Wilson’s Stump

Jomon 3This hike takes in a few areas of interest: Shiratani Unsuikyo, the old railway line that connected the logging village of Kosugidani to the coastal village of Anbo and the final destination – Wilson's Stump – the remains of a huge sugi tree felled over 400 years ago.

Ernest Henry Wilson 05The route of this trek follows much of that taken by the famous English botanist Ernest Henry Wilson in February 1914.  After his 10 day visit to Yakushima that began his three year project in Japan & Taiwan, Wilson brought the island to recognition in the West as a particularly special place for plant-life when he toured and lectured North America until his death in 1930.

Shiratani WilsonAlthough  Wilson's journey into the forests 100 year ago began at the coast along the Kusugawa Trail, a few hours are saved by joining the trail at Shiratani Unsuikyo.  The Kusugawa Trail is an old logging trail that was used by the wood-cutters working in the sugi roof-tile trade.  The Shiratrani Unsuikyo forest is a particularly beautiful woodland that lends itself very well to good photography.  The trail continues up to a pass before descending for an hour through a really tranquil area (probably the quietest area throughout the entire hike) with some amazing boulders.  Eventually the trail joins the railway line along the Arakawa Trail.  This line was built just over 90 years ago to transport the lumber down to Anbo.  It is still in use although the lumber industry in this area ceased in 1970.

Wilson StumpAt the end of the railway line hikers begin walking along the Okabu Trail and within 30 minutes arrive to Wilson's Stump.  This stump is the remains of the tallest sugi to have existed in the forests of Yakushima (approximately 44 meters).  It was felled in the 1580's possibly by order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi.  Records indicate that a large tree was shipped from the island, but there are no records of which tree it was.  Wilson took a number of photographs of this stump and the surrounding area and only recently were these photographs recovered in the Harvard University archive (USA).  So large is this stump that visitors can walk around inside it – although it can get busy inside during the peak season.

After lunch, the tour returns along the same route and there may be time to climb up to Taiko Iwa and enjoy the view looking out over to the central mountains. 

There are many water access points along this route.

Level 3/5  |  Distance: 16km | Time 9-10 hours | Altitude 600 ~1100m

Guide Rate (per person)

  1  person: 33,000円  | 2  people: 17,000円  | 3 people: 15,000円  | 4 or more: 13,000円

Included in the guide rate: lunch bento | transportation

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Wilson`s Stump is also included on the Jomon Sugi 2 Day / 1 Night Tour

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation charge will be waivered only if adverse weather prevents the guest from arriving to Yakushima, or adverse weather forces us to cancel the tour.  Under all other circumstances if a the guest cancels a tour then cancellation charges apply.

Cancellation Charges

7 days in advance Free
64 days in advance 30
3 – 2 days in advance 50
1 day or on the day 100