Yakushima Tours & FREE Booking Service

YES! Yakushima

about YES! Yakushima

YES! Yakushima are a tour & booking company based on the World Heritage island of Yakushima.  We began operating in 2012 and are rated by Tripadvisor as the No 1 tour guide company for international visitors to Yakushima.  Our team of guides operate tours ranging from individual visitors and families to tours of more than 100 guests.

In 2019, YES! Yakushima tours were chosen by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) to represent Yakushima in the `100 Amazing Experiences in Japan.` 

Reviews from our past guests will illustrate the incredible difference YES will make to your trip to Yakushima. 

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  • star rating  We booked 2 tours with YES Yakushima and also used them to arrange a hydrofoil booking and our hotel for one night on Yakushima. Steve was really helpful with arrangements... read more

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  • star rating  Leave it to Steve! This was one of the best organized trips I've taken and I'm so very grateful to Yes Yakushima for doing all the logistics after I booked... read more

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  • star rating  The tours provided by Steve and his team were not only extremely enjoyable but both guides were clearly very knowledgeable about both the trails and the island of Yakushima... read more

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  • star rating  We had an exceptional time with Steve and Hiroko. Both guides were knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs. Definitely will book hikes with them again!

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  • star rating  Loved the guidance and the not too strenuous hike in this wonderland. Steve is knowledgeable and explains about history, botany, and culture really well.

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  • star rating  I did the guided shiShiratani trail (with Steve as my guide) because I wanted to explore the beautiful nature of yakushima. But this tour was much more than that. Steve... read more

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  • star rating  We couldn’t have done this trip without Steve, great help with every aspect and the tour was amazing

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  • star rating  My wife and I had three wonderful days of touring with Steve. We had booked the tours several months ago at the suggestion of the Sankara Hotel, where... read more

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  • star rating  Our group was family, four of us participating in a one day tour of the island with UNESCO forest highlights-focus on the natural beauty and world of Yakushima. We got... read more

  • star rating  We used Yes Yakushima for a few things including a full day hike (Yakusugi Land + yamato sugi hike), trial dive for scuba diving (via another vendor), and also to... read more



about Yakushima

Yakushima was nominated as Japan`s first World Heritage Area of Natural Beauty in 1993.  Yakushima is an island of great extremes.  During the winter months the peaks are snow-capped whilst in the south of the island the vegetation is sub-tropical.  At just under 2,000 meters, Yakushima has the highest mountain range in southern Japan.  The island is famed for some of the most ancient living trees on the planet – Yaku sugi – as well as being home to one of the most dense concentration of moss species.  Yakushima has numerous endemic plants, along with an indigenous sub-species of deer and macaque monkeys which easily out-number the human population on the island.

Yakushima is a pristine reminder of what Japan looked like in ancient times and is currently a fine example of how a community can live with respect for their natural environment.

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