Maxime Carré


A wood craftsman and mountain guide, Maxime has lived and worked in the prefecture of Kagoshima since 2009.
He is trained in first aid and the use of local guides and organizes guided mountain tours on the island of Yakushima.

Il suo percorso

Originally from the Rhône-Alpes region, Maxime worked at an engineering firm for architecture in Paris in the 2000s, before leaving for Japan where he learned how to work as a carpenter.

After working in the Kagoshima area on contemporary home and restoration projects, he now works on his own furniture and architecture projects. He also shares his experience of the forest and mountain ecosystems with curious visitors.

I suoi consigli per voi

Da non perdere :

The Yakusugi trees, only found in the high-altitude forest of Yakushima, which are thousands of years old. They can be considered a remarkable subspecies of Sugi (cryptomeria japonica), a conifer that is widespread throughout Japan. It is often called "cedar of Japan" despite its membership of the family of cupressaceae rather than pinaceae.

Da portare :

A head full of images, photos, but no samples from the forest; most of the island is protected as a National Park and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.

For those who want to bring back something green with them, Yakushima is the northernmost tea-producing region of Japan and therefore Yakushima tea is the first in the year to be harvested.

Cose da fare :

Explore: Mountain, forest, rivers, waterfalls and the sea. A breath of fresh air!

Parole da conoscere :

Yama: the mountain.
Umi: the sea

Piatti da provare :

Yakushima water! This water is very pure because it has very few minerals due to the granite rock.

With regard to food, local fish such as mackerel or flying fish and sashimi are highly recommended!
And local seasonal fruits, citrus fruits or various tropical fruits.

Trappole da evitare :

Choosing accommodation in the main port of Miyanoura for a stay of several nights. To better enjoy the diversity of the island, have a look around Anbou, the 2nd port which is accessible by hydrofoil. It is more central for hiking trips and exploring the South of the island.
Going into the mountains without checking the weather and without the right equipment. The trails of the island are long and often quite technically difficult.
Exploring the bed of a stream without knowing the terrain, even at a low altitude. In the case of torrential rain upstream the very rugged terrain can cause a rapid rise in water levels.