Personally, the Shiratani trail is more beautiful than the Jomon Sugi trail. If you have time, do both. Else, Shiratani is an easier and nicer trail, with many big cedar trees as well.

Good thing about Yakushima trail is that you don't need good weather as most of the trail are within the forest with little opportunity to view the landscape of nearby mountains (except Toikawa Rock). If fact, the moss gets more vibrant after a rain.

We did the Bugyosugi Cedar Course plus Toikawa Rock loop, which should take 4 hours, but we spend the entire day in Shiratani (from 8am) and left on the last bus at 4.10pm.

Shiratani Cloud Water Valley 白谷雲水峡, Shiratani-Unsuikyo, Mononoke Hime no Mori, もののけ姫の森, Princess Mononoke's Forest

  • Desmond Lua
  • 2018-11-27 08:48:20
  • Kamogawa

This restaurant offer great value for money, only 1000-1200 yen per person with loads of good quality food. The flying fish is definitely worth trying.

  • Desmond Lua
  • 2018-11-26 08:16:12
  • Yaedakeshokudou

The gyoza is pretty unique with crispy skin, and good fried chicken. I didn't enjoy the deer meat.