(宮之浦岳) Mt. Miyanoura Hike


Oh, I've been eyeing this hike for the longest time. Logistics is a major pain, and getting there really is... a major pain haha. I do hope I get to do this though.

Budget: JPY11,800 (~USD112) from Kagoshima
  • JPY7,800. Ferry, Kagoshima Port to Yakushima (JPY3,900 one way)
  • JPY4,000. Bus Pass, Yakushima.
  • +Train to Kagoshima Port
  • +Accommodations in Yakushima.
Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 1,936m / 6,352ft)
  • 2020
  • Difficulty: 4 out of 5 
  • Route below is around 21.8 kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲2,540m/ ▽1,917m
  • Map Link

When to Go
Based on this blog, it gets a lot of snow in winter and is therefore not advisable to hike outside of the late March-late November window.

Sample winter hike.

Special Notes
  • Trailheads. All accessible via the bus system of Yakushima. Updated bus schedule and fares here.
    • Note: There are two companies running buses, which is why there are 2 pdfs you'll see. The first one has more stops though, and has a bus pass of JPY2,000 yen for a day, and JPY3,000 yen for 3 days. Buses only run from March 1 to November 30, though winter hike blogs I see say they took a taxi.
      • Bus stop 29. Shiratani (白谷雲水峡登山口).
      • Bus stop 1: Nagata (永田歩道登山口).
      • Bus stop 72. Kigen-sugi (紀元杉), also known as Yodogawa (淀川)
      • Bus stop 70. Arakawa (荒川登山口).
  • Access.
    • Kagoshima Port to Yakushima - Minoura Port and Anbo Port.
      • Different companies, prices and time, summarized in table below. Company websites are as follows: Jet Foil (reservations possible), Ferry Yakushima2, and Hibiscus. The latter two are ferries so reservations are not needed but the jet foil is a lot smaller, so if you are constrained with time, you might want to reserve. Further, if you are travelling during the peak season (April 27 - May 7, August 10-16, and Dec 28 - Jan 6), you might want to reserve, even with the ferries.
  • Mountain huts. 
    • Paid. None.
    • Free. Plenty all over. 
      • Shiratani Hut (白谷小屋)
      • Takatsuka Hut (高塚小屋)
      • Shin-Takatsuka Hut (高塚小屋)
      • Yodogou Hut (淀川小屋)
    • Camping.
Itinerary
Saturday
  • 06:00pm. Ferry, Kagoshima to Miyanoura Port.
Sunday
  • 07:00am. ETA: Miyanoura Port. Buy the bus pass for JPY4,000, 3 days, available at the port.
  • 08:10am. Bus, Miyanoura Port to Bus stop 29. Shiratani (白谷雲水峡登山口). I initially put Bus Stop 72: Kigen-sugi (紀元杉) as the starting point, but with the expected start of 10:30am, the ETA to the hut is 6:45pm, which I simply think is too late.
  • 08:45. ETA, Bus stop 29. Shiratani.
  • 09:00am. Start hike.
  • 04:40pm. ETA: 新高塚小屋. Rest for the day.
Monday
  • 05:00am. Start hike.
  • 08:50am. ETA: Summit.
  • 01:20pm. ETA: Bus Stop 72: Kigen-sugi (紀元杉)
  • 02:55pm. Bus, Kigen-sugi to Bus Stop 68: 屋久杉自然館.
  • 03:48pm. ETA: Bus Stop 68: 屋久杉自然館. Bus Stop 68 to Bus Stop 20: Miyanoura Port. Stay for the night.
Tuesday.
  • 08:10am. Ferry to Kagoshima Port.








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