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Welcome to yakushima

YAKUSHIMA

A trekking tour through the ancient forest of World Heritage Site Yakushima where you can choose the itinerary which best suits your interest

From JPY39,600 ! 

(The rate for 2 adults per room)

In addition, you can save more

when the Go To Travel Campaign is applied!

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Located at the southern tip of Kyushu, 90% of the island is covered with forest and is well known for its thousands of years old Yakushima cedar trees. Tropical fish swim around in the coral reefs around the island, and sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs on the sandy beaches. On the other hand, Mt. Miyanoura which is the highest mountain in Kyushu is covered with snow in winter. This unique environment fosters a natural environment like no other, thus it was designated as a World Natural Heritage site in 1993.

The presence and power of Jomonsugi, the largest out of thousands of Yakusugi cedar trees, is truly overwhelming. Shiratani Unsui Gorge, which was the model for the famous movie "Princess Mononoke" has a mossy forest and murmuring rivers that create a mysterious forest like no other. Yakushima is a World Heritage Site that you should definitely visit at least once in a lifetime.

MYU Japan combines hotel stay at THE HOTEL YAKUSHIMA OCEAN & FOREST and trekking activity.

STEP 1: Choose a tour plan 

You could actually go on the two major trekking courses in just 3 days 2 nights!

But if you want to enjoy Yakushima more than just trekking,

4 days 3 nights is highly recommended.

A full day trekking tour is included.

Choose between Jomonsugi Course and Shiratani Unsui Gorge (Taikoiwa) Course.

Enjoy this 2 days trekking tour which will take you to explore two of Yakushima's most famous sites; Jomonsugi and Shiratani Unsui Gorge.

This is the perfect tour plan for those who wish to visit both sites! Choose between the early morning or the morning departure for Shiratani Unsui Gorge trekking tour.

  • Trekking guides are available in Japanese only.

STEP 2: Choose a room type

【Standard Japanese style room】 / 【Standard Western style room】 【Japanese-Western style room】 / 【Namiotobiyori】

STEP 3: Choose an activity according to your interest

Yakushima is rich in nature from the mountainsto the sea and rivers. Enjoy the various activities such as trekking or relaxing on the bay.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1

Travel to Yakushima from your home

Transfer to the hotel on your own 

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Dinner at THE HOTEL YAKUSHIMA OCEAN & FOREST

Dinner will be a kaiseki dinner featuring a variety of fresh local seafood and mountain vegetables

【 Meals: Breakfast ✗ | Lunch ✗ | Dinner ✓ 】

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DAY 2

Enjoy a full day trekking in Yakushima.

If you participate in the Yakushima 1 day trekking, please select the trekking coure.

If you participate in the Jomonsugi 1 day trekking + Shiratani Unsui Gorge 1 day trekking, it will be the Jomonsugi 1 day trekking.

【Meals: Breakfast ✓* | Lunch ✗ | Dinner ✓ 】

Jomonsugi 1 day trekking

(Walking time: approximately 10 hours)


04:00-05:00 Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the Yakusugi Museum (the guide will call you the previous evening to confirm the official time).

05:00-17:00 From the Yakusugi Museum, take the Arakawa Tozan Bus to the Arakawa trailhead. From the Arakawa Trailhead, start trekking towards the Jomonsugi. Arrive at Jomonsugi via Wilson's Stump and Meotosugi. Start descending the mountain, following the same route.

17:00-18:30 Transfer back to your hotel.

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  • The trekking company (guide) will inform you of the exact pick-up time at your hotel between 1 day to 3 days before the tour.

  • *Please pick up your breakfast at the hotel front desk the day before your departure.

  • Please pay the shuttle bus fare (not required depending on the season) and the conservation fee at the site. (Round-trip bus fare: JPY1,400 + conservation fee: JPY1,000)

Shiratani Unsui Gorge 1 day trekking

(Walking time: approximately 5-6 hours)


08:00-09:00 Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the entrance of Shiratani Unsui Gorge. From the entrance of Shiratani Unsui Gorge, trek to Taikoiwa via Shiratani Hut, Moss Forest, and Tsuji Pass. Proceed from Taikoiwa to the entrance of Shiratani Unsui Gorge.

15:00-16:00 Transfer back to your hotel.

  • The trekking company (guide) will inform you of the exact pick-up time at your hotel between 1 day to 3 days before the tour.

  • Please pay the conservation fee (JPY500) at the site.

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DAY 3

If you participate in the Yakushima 1 day trekking, you will have the whole day free. Enjoy the optional tours.

If you participate in the Jomonsugi 1 day trekking + Shiratani Unsui Gorge 1 day trekking, you will have 1 day trekking of Shiratani Unsui Gorge.

【Breakfast ✓ | Lunch ✗ | Dinner ✗ 】

Shiratani Unsui Gorge 1 day trekking

(Walking time: approximately 5-6 hours)


08:00-09:00 Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the entrance of Shiratani Unsui Gorge. From the entrance of Shiratani Unsui Gorge, trek to Taikoiwa via Shiratani Hut, Moss Forest, and Tsuji Pass. Proceed from Taikoiwa to the entrance of Shiratani Unsui Gorge.

15:00-16:00 Transfer back to your hotel.
 

  • The departure time of the early morning plan will be around 05:00-06:00 and the return time will be around 12:00. Please pick up your breakfast box at the hotel front desk the day before your departure.

  • The trekking company (guide) will inform you of the exact pick-up time at your hotel between 1 day to 3 days before the tour.

  • Please pay the conservation fee (JPY500) at the site.

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The tour ends for the 3 days 2 nights plan.

DAY 4 (for the 4 days 3 nights plan)

Free time until departure. Return home on your own.

【Breakfast ✓ | Lunch ✗ | Dinner ✗】

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THE HOTEL YAKUSHIMA OCEAN & FOREST

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THE HOTEL YAKUSHIMA OCEAN & FOREST is located in Yakushima, a World Heritage Site, and overlooking the sea of Yakushima. The hotel has a great location, with just 5 minutes walk from Miyanoura Port, and is easily accessible by ferry from Kagoshima city. The hotel is also equipped with a large bath to relieve the fatigue of trekking, allowing you to spend a relaxing time with the nature of Yakushima.

​Rooms 

Standard Japanese style room

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There are two types of rooms available; the standard 8 tatami room for 1 to 4 guests, and the 6 tatami room for 1 to 2 guests and ideal for solo travelers. The warmth of the tatami mats in the Japanese-style rooms has a sense of traditional Japan and provides a high quality healing experience.

Size: 6 or 8 tatami mats

Capacity: 4 guests

Facilities: Bath, toilet, TV, telephone, air conditioner

Bed type: 4 single futon

Standard Western style room

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This 25 twin bedroom is simple in design, but comfortable enough for you to enjoy a private moment of peace and relaxation. The bright sunshine pouring in through the large windows and the pleasant breeze brought by the nature of Yakushima will make your stay feel special.

Size: 15~30m²

Capacity: 2 guests

Facilities: Bath, toilet, TV, telephone, air conditioner

Bed type: 2 single beds

Japanese-Western style room

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The spacious Japanese-Western style rooms can accommodate up to 6 guests, and all rooms offer a breathtaking ocean view. These rooms combine the comfort of a Japanese-style room with the functionality of a bed, making them ideal for families and groups. Spend a relaxing time in a spacious space where Japanese and Western styles are in harmony.

Size: Approximately 60m²

Capacity: 6 guests

Facilities: Bath, toilet, TV, telephone, air conditioner

Bed type: 4 single futon and 2 single beds

Namiotobiyori

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The room has a balcony which overlooks the East China Sea and the coast of Yakushima. The splendid view from the large windows of the guest room and bathroom gives you the best relaxation in this simple yet modern and sophisticated room.

Size: 33m²

Capacity: 2 guests

Facilities: Bath, toilet, TV, telephone, air conditioner, balcony

Bed type: 2 single beds

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​Dining

Delicious dishes are made with the abundant seafood and other fresh ingredients harsvested locally in Yakushima.

Enjoy the colorful delicacies prepared by the skilled chefs.

 

Access

From Yakushima Airport

Take the bus from the bus stop in front of the airport and get off at Miyanoura Port Entrance or Miyanoura Port. The hotel is approximately 5 minutes walk away.

 

By boat

From Miyanoura Port:

The hotel is approximately 5 minutes walk away.

From Anbo Port:

Take a bus from Awa Port Bus Stop and get off at Miyanoura Port Entrance or Miyanoura Port.

The hotel is approximately 5 minutes walk away.

 

Optional Tours

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Travel with our original and unique tours, specially designed for you to fully experience the charms of Yakushima.

 

(1) Half day snorkeling tour (AM/PM)

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Yakushima has a strong image of Jomonsugi trekking tours, but it is also a great place for snorkeling due to its variety of fish species. The sighting rate of sea turtles is also high, and we highly recommend it for an exceptional experience in Yakushima.

Period: Daily

Rate: JPY6,000 per person

  • The rate applies from age 6 and above

Minimum number of guest: 1 person

Meeting time: 09:00 or 13:00

  • The time may vary slightly due to the need to pick up other guests

Start/End point: Your accommodation or nearby

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Included: Guide, equipment rental, insurance, shuttle service

What to bring: Bathing suit (worn beforehand), flip-flops, towel, sunscreen (if necessary), change of clothes

Cancellation policy:

If you cancel your reservation after it has been confirmed, you may be charged a cancellation fee.

  • From 4 to 3 business days prior to the reserved date: 50% of the total amount

  • 1 business day prior to the reserved date: 100% of the total amount

Operated by: Yakushima-Guide

Additional information

  • In the event that the instructor decides that it is impossible to conduct the tour due to bad weather conditions such as typhoons, the tour may be cancelled. In such cases, no cancellation fee will be charged.

  • Participants must be aged between 6 years old to 64 years old. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate for safety reasons.

  • Please let us know if you have any medical history, major surgery in the past, or any physical disabilities when you apply for the tour.

  • If we consider that the tour cannot be conducted safely due to your physical condition, inadequate clothing or equipment, or if it would have a negative impact on other guests, we may ask you to refrain from participating in the tour even on the day of the tour. In such cases, the tour fee will not be refunded.

  • Please wear a swimsuit before the tour. There is no shower room facility, so please wipe off your body lightly after the tour and return to your hotel or end the tour at the site.

  • The tour operator may contact you directly for equipment preparation, final meeting, and cancellation.

 

(2) Half day river kayaking tour (AM/PM)

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The flow of the river in Yakushima is so gentle that even small children can paddle. Kayaking is a fun and great way to enjoy the surrounding nature and the crystal clear water. During the hot summer months, you can also go snorkeling in the river and collect shrimps.

Period: Daily

Rate: JPY7,000 per person

  • The rate applies from age 6 and above

Minimum number of guests: 2 person

Meeting time: 09:00 or 13:00

  • The time may vary slightly due to the need to pick up other guests

Start/End point: Your accommodation or nearby

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Included: Guide, equipment rental, insurance, shuttle service

What to bring: Bathing suit (worn beforehand), suitable top and bottom which may get wet (worn beforehand), hat, sunscreen, towel, rainwear in case of rain, change of clothes

Cancellation policy:

If you cancel your reservation after it has been confirmed, you may be charged a cancellation fee.

  • From 7 to 4 business days prior to the reserved date: 30% of the total amount

  • From 3 to 2 business days prior to the reserved date: 50% of the total amount

  • 1 business day prior to the reserved date: 100% of the total amount

Operated by: Yakushima-Guide

Additional information

  • In the event that the instructor decides that it is impossible to conduct the tour due to bad weather conditions such as typhoons, the tour may be cancelled. In such cases, no cancellation fee will be charged.

  • The tour only accepts participation from healthy people. Pregnant women and people with chronic diseases are not allowed to participate. Please let us know if you have any medical history that we should be aware of, if you have had major surgery in the past, if you have any physical disabilities, or if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • If we consider that the tour cannot be conducted safely due to your physical condition, inadequate clothing or equipment, or if it would have a negative impact on other guests, we may ask you to refrain from participating in the tour even on the day of the tour. In such cases, the tour fee will not be refunded.

  • Please wear a swimsuit before the tour.

  • After 18:00 on the previous day, you will be contacted by the organizer for a final meeting to prepare the equipment, and notice of cancellation. If you don't receive a call, please contact by 20:00 during business hours (Operating company: Yakushima Diving Guide Marine Club Kaiolohia, TEL & FAX: 0997-42-2021)

 

(3) Half day SUP tour (AM/PM)

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You will spend some relaxing time on a SUP along the Anbo River that flows slowly through the eastern part of Yakushima.

SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle Surfing, a marine sports born in Hawaii. It is characterized by its high buoyancy and stability, and since it is an activity that can be enjoyed on calm water, anyone can enjoy it safely. Enjoy the view of the deep V-shaped canyon surrounded by nature and the highly transparent Anbo River.

Period: Daily

Rate: JPY8,000 per person

  • The rate applies from age 6 and above There will be a separate fee of JPY100 per person for the use of the facilities on site, so please have some change ready.

Minimum number of guests: 1-4 person

Meeting time: 09:00 or 13:00

  • The time may vary slightly due to the need to pick up other guests

Start/End point: Your accommodation or nearby

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Included: Guide, equipment rental, insurance, shuttle service

What to bring: Bathing suit (worn beforehand), suitable top and bottom which may get wet (worn beforehand), a bottle of drink per person (drink must be in a plastic bottle for easy pick up in case if fell in the river), hat, sunscreen, towel, rainwear in case of rain, change of clothes

Cancellation policy:

If you cancel your reservation after it has been confirmed, you may be charged a cancellation fee.

  • From 7 to 4 business days prior to the reserved date: 30% of the total amount

  • From 3 to 2 business days prior to the reserved date: 50% of the total amount

  • 1 business day prior to the reserved date: 100% of the total amount

Operated by: Yakushima-Guide

Additional information

  • The tour will be held at Anbo River, but depending on wind, waves and weather conditions, the tour may be held around Isso (at sea) or at Kurio River. The tour fee will not be refunded in case the course is changed after the tour departure.

  • In the event that the instructor decides that it is impossible to conduct the tour due to bad weather conditions such as typhoons, the tour may be cancelled. In such cases, no cancellation fee will be charged. ・Participants must be aged between 12 years old to 60 years old and weigh up to 85kg. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate for safety reasons.

  • Please let us know if you have any medical history, major surgery in the past, or any physical disabilities when you apply for the tour.

  • If we consider that the tour cannot be conducted safely due to your physical condition, inadequate clothing or equipment, or if it would have a negative impact on other guests, we may ask you to refrain from participating in the tour even on the day of the tour. In such cases, the tour fee will not be refunded.

  • Please wear a swimsuit before the tour. There is no shower room facility, so please wipe off your body lightly after the tour and return to your hotel or end the tour at the site.

  • The tour operator may contact you directly for equipment preparation, final meeting, and cancellation.

 

Reservation

Please read the following before you proceed to the reservation.

Additional information

  • The rates do not include the transportation fee between the accommodation and your residence.

  • Check-in time is at 15:00, and check-out time is at 10:00.

  • Your booking confirmation will be sent within 1-2 business days.

  • We will ask you to complete the payment after the booking has been confirmed.

  • You may be asked to present your residence card as proof of identification upon check-in.

  • Please be sure to check "the Go to Travel compliance policy" in advance.

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Required clothing and items

  • Long pants (no jeans, we recommend sweat pants as they become heavy when wet and do not dry well)

  • Long-sleeved jacket or warm clothes in winter (the altitude of the Jomonsugi trekking is 1,300m and the temperature is about 10 degrees lower than at the foot of the mountain)

  • Lunch box and emergency rations (snacks)

  • Water bottle or plastic bottle

  • Flashlight or headlamp (required for participants of the Jomonsugi trekking and early morning Shiratani Unsui Gorge trekking)

  • Towels, etc.

  • Gloves (preferably waterproof)

  • Trekking shoes

  • Rain gear (separate jacket and pants for mountain climbing)

  • Backpack

Other

  • The trekking tour is not a private tour and there may be other participants. A private guide can be arranged at an additional fee of JPY13,000 per group.

  • Lunch, entrance fees, conservation fees, and shuttle bus fees are not included.

  • The tour schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather and traffic conditions.

  • Toilets are only available at the Arakawa Trailhead, at the entrance to the Okabu Trail, and at Takatsuka Hut (10 minutes away from Jomonsugi). Please use water-soluble tissues or toilet paper in the toilet. Please prepare your own portable toilet if you are concerned.

  • The time may vary greatly depending on the season and number of participants.

  • In case of early morning departure for Jomonsugi trekking and Shiratani Unsui Gorge trekking, breakfast box will be provided. Please make sure to confirm with the hotel front desk by 18:00 on the day before.

Cancellation policy

From 10 to 8 business days prior to the reserved date: 10% of the total amount

From 7 to 4 business days prior to the reserved date: 50% of the total amount

From 3 business days prior to the reserved date: 100% of the total amount