by sea

Yakushima ferry options include the Toppy / Rocket (2,5 hours), the Yaku 2 car ferry (+4 hours) and the overnight Hibiscus freight ferry (13 hours).

Toppy / Rocket hydrofoil

toppy

One of the most popular ways to get to Yakushima is by the Toppy or Rocket hydrofoil service. There are around eight round trips daily between Kagoshima’s high speed ferry terminal and Yakushima (Miyanoura or Anbo Port). Some travel directly to the island, but others go via the neighboring Tanegashima Island or Ibusuki. Voyages take between 2 – 3 hours depending on the number of stops.

A standard one way fare costs 11,600 yen and a standard round trip ticket costs 21,100 yen and the return journey must be used within seven days. Standard tickets allow for multiple changes between the time of reservation and the day of departure.

An advanced round trip ticket costs 15,900 yen and the return journey must be used within seven days. Advanced tickets allow for only one change between the time of reservation up to 14 days before departure.

If travelling in the high season, at the weekend or during national holidays such as Golden Week or Obon, then pre-booking your tickets is strongly recommended.  

YES offers a free reservation service for Toppy tickets. The offer is available if you either book a YES tour or book over 40,000 yen of services from the YES website (this amount usually requires guests to book Yakushima accommodation with YES or transfer their current booking with a different agency to YES) For guests interested in transfering their current accommodation to YES and benefit from this service then please contact YES

In the case of typhoons or very high waves then the service may be delayed or cancelled.  If you are concerned whether your scheduled jetfoil will depart or not then check this linkA circle next to the timetable means it will depart on time; a triangle means it may be delayed or cancelled and  means that the ferry is cancelled.

March 1st 2022 to Sep 30th, 2022 Summer timetable(Toppy&Rocket)

NoDeparture from KagoshimaYakushima ArrivalArrival PortNoDeparture From YakushimaKagoshima ArrivalDeparture Port
13407:3010:20Miyanoura via Ibusuki12107:0009:35Anbo via Tanegashima
11207:4509:45Not operating11210:0012:45Not operating
12309:1011:45Not operating13510:3513:15Miyanoura via Tanegashima
11410:2013:05Not operating11110:4512:35Not operating
11512:0013:50Miyanoura
Operating April 29th – May 5th / July 16th – 18th & August 6th – 21st
11413:3015:30Not operating
12713:0015:30Miyanoura via Tanegashima12515:4518:40Miyanoura via Ibusuki
Operating March 1st – 31st & Sept 1st – 30th
13115:4518:15Anbo via Tanegashima
Operating March 1st – 31st & Sept 1st – 30th
12616:0018:55Miyanoura via Ibusuki
Operating April 1st – August 31st
11816:0018:30Anbo via Tanegashima
Operating April 1st – August 31st
13716:3018:30Miyanoura
Operating April 29th – May 5th / July 16th – 18th & August 6th – 21st

Oct 1st 2022 to Nov 30th, 2022 Autumn timetable(Toppy& Rocket)

NoDeparture from KagoshimaYakushima ArrivalArrival PortNoDeparture From YakushimaKagoshima ArrivalDeparture Port
13407:3010:20Miyanoura via Tanegashima12107:0009:35Anbo via Tanegashima
*11207:4509:45Miyanoura via Ibusuki11210:3513:15Miyanoura via Tanegashima
*11410:2013:05Anbo via Tanegashima*11110:4512:35Miyanoura
12713:0015:30Miyanoura via Tanegashima *12813:3016:05Anbo via Tanegashima
*11713:2015:10Miyanoura12615:4518:30Miyanoura via Tanegashima & Ibusuki
11814:4517:15Anbo via Tanegashima*11716:0018:00Miyanoura via Ibusuki

Dec 1st 2022 to Feb 28th, 2023 Winter Timetable(Toppy& Rocket)

NoDeparture from KagoshimaYakushima ArrivalArrival PortNoDeparture From YakushimaKagoshima ArrivalDeparture Port
13407:3010:20Miyanoura via Tanegashima12107:0009:35Anbo via Tanegashima
11207:4509:45Not operating11210:0012:45Not operating
11410:2013:05Not operating13510:3513:15Miyanoura
12713:0015:30Miyanoura via Tanegashima 12813:3016:05Not operating
11814:4517:15Anbo via Tanegashima12615:4518:30Miyanoura via Tanegashima/Ibusuki


Yaku 2 car ferry 

yaku 2 ferry

The Yaku 2 car ferry leaves every morning from Kagoshima Port (just south of the main Kagoshima Port) to Miyanoura Port on Yakushima.  It returns to Kagoshima in the afternoon. The one way sailing takes four hours and costs 5,200 yen.  A return ticket costs 9,900 yen. The cost for bringing an average sized car onto the ferry is about 34,000 – 39,000 yen return.  You can also bring pets or bicycles on this ferry, though there is a fee for both.

The Yakushima 2 ferry leaves Kagoshima at 08:30am and arrives at Miyanoura Port at 12:30.  The return voyage leaves Miyanoura at 13:30 and arrives at Kagoshima at about 17:40.  For more details see the Yakushima 2 Ferry website.


Hibiscus overnight freight ferry

hibiscus ferry

Another option is to take the Hibiscus freight overnight ferry. This leaves Kagoshima (Taniyama Port) at 18:00 and arrives at Miyanoura Port the next morning at 07:00.  The ferry stays overnight in the Tanegashima Port, but Yakushima passengers cannot disembark.  The return journey leaves Miyanoura at 08:10 and arrives at Kagsoshima (Taniyama Port) at about 14:40.  Return fares are 7,800 yen and cars can be booked onto the ferry. 

The Hibiscus ferry departs from the Taniyama Port in the south of Kagoshima, so give yourself plenty of time to get there and find the port. One further word of caution regarding the Hibiscus is that this is a freight ferry and comfort is the last thing they consider. You will sleep on the floor and blankets are available. There are no bathing facilities and no food. In the summer the heat within the cabin can be stifling and in the winter the cold can keep you awake.

For more details visit the Hibiscus website.