Yodogawa Trail to Miyanouradake

The Yodogawa Trail is usually accessed from Anbo. It is a 50 minute drive to the Yodogawa Mountain Entry. Day-return hikers should pay a 1,000 yen environment donation at the mountain entry and hikers staying in the mountains overnight are asked to contribute 2,000 yen.

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 midday the hiker should be beyond the tree line and into mountain shrubs and dwarf species.

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.

About 20 minutes beyond Hana no Ego is the Kuromidake junction. Heading straight on continues to Miyanouradake and turning left takes you to the summit of Kuromidake (about 45 minute ascent). There are a few rope climbing areas to tackle when ascending Kuromidake. The view of Hana no Ego is good when on the mountain the view from the summit of Kuromidake is excellent (on a clear day). This mountain is almost in the very center of Yakushima and sometimes the ocean can be viewed in every direction.

Only the uber-fit would attempt to ascend both Kuromidake and Miyanouradake in a day-return hike. For those heading on to Miyanouradake then go past the Kuromidake junction to the Nageishi Plateau (投石平) which requires some rope-climbing to ascend. The Nageishi Plateau is also a good place to rest. By this stage the trees have turned to shrubs and only the hardiest of vegetation survive in this region.

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.

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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.

For those on a day-return hike to Miyanouradake then the second half of the day is the same way, but in reverse. For those staying in the mountains then the two options beyond Miyanouradake are either to go to the Nagatadake Trail (永田) or to head down the Okabo Trail (大株) towards Jomon Sugi (縄文杉).

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