Shiratani Unsuikyo – Short Tour

If you pick up a book about Yakushima and it’s filled with moss-green forests, then the chances are you are looking at Shiratani Unsuikyo.

Shiratani Unsuikyo is relatively easy to access and therefore it is a popular, but its popularity is well-merited.  Due to its ease of access, some visitors consider “going-it-alone” at Shirtani Unsuikyo, but by doing so then SO MUCH is missed.  Consider Shiratani Unsuikyo as a “must do with YES guide” and leave the forest feeling inspired rather than just ticking it off a list.

If you only have an hour or so then this tour would head straight up to see Yayoi sugi – a 3,000 year old sugi nestled on the hillside – and through some very scenic forest along a paved route.  A longer walk would also include the moss forest further up the valley.

Shiratani Unsuikyo

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A short tour of 4 hours can also include the ‘Moss Forest’ which is often unofficially referred to as the ‘Mononoke Hime Forest.’ As the unofficial name implies, this location is connected with the Ghibli Studio animation Princess Mononoke.

Much of this tour uses the old Kusukawa forestry trail that was used by the loggers to bring down roof tiles that were cut and processed next to the felled tree.  The tour follows the Kusukawa Trail and goes passed a number of interesting sugi trees including Kuguri sugi and Nanahon sugi.

Heavy rain can force the Shiratani Unsuikyo forest to be closed due to some dangerous river crossings, but we are often able to take alternative courses that can avoid these dangerous river crossings. 

Level 2/5  |  Distance: 1 – 5km | Time 1 – 4 hours | Altitude 600 ~ 800m

Tour fee

1person: 28,000円 (private tour option + 10,000円)

2  people: 30,000円 (private tour option + 8,000円)

3 people: 36,000円 (private tour option + 3,000円)

4 or more: 10,000円 per person

Included in the guide rate: lunch bento | transportation

Visitors entering the Shiratani Unsuikyo forest aged 15 years or over are requested to pay a 500 yen National Park entry fee.  Please make this payment at the National Park entrance on the day of the tour.

Private tour option : there are occasions during high season periods when we have a high demand for tours and we are required to combine guests onto the same tour. If you wish to guarantee a private tour then please state this on the tour booking form.

BOOK THIS TOUR and/or ask YES for more details.

Please check the YES hiking gear recommendations.  If you do not have the correct gear and don`t wish to carry heavy hiking boots on an international flight then YES can arrange hiking gear rental on Yakushima.

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