Mt. Miyanoura in Yakushima

A 6-hour hike to the summit

By Victoria Vlisides   Nov 14, 2016 - 1 min read

Get ready for the best and worst 12 hours of your life! Mt. Miyanoura (1,936M) is the highest mountain in the Kyushu area (southern Japan) and is located on the island of Yakushima in Kagoshima Prefecture.

It is part of the area which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with unique plant and wildlife that make for a scenic and exciting hike. The hike is about 6 hours up and 5-6 hours down -- our hike was on the slow side, as we took many breaks. But, I felt exhausted yet accomplished at the end. If you are not hiking pro's, it is doable, but I recommend absolutely hiring a guide, as it is easy to get lost and/or injured if you're not careful. There are many options for guide services in English as well as Japanese. Here are some scenes from the trek.

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Victoria Vlisides

Victoria Vlisides @Victoria Vlisides

Trained journalist who's not yet jaded. Can't get enough of meeting new people, the view, cheap travel, cherry-blossom-flavored food, dinner&drinks. Painfully addicted to Japan's gochya-gochya machines. If you're the type of person to try something new vs. something you know you like, we'll get along. I'm originally from the USA. Now in Chiba Prefecture, and August 2016 marks two years in Japan. I've worked in journalism/newspapers for more than 5 years. My:  Blog  --  Instagram   Travels in Japan (in brief): Kagoshima (Yakushima), Shizuoka (Gunma (Oze National Park, Mt. Shibutsu, Minakamix2), Tochigi (Kinugawa-Onsen, Nikko), Hyogo (Kobex2, Arima Hot Springs), Kyoto x3, Osaka, Nagano (Hakuba), Yamanashi (Katsunuma, Kawaguchiko area, Mt. Daibosatsu x3), Okinawa, Aichi (Nagoya), Kanagawa (Yokohama, Enoshima, Hakone, Kamakura), Tokyo (of course), Chiba (Choshi, Onjuku Beach, Otaki Forest, Otaki Castle, Nokogiriyama, Chiba City, Isumi, Kamogawa), Gifu, Ibaraki (Hitachi Seaside Park), Saitama (Kawaguchi), Shizuoka (Izu), Tokushima Travels outside of Japan: South Korea, Italy, Greece, France, Jamaica, Canada, Mexico x2, 22 states within the USA Future travel goals: Fukuoka, (SK) Seoul (again!), Hokkaido, Mt. Zao, Hiroshima, Mt. Fuji, Daito Islands (Okinawa), Taiwan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Iceland, Norway, Kyrgastan