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Shiratani-Unsuikyo private trekking tour, the mossy wonderland

2016.05.10

Introduction

■What is Yakushima?
Yakushima... An island of moss green, a botanical treasury plenty of forests from ancient times, showered forever by the southern heaven, where the islanders live along the vivid cycle of four seasons more intimately than elsewhere in Japan...

This island is not entitled the World Natural Heritage by UNESCO for no reason.
So, we are here to help you know and experience what Yakushima is about!

Enjoy Yakushima field tour with our licensed local guide!

■Breathe in the relaxing forest of moss green!
For most Japanese tourists, this course is popular because its moss green forest depicts the world of Hayao Miyazaki’s famous animation film "Princess Mononoke".
Doesn’t matter whether you’ve seen the film or not, it is a nice trekking course to experience Yakushima’s forest, and there you can imagine why this island inspired the renowned animation creator who is fond of natural world.

The tour varies in 3 courses.

For an easy trekking, we walk about 3 hours in the forest, and then we take you to sightseeing for the rest of the tour day (check also Sightseeing).

If you choose a whole day trekking, we climb up the hill, and at last, get up on Taiko-Iwa Rock, from which you can see the magnificent view of the wide deep green valley and the highest peaks of Yakushima. However, how much view you can enjoy depends on the weather. Sometimes, you just stand on the rock amidst the cloud, seeing nothing but white mist.

On the way back, usually we take the same route (about 6 hours in total), or if you enjoy the forest longer, we can make a detour on a different route which is less crowded with tourists and more relaxing (7 hours at most).

■Do you prefer to prepare your meal for the tour on your own?
If "NO", the lunch (also morning for some tour) we offer is Japanese style "Bento" (lunch box) like in the picture gallery: 1. Rice Balls 2. Cooked Burdock 3. Fried Chicken 4. Fried Fish Ball 5. Mackerel 6. Rolled Omellets

Requirements:
- Trekking shoes
- Rainwear (a set of jacket and pants, no matter what the weather cast says)
- Backpack (enough size to carry what you want/need to take with you)
- Trekking poles (optional)
*Above listed gears are available in Yakushima to rent

- Snack (or any portable food to charge your energy)
- Self-confidence (both physical and mental)

■Price per person
1 person: 33,400 Yen
2 persons: 23,400 Yen
3 persons: 17,800 Yen
4 persons: 15,000 Yen

Tour Detail

Tour Style
- This is a private guided tour.
- Program is offered in English.

Meeting Place: Pick-up to your accommodation located between Isso and Kurio area.
*Please let us know in the case your accommodation is located in Nagata area.
Tour Level
★★★☆☆
Group Size
Min. 1 person
Duration
3 to 7 hours (depending on how far and long you would like to explore.)
Destination

Tour Itinerary
Meeting time:
Onoaida area: 7:30AM
Anbo area: 8:00AM
Miyanoura (Port) area: 8:30AM
*The exact meeting time will follow after your booking.
What's Included
- Pick-up (Between Isso and Kurio)
- The entry fee 300 Yen for each required in order to support the maintenance cost of the national park,
- Lunch
- Insurance
What's not Included
- Beverage
Tour Tips
Booking process
1. Please contact us for availability through ‘BOOK IT’ button below.
2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 2 business day.
3. Payment request will be sent via Paypal.

4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

Payment

- Fees shall be paid through credit card/Paypal. You do not need to have a paypal account to pay with your credit card.

Cancellation Policy

- If the tour is cancelled due to the weather condition, no cancellation fee will be charged.
Also, if the weather doesn’t allow your requested tour though you are already in Yakushima, our guides will propose another activity to make up your stay here.
- Otherwise, cancellation within 7 days of the reserved tour date will be charged the full amount of the tour price.
In short, please be as nice as possible not to cancel after your tour date is confirmed.
*Time is in JST.

Conditions

- Please advise us if there are any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or any case where special care is needed when you ask us for availability.

- Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but we cannot make absolute guarantees! Changes to the itinerary will normally be made to introduce an improvement. Weather conditions, road and transport conditions, and the health of walkers can all contribute to changes. The guide will ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!