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How to Hike in Yakushima



9. July. 2018

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Yakushima, one of Japan’s southernmost islands, is best known for its lush greenery and intense mountain climbing. Hiking is the main activity on the island and every year thousands of tourists, both Japanese and foreigners, hike through the island’s mountains. Hikes range from short walks to days-long journeys, all traversing unadulterated terrain. Be sure to keep in mind these tips to create a safe experience for visitors and to protect Yakushima’s precious landscape.


  • Equipment and weather
  • Food and the importance of breaks
  • Is a tour guide necessary?
  • Buses
  • Environmental impact
  • Don’t forget a map!

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