Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine, a valley of Shiratanigawa river which is a tributary of Miyanouragawa river in the northern part of Yakushima Island in Kagoshima prefecture. Yakushima Island is a place where there are many rainfall throughout the year, such as large rocks formed by erosion of granite due to long rainfall, and an area full of virgin forests and rich in green. It is known also as a place where the high density zone of a Yaku cedar tree starts, and the “Yayoisugi” (Japan cedar) in age-of-a-tree 3000 serves as a symbol.
The entrance to the ravine is about 12 kilometers from Miyanoura. The altitude of the entrance point is about 620 meters, and an area of about 424 hectares from there is Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine. Along the mountain streams, azalea and Yakushimashoma (Astilbe) etc are grouped, and big trees, such as a Japan cedar and a hemlock fir, can also be seen.
In the middle of this ravine there are waterfalls that flow through the gaps between granite somewhere. The most splendid thing is the sidewalk made of granite. This was made more than 100 years ago, and it is left as it was at that time.
This valley is also known to have become a model of the forest to be the stage of the animated film “Mononoke-hime” (Princess Mononoke). It is said that Director Hayao Miyazaki visits repeatedly and made visualization of the beauty of nature in this area.
Deep green moss is a tasty scene. The wonderfulness of Unsuikyo ravine seen on a sunny day has an indescribable flavor. The sunlight hitting rocks and moss is giving a more fantastic beauty, so even the divinity is felt. The surrounding nature will heal the fatigue of the trekking of the mountain stream.
|Name:||Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine|
|Address:||Kumagegun Yakushimacho, Kagoshima 891-4311 Japan|
|Access:||Approximately 35 minutes from Yakushima Airport by car.|
|Tel:||(+81) 997-42-0100 (Yakushima Town Office)|
|Price:||300 yen (High School Students or Over)|