Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
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KatC
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
absolutely so beautiful it was intense. We went with a guide which I recommend unless you are very experienced hiker. IF you do not drive in, in private car it can be hard to get here, pending the special bus.

There is a nominal entry fee to the national park, and stay ON the trail. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been (I have been to 37 countries).

Sunny but also rain... it rains alot and often on Yakushima, but this never deterred us.
Written August 25, 2023
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BuccaneerDave
Nanaimo, Canada6,656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The trees are fantastic. Old and majestic. But it's the moss that will stay with you when you return home and think of Yakushima.

Went on a day tour with Steve of Yes Yakushima and his expert knowledge of the valley and it's ecosystem made a walk in the park so much more. Highly recommend him to you.
Written April 4, 2020
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tim r
Worcester136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It's popular, and busy, so get there early, but it is really beautiful. We had a rare sunny day, but it would be great in the rain as well. Paths are a bit challenging ( more so in the rain I imagine) but well sign-posted. You can go pretty much as far as you like - you get a map when you buy your ticket. I walked to Drum Rock - what a view! The cedars are fascinating, but actually it's the setting and the ancient path which stand out
Written October 16, 2023
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LaTinoco
California241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This is a must-see if you visit Yakushima. Yes, it is gorgeous beyond anything you can imagine. There are so many shades of green, it feels surreal. I was giddy just breathing the mountain air. Yes, it is serene and mystical and you feel like you are walking through the Princess Mononoke movie. But I would also like to point out that hiking through this place was also FUN.

This hike was a blast. We hiked through the Genserin forest, passed the Shiratani Cabin and went all the way up to Taikoiwa Rock and then returned on the Kusugawa Trail back to the entrance. At no point were we bored. At no point did it feel redundant. Nothing is flat so you are constantly watching your feet, maneuvering through tree roots and cool wooden planks, which made the hike technical and exciting. We were stopping every 15 yards to take pictures because every scene deserved a photo shoot.

Technicalities - the time limits it gives you on the map are generous. We did the whole thing in about 3-4 hours and that includes stopping like crazy to take pictures. We stayed in Anbo and rented a car. Public transportation is limited and relying on it can rush an otherwise amazing hike.

I was worried about getting lost, but those pink ribbons are all over the place, and trails are well-marked. The numbers on the map are actually signed posted on the trail so when you pass a 7, you know that you're at 7. Just have a map with you, look for the pink and you'll be fine. I printed a map from home and brought it with me.

Physical Fitness - it'll be more enjoyable if you're active, but we saw some overweight hikers tear it up on the Genserin trail, so you be the judge. The hike up to Taiko Iwa rock was STEEP, but short. The view from atop there was awesome and totally worth the detour. The wind was so strong it literally snatched my husband's glasses from his shirt and donated them to the mountain. You can see Tachu Dake in the distance. We were fortunate to get two sunny days in May and emerging from the thick forest to see the Shirantani Valley was unbelievably cool.

We went after Golden Week in May and there weren't too many hikers. Most of them were of an older (yet very strong!) demographic. Everyone was happy to be there and happy to see fellow hikers. Loved this. Wish I lived there. I'd be hiking this every day!

OH! For anxious people like myself - I was worried about those massive hornets and snakes - but they said the hornets and snakes hang out closer to the ocean. And it's very rare that someone is attacked by them.

All in all - a mystical and magnificent hike!
Written August 12, 2017
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Deb B
Fremantle, Australia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
...but don't wait too long as yes,you need to be reasonably fit and sure on your feet. Hire a guide and also hiking boots. Then enjoy this pristine natural wonder without worrying about whether you are on the right track. I went with YES Yakushima and my guide Brian was catlike in his walking style and very reassuring. I simply put my feet wherever he put his! Just two of us with Brian, so very personalized. Managed to do the whole hike though legs a bit wobbly at the end. A real feeling of having accomplished and seen something special in this world.
Written December 31, 2016
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Wonkat
Stratford City, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
A beautiful place with clear trails marked with pink ribbons. The shortest trail around the sugi trees is very easy and stable because it’s mostly wooden platforms. However the other trails should be taken with care as it can get slippery even when it’s foggy. The streams can also swell after rain which means you may not be able to cross.
Entry to the valley is ¥500 per adult. Also access to the valley can be done easily by bus from the port. Bus times are written in English too.
Overall, you should go! Every corner you turn is a new sight that takes your breath away. It was worth the journey to get here.
Written March 30, 2018
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itaifrenkel
Tel Aviv15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
We arrived around 1300 to the island, got a car, settled in and did the short (red) Shiratani track. This forest is so amazing. The trees grow on top of older tree stumps. Everything is green. You can hear water trickle and the river. The next day we went up again and did a 5 hour track (yellow). It was even more amazing (The river crossing, and finding the "mother tree" which "gave birth" to the entire forest). We met two locals that were raised there and they were just hanging out by the river. I guess that's what the brochure meant, you become part of nature. It never grows old.

Two points, check the weather and ask the hotel if the track is open. Check the bus timetables or if you are driving check sunset time. Make sure you have at least 30 minutes of light left for driving down the narrow mountain road.
Written October 20, 2016
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Wanno
Melbourne386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Couples
We did the 3km or up to point 15 track, it poured parts of the way but was absolutely worth it. The Princess Mononoke area was unbelievably beautiful as was the rest of the walk. Be SUPER well prepared with rain gear. You will even need waterproof pants.
Written February 11, 2012
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mtm
Hong Kong, China67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
I think this is the hike for you if hiking 10 hours to see jomun sugil is a bit extreme (there, I said it!) and you are not necessarily looking to summit Mt Miyanoura. I did the 3 hour loop to get to Taikowa rock and the views from there are just to die for. I should have done the longer route that takes 4 hours because if you are relying on the limited pick up times for the public bus (one comes at 1:45pm and the next and last leaves after 4) you will have some time to kill. I didn’t need a jacket the whole time I was hiking but it was when I was waiting for the bus that I really regret not having one. It might be sunny and gorgeous down in Anbo, but once you get to the start of Sherina it is overcast, wet and windy. So be warned!

Such a great trek with amazing greenery and a reward at the top.
Written October 10, 2019
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JtSingapore
Singapore15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
My family of four rarely hike living in a city state and this was our first major hike while on vacation and it was breathtaking.

We did all 3 courses in about 6 hours - and even in the rain - it was still so beautiful and worthwhile. Rain gear is essential as well as a change a clothes, socks and shoes later plus a towel as we were still wet after.

My 16 and 11 year olds managed to last the hike without going to the loo and even tho the last one hour of the hike felt particularly long and our legs ached after - I would still highly encourage anyone healthy to attempt all 3 courses as they are all very different in terrain and views. A hiking stick can be helpful as it’s steep at parts and there r lotsa puddles in the rain.

Disposable toilet bags can be bought at the entrance at 500 yen for one and 700 for 2. We bought them just in case cos of the kids but it’s now a souvenir.

There r designated places for eating which remain so clean.

When we went in the last week of June, there were not many hikers so we felt we had most of the forest to ourselves - magical. And the animals - dear, monkeys r so at ease with humans around.

I don’t think we can ever beat this hiking experience.

Oh yes - it helps to drive cos the buses r infrequent n when it is rainy, the entrance does not have big shelters so it’s great to jump into the car, be able to change and head back to lodging for a nice warm shower and drink.
Written June 27, 2019
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