The Ryujin sugi course is for guests who wish to visit a quiet forest and would also like a challenging trek. The highlight of the trek is when we reach the area of the 'three gods' at the top of the valley. It is a magical area and spending an hour to look around the area is recommended.
Along the way there are some beautiful moss areas and scenes very similar to those found at Shiratani (but without the crowds!). If photography is a hobby then this course provides many opportunities for good photos.
The course is suitable for guests in good health and for those not afraid to cross a river over stones. The climb is steep in places.
The course begins near Miyanoura and the first kilometre is an easy walk along a forestry road. Although you will be constantly climbing throughout the course, the first half of the climb is not steep. The walk also uses a disused railway line for a while as this area was forested up until 1970.
The second half of the climb is steeper, but once you step into the 'three gods' area then you soon forget the hard climb. There are a few large sugi in this area, but the 3 large trees are easily visible: Raijin sugi, Fujin sugi & Ryujin sugi. Raijin sugi is coming to the end of its life and walking underneath the tree is a great experience. Ryujin sugi is actually not that old compared to some other cryptomeria on Yakushima. Estimates age the tree between 1,000 -1,500 years old. However, looking at its size you would think it was older. The good news is that Ryujin sugi is a very healthy tree and it appears to have hundreds, perhaps thousands of years ahead of it.
The Ryujin sugi course is dangerous during heavy rain as the rivers become impossible to cross.
There are many places to re-fill the water bottle along this trail.
Level 4/5 | Distance: 10km | Time 7-8 hours | Altitude 180 ～1300m
Guide Rate (per person)
１person: 20,000円 | 2 people: 13,000円 | 3 people: 12,500円 | 4 or more: 11,000円
Included in the guide rate： lunch bento | transportation
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|7 days in advance||Free|
|6ー4 days in advance||30％|
|3 – 2 days in advance||50％|
|1 day or on the day||100％|