OVERNIGHT HIKES

ALPINE & MOUNTAIN FOREST OVERNIGHT HIKING TOURS

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THERE ARE VARIOUS OVERNIGHT HIKING OPTIONS THAT RANGE FROM MODERATE TO DIFFICULT AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AN OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE PLEASE CONTACT US…

 

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OVERNIGHT HIKING OPTIONS


 

ALPINE EXPERIENCE     

This hike is around 17-20 hours of hiking over two days.  A strong fitness level is required.  The EXPERIENCE goes through Shirataniunsuikyou as part of the trail.   Both days are approximately 9-10 hours on the trail.   

ALPINE MOUNTAIN TRAIL – STEEP ASCENT & DESCENT 

  • ¥90 000       private solo guide
  • ¥50 000       per person for 2 clients
  • ¥42 000       per person for 3 clients
  • ¥37 000       per person for 4 or more

 

ALPINE TRAVERSE   

This hike is around 13-15 hours of hiking over two days.  A good level of fitness is required.  The Miyanouradake summiting day is the harder of the two days at 9-10 hours.  The forest day is around 5-6 hours and a much easier day.      

ALPINE MOUNTAIN TRAIL – STEEP ASCENT & DESCENT  

  • ¥75 000       private solo guide
  • ¥42 000       per person for 2 clients
  • ¥35 000       per person for 3 clients
  • ¥28 000       per person for 4 or more

 

MIYANOURADAKE

This hike is an out and back hike, returning on the same trail.  The beauty of this is that we can choose either the first or second day to summit Miyanouradake.  A good level of fitness is required. 

ALPINE MOUNTAIN TRAIL – MODERATE ASCENT & DESCENT  

  • ¥70 000       private solo guide
  • ¥40 000       per person for 2 clients
  • ¥32 000       per person for 3 clients
  • ¥25 000       per person for 4 or more

 

JOMONSUGI  

This hike is an out and back trail and great option for those with a more limited hiking experience who still want to enjoy an overnight Yakushima experience in the mountains.  About 6-7 hours hiking time each day, moderate level of fitness required.   

FOREST MOUNTAIN TRAIL – MODERATE ASCENT & DESCENT       

  • ¥70 000       private solo guide
  • ¥40 000       per person for 2 clients
  • ¥32 000       per person for 3 clients
  • ¥25 000       per person for 4 or more

 

 

OVERNIGHT GEAR LIST 

  • HIKING PACK ~ 55 LITRES (MINIMUM)
  • SOLID HIKING BOOTS
  • WATERPROOF JACKET
  • WATERPROOF TROUSERS
  • WOOL/SYNTHETIC BASE LAYERS
  • MOUNTAIN GLOVES & WOOL HAT
  • DOWN JACKET OR SOFT-SHELL
  • HEAD-LIGHT
  • AIR MAT
  • SLEEPING BAG
  • EAR PLUGS
  • SANDALS (FOR THE HUT)
  • 2 LITRES WATER CAPACITY (MINIMUM)
  • SNACKS FOR THE TRAIL
  • SUNGLASSES & SUNHAT

PLEASE TAKE CARE TO BRING EVERYTHING AS SPECIFIED.  IF YOU ARE UNSURE PLEASE CONTACT US SO WE CAN REITERATE ANY SAFTEY GEAR YOU MAY BE UNSURE OF.  YAKUSHIMA IS A TRUE ALPINE ISLAND.

 

Alpine Path

 

ALL OF OUR OVERNIGHT ALPINE TOURS INCLUDE PICK UP AND DROP OFF FROM YOUR ACCOMMODATION.  

IF YOU NEED TO BE DROPPED OFF AT ONE OF YAKUSHIMA`S PORTS OR AIRPORT, WE CAN DESIGN THE ITINERARY TO SUIT.

ALL OF OUR OVERNIGHT ALPINE TOURS INCLUDE 4 MEALS FOR THE TRAIL: LUNCH, DINNER, BREAKFAST & LUNCH AGAIN.  

IF YOU NEED TO RENT MOUNTAIN GEAR IN YAKUSHIMA WE CAN ARRANGE THAT TO BE PICKED UP & DELIVERED TO YOU PRIOR TO THE TOUR. 

 

ALPINE EXPERIENCE & ALPINE TRAVERSE DETAILS

ThE ALPINE hikes will take 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.  

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.

 

THE HIKE DIRECTION IS DECIDED DEPENDING ON WEATHER

 

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 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.

 

 

ALPINE TEMPERATURES ARE 12-15 DEGREES COLDER THAN THE COAST                    

TAKE EXTRA LAYERS!

 

Alpine Memorial

 

DAY ONE   ALPINE EXPERIENCE & ALPINE TRAVERSE

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.

 

 

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  EXPERIENCE via Shirataniunsuikyou  TRAVERSE via Arakawa

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 ALPINE EXPERIENCE we hike for about an hour and a half on the mountain railway before heading up towards SHIRATANIUNSUIKYOU.  From the railway 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 ALPINE TRAVERSE continues along the Arakawa railway 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 Alpine Traverse!  


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