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Shiratani Cloud Water Valley

Address: Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho 891-4200, Kagoshima Prefecture
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

It near not far from bus station. Just 3-4 hours is sufficient to see moss covered forest where Mononoke hime is hidden. I did 3 days Yakushima traverse from south. So it is near to end but it was worth to taking another ascend abandoning boring rail road walking.

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Tokyo
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Although we found the Yakusugi Land trail more beautiful, we found this to be the perfect trail to do on our first day, upon flying in from Tokyo. You can enjoy lots of beautiful moss-covered sights. including the one that served as the inspiration for the setting of Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke. At the head of the trail there is a... More 

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Blue Mountains, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

With Steve from Y.E.S. Yakushima explaining the ecology and the complexity of this wonderful place it really increased my appreciation of this walk through the ancient trees and moss. Bring good wet weather gear.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Shiratani Unsuikyo is one of the most beautiful places on this earth. All the pictures you see are a great representation of what you get. Once you are there though, the air is super fresh and the atmosphere is serene. If you go to Yakushima and don't go here.. what are you doing with your life?

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Evanston, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is simply the most beautiful place I have ever been. I spent all day hiking here and I loved every second of it.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It is one of the most beautiful places in Japan and in the world. So worth the going there. The hike itself is not hard. It is long because you do not want to leave, and you you want keep staying in this magic green world full of old trees, small rivers, stones, all covered by moss. I would recommend... More 

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Tokyo
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52 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This area was actually my highlight of Yakushima- despite visiting Jomonsugi. Quite easy trekking. Saw a lot of deer/monkeys/nature. I did make a friend with a leech along the way, so be sure to take preventative measures-long socks, etc. Wouldn't mind spending more time here in the future!

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Long Island NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The short hike is a piece of cake. For the longer ones you will want proper footwear and in my case a hiking stick. We borrowed one from our lodge, but I think you can rent on the island as well. They have cut the trails in the interest of preserving the natural beauty of the forest. This can make... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We hiked to the Jomon sugi via Shiratani Unsuikyo/Kusugawa trail. If you can only have one day for hiking and wanna see them all (Jomon sugi and the moss forest), this is the best way but it need a longer time and stamina than the normal Arakawa trail. The moss forest is so awesome it's worth the pain for me.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The hike is about 5 hours, and there can be quite a bit of up and down in some places. I'm in pretty good shape cardio wise, butmy thigh muscles were pretty sore the next day. Just take your time and be sure to stretch! Its a wonderful hike through a fantasy forest, and I definitely felt the Mononoke vibe... More 

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