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I did this as a full one day hike whilst staying at Anbo. Get an early start; you'd want to be up... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2016
DGNichols
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Melbourne, Australia
Great hike - beautiful scenery.

We spend about 8 hours on the trails. Nothing to challenging, except a few boulders where you... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2015
HP_Hoorn
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

I did this as a full one day hike whilst staying at Anbo.
Get an early start; you'd want to be up and on the road by sunrise at the latest.
I hired a guide (Jen from Yakushima Life) at 16,000yen. When you consider buses are sporadic at best, and taxis will drop you off (and pick up!) at the hike entrance at 7,000yen each way, this was an excellent value proposition. Breakfast, lunch and a knowledgeable and engaging guide as well.
Whilst the trek was long, it was not necessarily treacherous. I was fortunate to have clear skies almost all morning, so avoided having to scramble about on wet rocks.
You'll need proper gear (waterproof pants and jacket, good shoes) as the weather can change quickly and sometimes harshly. Ketitai toilets are a must. The water on the mountain is fresh and potable, so you needn't take a huge water bottle, as streams are fairly common and can be replenished.
A return day hike would reasonably take 8-10 hours without pushing yourself. You should have a degree of fitness, as there are some steep incline and short rope climbs involved.

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Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

It is more than possible to do this walk in three days arriving to the island on the ferry (12.30 pm) catch a bus to shirtani, immediately get walking, get to the Takatsuka hut just before sunset, then summit miyanoura the next day with another overnight in the Yodogawa hut before getting going the next morning and catching two rather expensive buses to ferry port to board the 13:30 return to Kagoshima. For a more detailed description of how we got on, please look at my technical post on hemiexplorers Wordpress blog.

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Reviewed 21 August 2015

We spend about 8 hours on the trails. Nothing to challenging, except a few boulders where you needed ropes to get on top, and great scenery all the way.
We did see a family with small kids ( around 10) make it to the top as well.
You do need to plan your transportation well as buses are limited.

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Reviewed 22 June 2015

This was the best hike we had among the Nakayama Senkyo, Mt. Kuju, Mt. Aso and Mt. Miyanouradake treks we did in Kunisaki and Yakishima. The locals say it rains 366 days a year in Yakishima; however, we were blessed to have one rare day of sunshine, and it was tremendous: beautiful landscape (forest, marsh, big rocks, streams and tall trees), wild monkeys and deer roaming around, and overseeing ocean and a remote island from the top. We did the day trek, left the trail head at 7 AM, same way up and same way back down, about 5 miles in 9 hours; some areas requiring ropes and chains, lots of steps and big stones, but good footing. We saw a couple dozens of hikers all day; and a good portion of them doing the overnight trip staying at a mountain hut near the peak (no service), and going down the other way. Again, be sure to bring your full rain gears! Also, one cannot leave anything behind, including personal waste; so carry the green-bag to bring it back down the mountain.

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Reviewed 17 April 2015

Well worth the effort we were extremely lucky to have mostly fine weather and stunning views which included Tanegashima. The marsh area is reminiscent of the walls of Jerusalem walk in Tasmania. Simply beautiful and atmospheric with swirling mists. We've done a reasonable amount of walking but the progress on this walk was slower than I've experienced. You had to carefully consider every step - lots of rock hopping, walking down granite boulders, tree roots etc. The second day out after the hut walking past jomonsgi is much easier. Be warned you need an early start. We started 8am and got to the hut at 6pm. Everyone went to sleep by 7pm and woke about 5am or earlier. Totally different to Australia.

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