Yakushima Mountain Huts


There are 6 mountain huts on Yakushima's mountain ranges. All of them offer a dry place to sleep and a toilet but little else. Water can be found in the streams that run near to them and like all the rivers and streams in the higher mountains is crystal clear and safe to drink.

For the average monthly temperatures at each hut go to Temperatures in Yakushima.

THE LOWER HUTS: (the easiest to get to from the coast).

SHIRATANI HUT

Shiratani hutSleeps: 40
Building structure: Reinforced Concrete
Altitude: 825m

This hut is less than an hour from Shiratani Unsuikyu car park. The toilet is actually inside which especially in summer can be an odour problem. It has an open area but also has three rooms with basic bunks. Like all the huts it's first come, first served. In summer it gets busy here as it's on one of the routes to Jomon Sugi and Mt.Miyanoura.

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YODOGAWA HUT

Sleeps: 20
Building structure: Wooden building
Altitude: 1380m

The Yodogawa hut is on the opposite side of the mountains and can be reached via Anbo on the Yakusugiland road. It's less than an hour from the end of the mountain road on the Yodogawa trail. Because of this it's a very popular hut to stay in and is often packed with hikers who take the road up in the late afternoon and begin their hiking the following morning.

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THE HIGHER HUTS:

The two huts around Jomon Sugi are popular places to stay after the long slog to get there. The nearest is...

TAKATSU HUT








Sleeps: 20
Building structure: specially constructed cardboard building (rebuilt 2013)
Altitude: 1330m

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SHINTAKATSU HUT

Sleeps: 40
Building structure: Wooden building
Altitude: 1460m

This is further along the path and is larger than the Takatsu hut.


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SHIKANOSAWA HUT

Sleeps: 20
Building structure: Stone-built
Altitude: 1550m

The next hut is on the Nagata path not far from the from the summit of Mt.Nagata. The Nagata path is long and arduous and few people climb Mt.Nagata after climbing Mt.Miyanoura so the hut is usually quite empty.


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ISHIZUKA HUT

Sleeps: 20
Building structure: Concrete-block building
Altitude: 1600m

This is on a path off Hana-no-eigo highland marsh or alternatively at the top of the rarely used path from Yakusugiland. Locals claim that it's haunted with the ghosts of an American bomber crew who crashed into the mountain during the war and is probably the least used of the huts.


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An alternative to the huts if the weather closes in when around the high peaks, there are several cave like rock formations which provide shelter and some of them have plastic sheeting stored for emergencies.


For more information about Yakushima accommodation and hiking check out the one and only Yakushima: A Yakumonkey Guide

Yakushima Guide book