Miyanoura Dake

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The Miyanouradake day-return tour is a long day`s hiking tour into the central highlands of Yakushima. It requires an early start and the early morning departure is usually around sunrise. Although is a long and taxing hike, it does come with numerous rewards as you are taken through the land of the gods to the highest peak in southern Japan.

The tour begins at the Yodogawa Mountain Entry and day-return hikers should pay a 1,000 yen environment donation at the mountain entry booth.

The Yodogawa Trail is a steady ascent into the sub-alpine region of Yakushima. The trail begins surrounded by some of the main temperate forest species and by mid-morning we are beyond the tree line and into mountain shrubs and dwarf species. Only the hardiest of vegetation survive in this region.

After about 1 hour the Yodogawa Mountain Hut offers a location to stock up on delicious stream water. There is also a toilet. The Yodo River is just beyond the hut and it is always a tranquil scene. A further 90 minute walk brings you out at a higher elevation where there is a look-out point to view Kuromidake (1,831m). Descending a little further brings you out at the Kohana no Ego marsh. A beautiful water-logged area with excellent views of Kobandake and the amazing granite formation on a clear day. The next landmark is the larger marshland known as Hana no Ego (花之江河). It is very important when passing through the two marshlands to stay upon the boardwalk as there are rare endemic species in these regions.

Hana no Ego is a crossroads in the mountains as a number of trails converge at the marshland (Kurio Trail, Yudomari Trail, Ishitzuka Trail and Yodogawa Trail. It is a common location to take a rest.

Ascending up to the Nageishi Plateau (投石平) requires some rope-climbing, but this section can be accomplished even by beginners. The Nageishi Plateau is also a good place to rest.

The final few hours of the ascent are over the highland region and the highest peaks are set out in a row on the right of the trail (Nageishidake 1,830m), Anbodake (1,847m), Okinadake (1,860m) and Kuriodake (1,867m). There are an amazing assortment of granite rock formations which give the impression that you have arrived in the land of the gods.

The gradual slope to Miyanouradake (1,935m) seems to go on forever as Miyanouradake is a rotund mountain and viewing the very summit as you ascend it is not possible. On any given day there are usually a few hikers eating their lunch upon the top. The summit is exposed, although there are a few places to take shelter out of the wind.

The peak of Miyanouradake gives a wonderful 360 panorama (on a clear day) and there are superb views of Nagatadake and sometimes Kuchinoerabujima in the distance.

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Around the summit of Miyanouradake are some pilgrim destinations and the YES guide can give guests an insight into this important annual (sometimes bi-annual) ritual that is carried out to this day on Yakushima.

The second half of the day is the same route, but in reverse and having ascended the mountain by midday then the return journey is always more relaxed.

Level 5/5  |  Distance: 16km | Time 10 – 11 hours | Altitude 1370 ~1936m

Guide Rate (per person)

1person: 44,000円  |  2 people: 22,500円  |  3 people: 18,000円 4 or more: 16,000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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YES also offer a 2 day / 1 night tour to Miyanouradake & Jomon Sugi Tour 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 advanceFree
6ー4 days in advance30%
3 – 2 days in advance50%
1 day or on the day 100%