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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, Yakushima-cho

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A luscious forest with a network of trails suitable for all abilities, Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley remains accessible yet wild and remote in spirit, containing the majority of the island's ancient cedar trees. Uncover the magical sight of "Moss Forest," where everything is touched by an emerald green hue. Paths are clearly marked in English and numerous trails offer hikes that take between 30 minutes and 5 hours. Wear appropriate footwear, and keep in mind that the trails here vary from ancient paths of the Edo Period, to the paved walkways of the 21st century. Use our Yakushima-cho online attractions planner to arrange your visit to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and other attractions in Yakushima-cho.
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  • My visit to this place was on Day 2 of staying in Yakushima Island. Unbelievable adventure. While the hike itself steep at times, it was worth it!! Steve from YES tours did an awesome job and will... 
    My visit to this place was on Day 2 of staying in Yakushima Island. Unbelievable adventure. While the hike itself steep at times, it was worth it!! Steve from YES tours did an awesome job and will...  more »
  • It takes about 5 hours to finish the trip, but it is totally worthy. There are rivers, forest, green moss, lovely trees on the way, love it! 
    It takes about 5 hours to finish the trip, but it is totally worthy. There are rivers, forest, green moss, lovely trees on the way, love it!  more »
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  • Despite beautiful place, It's a hard trecking into the jungle. You hike the most of the time going up. Bathroom is available at the entrance of the treck and another 5 km ahead. There is no beverage machine. At the first bridge you need to choose between two trails, the one crossing the bridge you have more chance to see monkeys.
  • Once in a lifetime hike. Ghibli fan or not, if you’re visiting Yakushima you must visit here and at least see the Taiko Iwa / Drum Rock. The path to the Rock is fairly straightforward and clearly marked. The descent from the rock down is steep so I would recommend bringing a hiking pole if you have one. If you fancy a longer, more challenging route, definitely consider heading to one of the other alternatives as well as fitting in the Drum Rock. On a good day, you’ll find deer running around the moss covered forests - truly magical. Purchasing tickets at Shiratani gives you ¥200 off the entry tickets to Yakusugi Land - so definitely consider taking advantage of that if you will be in Yakushima long enough. Piece of advice regarding food - you can’t eat/drink in the moss forest area or the Rock, so consider taking a break at the rest spot 20 minutes before Drum Rock to refresh.

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