Yaku-shima Traverse

  • Mt. Miyanoura-dake - © Flickr user: Indrik Myneur
  • Deer on the Yaku-shima traverse - © Flickr user: Indrik Myneur
  • Forest on the Yaku-shima traverse - © Flickr user: Indrik Myneur
  • Miyanoura-dake - © Flickr user: zeltblohm
  • On the way to Miyanoura-dake - © Flickr user: Indrik Myneur
  • Yakushima traverse - © Flickr user: Indrik Myneur
  • Yakushima traverse - © Flickr user: Indrik Myneur
  • Yakushima traverse - © Flickr user: Indrik Myneur

Key information: Yaku-shima Traverse

    • The Yaku-shima traverse is probably the best (and best-known) hike on Yaku-shima. Hike hut to hut through forests of huge cedars on this small volcanic island off the south-western coast of Kyusku, crossing all its highest peaks.
      • Exceptional rugged landscape, and unusual and unsullied vegetation and wildlife.
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Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating81
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating81
  • Note: Neg: likely bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 39km (3 days) - but your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 1935m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Yakushima traverse - © Flickr user: Indrik Myneur

WALK SUMMARY

Yaku-shima is a thrillingly different place, a volcanic island 25km-ish across and some 60km off the south-west mainland. Yaku-shima is fascinating naturally, a recently-emerged mass of mainly volcanic and heavily eroded mountains with remarkable stone formations. It is home to ancient, sub-tropical rainforests including giant cedar trees and is one of Japan's few genuine wilderness areas. It has unusual and very varied plant and animal life, special wildlife includes small deer and monkeys.

The 3 day Yaku-shima traverse is probably the best (and best-known) hike on Yaku-shima, of which there are variants. Hike hut to hut through forests of huge cedars on this small (25km diameter) volcanic island off the south-western coast of Kyusku, crossing all its highest peaks, including Miyanoura-dake and Jomon-sugi-dake .

Exceptional rugged landscape, vegetation and wildlife.

Best months: May to October inclusive. (Summer typhoons can happen!)

Demanding walking in remote hills with frequent bad weather. Come fully prepared. A section in Lonely Planet's Trekking in Japan and a chapter in the charming if now quite old Trekking in Japan: an Adventurer's Guide to the Mountain Trails by Paul Hunt.

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Forest on the Yaku-shima traverse - © Flickr user: Indrik Myneur

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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