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Shiratani Cloud Water Valley

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Address: Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho 891-4200, Kagoshima Prefecture

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Magical inspiration of Ghibli

This was the BEST part of our entire trip to Japan! It was absolutely stunning and unreal walking through such an ancient forest where everything is covered in moss. It was one of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This was the BEST part of our entire trip to Japan! It was absolutely stunning and unreal walking through such an ancient forest where everything is covered in moss. It was one of nature's most beautiful places I've ever seen. We did a 9 hour hike through the forest. The trails are well marked and not too challenging with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Even in the pouring rain this place is stunning. If anything the rain and mist add to the atmosphere. I kept imagining that ferries and mythical creatures were going to pop out from behind every other moss-covered rock or ancient tree trunk. I recommend hiking up to the rock for the view.

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Hveragerdi, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

It takes about 5-6 hours hike to walk all the trails in this forest. Unless you stop in an amaze at every interesting point, be it a tree, river, or rock, then it can take twice as long. I enjoy every moment there, the forest is magnificent, trees are amazing, and the trails well maintained. Very rewarding although quite easy... More 

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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I've been at many forest in my life, this is definitely one of the most particular ones i've ever seen. The feeling by walking in this forest is very strange, in one hand you have so much vegetation life and in the other you have so few animal life, you can walk by hours without hearing a bird, a frog... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

A Mystical and enchanted forest, highly recommended! It really looks like something out of a children fairy tale. You might be able to catch some tree elves given the proper misty weather!

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This hike is not difficult. We were able to take our time to enjoy breathtaking scenery in the ceddar forest. Enjoy also refreshing air and great mineral water in the forest. The ceddar trees and moss are stunning. Must spend a day here if you visit Yakshima.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I absolutley loved hiking in Shiratani! The hike was not difficult at all, which is nice for amateurs like me. The paths were well signaled and there are 4 different routes to choose from, based on how much time you have. We ended up combining them and doing all of it in around 6 hours. If you don't have any... More 

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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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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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Address: Address: Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho 891-4200, Kagoshima Prefecture
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kyushu-Okinawa  >  Kagoshima Prefecture  >  Yakushima  >  Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho

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