Tachudake 1497m (太忠岳) is a beautiful hike on Yakushima Island. The trail starts from Yakusugiland and is a nice mix of challenge with some chains, beautiful views and ancient trees. It's also far less busy than some of the other hikes and we barely saw anybody after Yakusugiland and on our way to the granite monolith.
Elevation Gain: 710m
I highly recomend renting a car for hiking on Yakushima. Busses are infrequent and for this hike the bus schedule doesn't leave enough time to do the full hike.
Park your car at Yakusugiland. There is a 300Y entrance fee.
The first part of the hike is through Yakusugiland. It's an easy walk through the forest. You'll pass some beautiful old trees and streams/little waterfalls. Once you cross the bridge it gets steeper and more quiet and towards the end there are couple of chain sections over roots. Overall this hike is not very difficult, biggest danger is probably falling over some roots.
To get to the viewpoint keep walking a bit further. We had lunch on the boulder, enjoyed the views and then headed back.
Elevation Profile & Map
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