Mt Miyanoura 1935m

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ALPINE TRAVERSE – PREMIUM (includes Shirataniunsuikyou)

  • JPY60,000 (single booking)
  • JPY40,000 (per person for 2 clients)
  • JPY35,000 (per person for 3 clients)
  • JPY30,000 (per person for groups of 4 or more)

This option is the best way to pack in lots of Yakushima goodies in two days.  Please check below for full Premium Alpine Traverse details.

ALPINE TRAVERSE – STANDARD

  • JPY55,000 (single booking)
  • JPY37,000 (per person for 2 clients)
  • JPY30,000 (per person for 3 clients
  • JPY25,000 (per person for groups of 4 or more)

MT MIYANOURA `OUT & BACK` OVERNIGHT

  • JPY55,000 (single booking)
  • JPY37,000 (per person for 2 clients)
  • JPY30,000 (per person for 3 clients)
  • JPY25,000 (per person for groups of 4 or more)

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This option returns on the same trail so only takes in part of the traverse.  It is easier than the Alpine Traverse, so gives the less robust opportunity to see the highest peak.  This option is also good for those with tight travel schedules.  Please contact us for further details.

OVERNIGHT GEAR LIST  2 DAYS

  • 2 Litres water capacity
  • Solid hiking shoes/boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hiking Pack ~ 55 litres
  • Sunglasses & Sunhat
  • Gloves and Warm Hat
  • Warm base layers (long pants and long sleeve shirt)
  • Down Jacket or Soft Shell
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sandals or flip-flops (for the hut)
  • Extra snacks for the trail
  • Head-light
  • Ear plugs!
  • Moderate/Difficult (Alpine, Mountain Trail & Steep Ascent)

Alpine Path

ALPINE TRAVERSE DETAILS:

This hike takes you to the highest point in Yakushima, and in fact in all of Kyushu.  At 1936m, Mt Miyanoura is a fantastic 2 day hike which includes an overnight stay in one of the mountain huts.  

This hike can be done in either direction depending on weather conditions.  We will pick the best day for summiting Miyanouradake.

The interior mountains that are home to the Okudake range or `far mountains` are an ancient place with very special spiritual energy.  For many centuries local Yakushima people have made the pilgrimage into these mountains to pay respect to the mountain gods.  Many small shrines are placed within the caves and crevasses of the interior mountains so prayers and offerings can be made.

Yakushima Okudake Shrine

The central mountain god or deity is commonly named Ippon Hoju Daigongen.  This deity is recognized as the most important god for Yakushima, and the annual Takemairi (or pilgrimmage routes) in spring and autumn are made to pay respect and encourage good fortune for crops, fishing and safety for the islanders.  This ritual goes back 1,000 years, and the main Miyanoura Village shrine has been recognized in a document dated in the Heian era.

Above 1800m

Due to the height of Mt Miyanoura, and it`s location above the tree-line in the alpine environment of the Okudake ranges, it is important not to under-estimate this hike.  This is made abundantly clear (albeit it kanji) with the memorial stone located on the path in the alpine area that recognizes those lost to the mountain in the past.

While the coast can be well into the 30`s celcius (90-100 fahrenheit) the top of the island can be a totally different temperature and the extra layers are often needed.

The converse of this is that if the weather is clear and there is no wind, the tops can be very hot, and there is little shade above tree-line.

Alpine Memorial

DAY ONE  (PREMIUM & STANDARD COURSES)

The hike itself starts at around 1300m, and is set in the lush forest for the first few hours.  As we make our way higher and higher, the forest starts to break up and more open views of the alpine area become visible.

Mt Kohban-dake `Tofu Rock`

We pass a through the Hananoego wetlands which are home to a local frog Rana tagoi, or ‘Tago`s Brown Frog`, and is in fact a significant wetland with ecological importance.  This wetland is also a crossroads of sorts, and from here the track branches out to several different hikes.

Hananoego Wetlands

The Mt Miyanoura branch takes us towards the north and the main Okudake mountain tops.  We pass  There are hundreds of incredible granite rock formations throughout this area, and some of these formations resemble people, animals and objects.  Everyone who hikes this area has their own favourite rock formation, and the energy here is quite special. Kuromidake (which is an optional summit) and onto Kuriodake and Miyanouradake.

 

Once we reach the summit of Miyanouradake, we can sit and enjoy the vistas while eating a yummy lunch we have prepared for you.  From there we head down towards the forests again where we hike amongst rocks and amazing trees that have been battered by hundreds of years of storms.  Once we reach the hut (about 2-3 hours from the summit) we can relax and enjoy the benefit of a solid roof and meet other hikers (who are generally Japanese).

Dinnertime!

DAY TWO  

The 2nd day has two options: PREMIUM & STANDARD.  The PREMIUM Option goes through Shirataniunsuikyou from the Tramline, the STANDARD Option follows the Arakawa Tramline to the end.

We start our day with a good breakfast and tea or coffee made by your guide.  This helps get us moving as we descend down towards Jomon Sugi an hour and a half away.  We reach the beautiful old tree early in the day while it is still quiet and peaceful before the day hikers arrive.

Jomon Sugi

Jomon Sugi is revered not just for being the oldest known Yakusugi in the world, but that it is considered very `genki’ or `lively` for its age.

From Jomon Sugi we head down through the lush forest, past a number of other trees of interest, including Yakusugi.  There are a number of great places to sit and have lunch while taking in the breath-taking environment, and we can often be joined by local deer, who are quite fascinated by hikers.  Wilson`s Stump is a highlight for many people, and this amazing relic can hold 20 people inside!  There is also a small shrine inside this stump.

After lunch we hike down to the Okabu Trail Entrance where we hike on part of the Arakawa Tramway.

Curious Yakushika

For the PREMIUM OPTION we hike for about an hour and a half on the tram trail before heading up towards Shirataniunsuikyo .  From the tram trail it is uphill for an hour or so on a solid rock step trail to the Tsuji Pass and Taikoiwa Rock.

Tsuji Pass & Taikoiwa Rock Entrance

From here we are on the last leg of the 2 day hike, as we descend through the Kusugawa Trail towards the entrance of Shirataniunsuikyo.  This last 2km is through lush forest and crosses a clear mountain stream, while the very last 300m includes some fantastic waterfalls and river rock formations.

The STANDARD OPTION continues along the Arakawa Tram line all the way to the Arakawa Tozan Trailhead.  It passes through the old Kosugidani Town, though completely abandoned and now devoid of all buildings, the terraced areas where houses once sat are clear to see.  There is an information board here with a number of black and white photos from when the town was a bustling forest industry centre.  The last hour has multiple viewpoints and bridges, a gentle finish to your Traverse!  

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Final Stage