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

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Simply breathtaking!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, 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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Tokyo
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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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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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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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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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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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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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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