Respect the mountains climbing advice and rules


Take all trash with you


You should not leave anything in the mountains. Nothing. Take all rubbish with you and dispose of it properly - the right bags and on the right day. You absolutely must do this.


Do not leave the mountain trails


It is easy to get lost in the mountains in Yakushima so please keep to the designated trails. Another reason to do this is to avoid damaging plants and disturbing wildlife.


Keep the water clean


Please do not pollute our beautiful mountain water. This is particularly important around toilet and cooking areas in the mountains. Use only designated facilities, and don’t wash your dishes in the water. You should wipe them with tissues and bring the plates and tissues back with you. 


No fires


You should never, ever, light a fire in the mountains. Just don’t. They are illegal, antisocial, dangerous, dirty and can spread rapidly with disastrous consequences. 


Your pets should stay at home


Please don’t take your pets into the mountains. They can really upset the wildlife and damage the precious ecosystem.


Check mountain trails in advance


The mountain trail may be rough or unusable, so be sure check in advance. You can contact the association beforehand. (what association - can you provide a link and phone number here)


Take the right equipment

Even if the weather is good on the coast, the weather in the mountains can change rapidly and rain gear is a necessity. Even in the Jomon cedar at an altitude of about 1300m, the temperature difference from the coast is close to 10 ℃. If you are going to be climbing a lot, or trail running, you should plan ahead and make sure you have equipment to keep you warm and dry. This applies in summer and is particularly important in winter. 


Staying in mountain huts

You should only stay overnight in a mountain hut. If they are full, you cannot camp nearby. All the huts in Yakushima are unmanned. Water and toilets are nearby and you should use these. You should bring food, flashlights, sleeping bags etc


Submit climbing notice

When climbing, be sure to submit a climbing notice. Climbing notices include the Yakushima Police Station, Yakushima Town Hall, police boxes, the airport, tourist information centres, the World Natural Heritage Centre, the Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Village Centre, and each mountain climbing entrance (Arakawa, Yodogawa, Shiratani Unsuikyo) ). Or you can leave them with your accommodation host.

Shiratani Taikoiwa rock

Janokuchi waterfalls


This course is relatively low in climbing difficulty, aiming at Janokuchi Falls. Although it may be described as a hiking course, it is a mountain trail, so you need to have the same equipment as other courses.

Courses include the transition of vegetation from subtropical sunflower vegetation zone to warm zone vegetation and cedar broad leaf forest, and the change of geology from mud stone to sandstone and granite with eyes and feet. You can enjoy all season without snow even in winter, but please be careful of heavy rain because the crossing point at the branch point will not be able to cross if the water increases.

Miyanoura peak and Kuromi peak

Tachu peak


Tachudake is entered from a serpent cedar (falling tree) on the 150-minute course of Yakusugi Land. Through beautiful forests, such as the Obanayama Forest and the Astronomical Forest, walk up the steep ridge and follow the ridge to reach the summit. At the top of the 1,497m peak, there is a natural stone object (stone sculpture) with a 40m high triangular pyramid on a pedestal, which is more suitable for aesthetics than natural beauty. If the weather is fine, you can overlook the Anbo village, and in June the Yakushima Rhododendron will bloom near the summit.

Jomon cedar


This course aims at Jomon cedar, which is said to be 2,170 to 7,200 years old. Jomon cedar is the symbol of Yakushima as the largest Yaku cedar ever identified. Walk about 7 km from the Arakawa Trail head and climb about 3 km. On the way, besides Jomon cedar, Yaku cedar such as Wilson stump, Daio cedar, and couple cedar are seen. Jomon cedar is visited by 80,000 people a year (almost all japanese), but it is a mountain climb, so let's climb with firm equipment.

Yakushima Tourism Information

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, by phone or by email (available in English, French and Chinese)

Yakushima Tourism Association 
187-1 Anbo, Yakushima Town, Kumage gun,

Kagoshima Prefecture 891-4311
TEL: 0997-46-2333

Mail : info@yakukan.jp

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