Kuromi Dake

Although the Kuromi Dake tour (黒味岳) is suitable for beginners, the guests should be in good health and fitness as it is an 8 hour walk on uneven ground with one or two steep sections.  There are also a few short ropes to ascend / decend near the top of Kuromi Dake.  This is a great hiking day into the central highlands of Yakushima.

The highlights of this trek include the marsh areas of Hananoego (花之江河)and Kohananoego(小花之江河).  Also , from Kohananoego there is a great view of Kobandake (高盤岳).  Kobandake is often referred to as Tofu Rock – huge slabs of granite sit upon the summit of the mountain, arranged as though the rock had been sliced by the gods.  Rather than tofu, it actually looks more like a loaf of sliced bread.

The early stages of the trail go through some wonderful forest at the higher end of the temperate zone.  A good selection of weather-worn sugi and colorful stewartia.  While the latter stages of the trail enter the sub-alpine zone with many examples of the Yakushima rhododendron.  In fact, there is a good variation of flora throughout the day.  In June the walk in the highland can be spectacular as the rhododendron are in bloom and late summer is also a good time to visit this area as some of the delicate alpine plants make an appearance.

The Yododgawa is a beautiful scene on a still day as the river becomes a mirror reflecting the canopy.  The serenity around the river is to savored and the water around this area is particularly delicious.

From the top of Kuromidake there is a 360° view as you stand near the center of the island at 1831 meters.  The highest mountains on the island stand right in front of you, but there are also distant views of Aikodake, Tachudake and Kurio Village down by the coast.   On clear days then to the west of Yakushima is a good view of the volcanic island of Kuchinoerabujima (口永良部島) .

Level 3/5  |  Distance: 10km | Time 7 – 8 hours | Altitude 1370 ~1831m

Guide Rate (per person)

1person: 33,000円  |  2 people: 17,000円  |  3 people: 15,000円 4 or more: 13,500円

Included in the guide rate: lunch bento |  transportation

A 1,000 yen per adult Environment Maintenance donation is not included in the tour fee.

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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