Aikodake Tour

Aikodake (愛子岳)was originally called Arai San (荒井山), but was later re-named after an unfortunate young girl was married to someone she didn’t love.  During the Aikodake Tour guests will hear the rest of the story going up the mountain! 

Aikodake has the pyramid shape of an Alpine mountain and going from 180m to 1235m in less than 4 hours then it may feel as though you are actually going up an Alpine mountain!  This Aikodake Tour is for those in good health and fitness.  The knees take a bit of a pounding on the way down so you may wish to consider taking a trekking pole to take some weight off your knees during the descent. 

Aikodake

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Most of the ascent is up a forested ridge and all but the last hour of the climb is under the shade of the trees.  Although there are no large sugi on Aikodake, the forests in this area of the island do have their own unique features.  The last hour of the ascent during the Aikodake Tour is spent climbing the rock face of the summit.  To add to the excitement, there are a few ropes to climb near the top.  Upper body strength and a bit of courage would be required to negotiate these ropes. 

From the summit of 1235 meters there is a perfect 360 degree panorama (on a clear day!).  Over in the distance are the central mountains and on the opposite side is the long island of Tanegashima. You can sit and eat lunch while watching the midday planes coming and going down at the Yakushima Airport. Upon the summit is also a small shrine (hokara) reminding us that this mountain is one of the many pilgrim mountains for the local inhabitants.

 

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