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Hiking in mythical mossy forest with ancient cedar trees thousands of years old

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Hiking in mythical mossy forest with ancient cedar trees thousands of years old

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Yakushima, a secluded paradise relatively unknown to foreigners. Its hauntingly beautiful forest is home to Yakusugi, the gigantic Japanese cedar thousands of years old. The wet climate creates crystal clear rivers and moss covered trees and rocks, inspiring a moody and fairytale-like atmosphere. Let's join us to explore this amazing UNESCO world heritage site!

(1) Highlights of the trip:
- Admire the mossy forest and silky smooth streams, scenes straight from a postcard
- Marvel at the gigantic Yakusugis, a Japanese cedar that has been around for at least 1000 years
- Relax at the Japanese baths and enjoy multi-dishes Japanese cuisine including the flying fish
- Check out unique souvenirs made from precious cedar wood (only the fallen logs are used)

(2) Rough itinerary:
Day 1
- Fly from HK to Kagoshima, Japan (~3hrs)
- Fly from Kagoshima to Yakushima (~30mins)
- Check into guesthouse
Day 2
- Full day hike (7hrs) to visit the different Yakusugi cedar trees, and climb up a big boulder to get a panoramic view
Day 3
- Hike in a different area with beautiful green mossy forest and rocks, streams (~5 hrs)
Day 4
- Fly from Yakushima to Kagoshima
- Fly from Kagoshima to HK

*The above itinerary and pictures is only a rough guide and the actual places/activities might vary slightly. In any case, we strive to bring you the best possible experience based on the actual ground situation.

(3) What to expect for the trip:
- Fly to Kagoshima, then to Yakushima and return
- Meals (Day 1 D, Day 2, 3 B+D, Day 4 B)
- Hotel stay x 3 nights
- Local transfer at Yakushima
- Admission fee and local hiking guide fee
- You need to be able to cope with the hiking stats below:
o Speed: 2.5 (normal hiking pace)
o Distance: 2.0 (8km)
o Elevation gain: 2.0 (500m)
o Surface: 3 (dirt trail with exposed roots and rocks that might be slippery if it rains)
o Average: 2.4
o About 6-7 hours hike

(4) If you are interested to join, please ask me for bank account details to make bank transfer (HK$15,000 trip fee) to secure your spot on the trip! Only when I confirm your bank transfer, I will move you over to the RSVP YES list.

(5) Cancellation and refund policy
• In case of bad weather such that the flight service is cancelled, we might postpone or cancel the trip
• Please take note that the event date is subjected to change or cancellation if there are insufficient attendees
• The trip payment is non-refundable in all other situations

Disclaimer: NineXplorer is an amateur casual adventure group that welcomes anyone with a basic level of fitness. By joining this event, you are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the tour leaders, the organizers and any other participants in the walks from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof. Members joining our activities are at their own choosing and at their own risk.
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