the first UNESCO World Heritage Park based on ecological significance. While it is actually impossible to distinguish between forest that is UNESCO and National Park, it is always nice to pass the signpost announcing the World Heritage Area. After hiking further into the UNESCO area you finally come to the Yamatosugi signpost.
Accompanied by a local guide, the morning will be spent visiting the Anbo River for a few hours of river kayaking. The tranquility of this calm river make it safe, even for absolute beginners. Enjoy the beautiful vistas of the island from the river and keep an eye out for monkeys on the shore, as well as turtles swimming in the river.
Further Options – Explore the Seas of Yakushima
Not only a paradise for mountain and forest adventures, Yakushima is also the ideal place for marine activities; depending on the season, a wide range of marine activities such as sea kayaking, fishing, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving can be arranged.
Note: Expert hikers can request a more challenging track at no additional charge.
Return to your accommodation and enjoy fine dining experience at Sankara Hotel and Spa.
Sankara Hotel & Spa
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner