Best Hike Japan

Mt. Miyanoura

Name in Japanese: Miyanoura-dake (宮之浦岳)
Location: Kagoshima
Elevation: 1,935 m

A big mountain rises on Yakushima Island of World Heritage

Mt. Miyanoura is the higest mountain in Kyushu resion. It has twin peaks and the west peak is higher. The mountain top provides a 360-degree view and it offers a view of famous mountains in Kyushu and Yakushima Island. The route, which passes through laurel forests, Yakushima cedars, has many highlights such as giant cedars and beautiful valleys.


  1. From Yodogawa-tozanguchoi: 8 hours 05 minutes (12.8 km)

Sample route

Route: From Yodogawa-tozanguchoi
Distance: 12.8 km
Distance in elevation: 575 m
Difficulty during the best season: intermediate level
Season for hikers: late March to early November

Route and estimated course time:
Yodogawa-tozanguchoi (Yodogawa trailhead) –[0:50]- Yodogawa-goya –[1:50]- Hananoego –[0:20]- Kuromidake-bunki –[0:30]- Nageishi-daira –[1:50]- Mt. Miyanoura –[1:40]- Nageishi-daira –[0:30]- Kuromidake-bunki –[0:15]- Hananoego –[1:30]- Yodogawa-goya –[0:50]- Yodogawa-tozanguchoi [8 hours 05 minutes]

It is well designed for hike until Yodogawa-goya. It becomes a steep slope to the mountain ridge and an uphill trail continues until Koubandai observation platform. Then, the trail is among the wetlands until Hananoego. It is about 20-minute hike to Kuromidake-bunki, a col on the route. On the way to Mt. Nageishi, it provides a good view. The slope to the peak of Mt. Miyanoura begins from Okinadake-bunki (branch). It is an option to fo down to Arakawa-tozanguchi (trailhead).

Stay on established trails and watch your footing, especially at overlooks and near drop-offs. Never throw or roll rocks because there may be hikers below.

Route map

sample hiking route of Mt. Miyanoura

marks on the map

Hiking report

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Public transportation

  1. Yodogawa-tozanguchoi: Awa port -(taxi)- Yodogawa-tozanguchoi

Area information

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  • Hello!

    I noticed the beauty of Japanese nature when I went to an English language school in the US. While staying the US, I enjoyed hiking at National Parks. I wanted visitors from different countries to have a good time here in Japan as I did in the US.