The Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine spans 424 hectares across the forest and is around 600 - 1,300m above sea level. The forest is covered in green, unique ground plants like ferns and mosses, and visiting allows for travelers to experience and savor the superb world where Yakusugi cedar trees and laurel forests grow together. Within the Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine are three maintained courses -each with differing required course time, and the most popular of the courses being the "Taikoiwa Rock Course" which requires approximatly four hours of hiking time. Weather permitting, the Taikoiwa Rock is a great place for visitors to have a view of the surrounding massive granite rocks and enjoy a breathtaking overview of the Yakushima Island's forests. Also, slightly nearby to the Taikoiwa Rock is the "moss-covered forest" (kokemusu-mori) where director Hayao Miyazaki visited several times for inspiration for Studio Ghibli film, "Princess Mononoke" (Mononoke Hime). Further, it is said that in order to accurately portray the forest's natural deep green shade in the film, staff had to incorporate at least 200 different shades of green. Visit and experience firsthand how "green" Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine truly is!
Shiratani Unsuikyou Bus stop
0997-42-3508 ※Japan's International Country Code is 81