Shiratani-unsuikyō-tozanguchi Hike

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in Yakushima

Although the long day trek to Jōmon-sugi is the most famous in Yakushima, the shorter Shiratani-unsuikyō hike is arguably more beautiful, passing waterfalls, moss-lined rocks and towering yakusugi to the overlook at Taiko-iwa. The trailhead (622m) is served by up to 10 daily buses to and from Miyanoura (¥550, 40 minutes, March to November). Allow three or four hours for this hike.

The ¥300 entrance fee goes towards trail maintenance and gets you a walking map.