Nepal Tourism Information:
The Yakushima Adventure is a fully guided, Level 5 tour suitable for reasonably fit people who can walk comfortably for 5-6 hours a day. The routes are on well-defined mountain and forest trails, but will include a few lengthy ascents and descents. Walking poles are recommended. Read more on Tour levels below.
A 4 day, 3 night tour starting and finishing in Kagoshima. Accommodation will be in Japanese hotels and Onsen hot spring resorts. The maximum group size for this tour is 12 persons.
This short-stay, fully-guided tour accesses some of Japan’s most dramatic scenery, where we walk through ancient, sub-tropical rainforests and also experience the best of local food and onsen thermal hot spring baths along the way. The giant cedar trees and remarkable natural stone formations of Yakushima, an island off the southern tip of Kyushu, are the highlights of this tour. Also, we are almost guaranteed close encounters with the resident small deer and monkeys of this remarkable place, one of Japan’s few genuine wilderness areas. So spectacular and significant is the environment of Yakushima that it has UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The tour starts at Kagoshima station, with an afternoon tour of the city and visit to nearby volcanic Sakurajima for those arriving in time. We will learn how the relative independence of southern Kyushu’s ruling families in Edo-period Japan enabled the early establishment of links with the West, starting a tradition of international exchange that remains strong today. Journeying (take the ferry?) on to Sakura-jima, an volcano that is persistently active with smoke and ash billowing from its crater on an almost daily basis. An eruption here in 1914 marked the biggest in recent Japanese history and the massive lava flows connected what was once an island to the mainland.
Days 2 and 3 will be spent exploring the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site of Yakushima Island. Upon arrival, we head for Shiratani Unsuiko, an impressive area of ancient cedar trees and fast flowing streams, taking an little used route through the area enables us to spend some time wandering amongst, around and in some cases underneath these venerable and giant forest inhabitants.The following day, weather permitting, we will ascend Kuromidake, a peak of 1,831m (6,007ft) offering fabulous views over a canopy of granite monoliths and ancient, virgin forest, before making the return journey to Kagoshima for our final night together. The next day, early morning Shinkansen Bullet trains allow for an easy journey to Fukuoka in time for international flights.