Yakushima, Forest Walk

Yakushima outdoor activity with a local guide, wood craftsman and tree hugger.

The setting for Hayao Miyazaki's film, Princess Mononoke

Hayao Miyazaki and his film "Princess Mononoke", with fans all over the world, are well known. The film's setting is inspired by the Yakushima forest. This is no coincidence, as the Yakushima forest is one of the oldest subtropical forests in the world, and its huge moss-covered trees provide the perfect setting for a representation of nature, and the presence of animal gods, large and small. 

The Yakusugi cedars

At 1,936 metres, it is the highest point in southern Japan and has a range of climates that allow alpine and sub-tropical plants to thrive, including many endemic species. The most emblematic are perhaps the "Yakusugi", imposing thousand-year-old conifers that can be found at high altitude. To ensure the preservation of its ecosystems, the central part of the island has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, in addition to the national park. 

A hike in the incredible nature of Yakushima with a local guide

Accompanied by Maxime, depending on your wishes and your walking profile (weather conditions permitting). You will explore the island during a day's walk in the forest and discover its ecosystems in the landscaped parks. 

Deep into to the unique forest of Yakushima, enjoy a journey to feel and understand more how our surroundings were originally formed, changed and may be preserved for the future.


Practical information

To confirm a booking, the name and age of each participant, any special dietary requirements or intolerances, and any specific health concerns must be provided.

.Pick-up at hotel at 8AM.

Altitude: between 800 and 1200m.

Driving time to walking start: 0h30 to 1h30 depending on pick-up place.

For later pick-up or pick-up at airport/ferry-port, please consult.

The customer should bring the following:

waterproof clothing, walking shoes, a 500 ml water bottle (to be filled on site).

All equipment (shoes, waterproof clothing etc.) can be hired on the island and booked by your guide. Each participant must be able to provide proof of travel insurance including cover for mountain walking activities, including search and rescue.

Included in the offer:

- private guiding

- transportation from hotel (area between Miyanoura and Onoaida) or other meeting point.

- lunch set (local bento).

Not included:

- entrance fees for the nature park (JPY500/pers.) or voluntary donation for hiking in the UNESCO

-listed area (JPY1000/pers. recommended).

All equipment (shoes, waterproof clothing etc.)can be hired on the island in a shop and booked by your guide. Some hotels may also provide this service.

Cancellation policy:

Up to 7 days before: 0%

Between 7 days before and 5:00 p.m. the previous day: 50%

After 5:00 p.m. the previous day and same day: 100%


Yakushima, Forest Walk

$237 per group

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  • Duration : 8 hour
  • Location : Yakushima
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