recommended yakushima tour itinerary

A recommended Yakushima tour itinerary is a question YES are often asked to design for visitors to the island so that they can get the maximum experience from the limited time they have on Yakushima. The longer guests wish to stay on Yakushima then the more tour and activity options become available. Visitors that arrive to the island unprepared tend to waste their first and final day on the island. Booking tours and activities with YES guarantees that as soon as you step foot on Yakushima then the adventure begins and continues until the minute you leave the island.

There are a number of permutations for recommended Yakushima tour itineraries and we have given details of only a few examples based upon guests arriving and departing to/from the Miyanoura Port. Please contact YES if you plan to arrive via the Anbo Port or the Yakushima Airport and we can send an itinerary that is specific to these ports of arrival / departure. Other factors that can influence a tour / activity itinerary is the weather during your stay, the fitness of the guests and the interests of the guests. Once again, YES have the experience, knowledge and network to make quick changes to an itinerary so that we can work around most forms of weather during your stay.

If guests plan to rent a vehicle then their accommodation options are unlimited as we can arrange to meet the guest at a specific location to commence a tour or activity.

For visitors who do not plan on renting a vehicle then we would generally recommend staying in the Miyanoura area for those staying only one night or either the Miyanoura area or the Anbo area for those staying longer.

For guests staying in the Anbo area then the marine guides operating at Isso Beach and Miyanoura River cannot take guests to Anbo. For guests staying in the Miyanoura area then the marine guides operating at Anbo River cannot take guests to Miyanoura. Guests could either take a bus / taxi or rent a vehicle.

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2 days / 1 night

Total cost for 2 adults : 64,000 yen (private tour option + 16,000円)

Total cost for 4 adults : 84,000 yen

Approximate TimesDay 1
07:45depart Kagoshima Port
09:45arrive to Miyanoura Port (Yakushima) and meet the YES guide
10:30Shiratani Unsuikyo forest tour
16:30exit Shiratani Unsuikyo and check-in at accommodation
Day 2
09:00meet the YES guide and commence Island Tour
15:30arrive to the Miyanoura Port in time for the 16:00 ferry departure to Kagoshima

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3 days / 2 nights

Total cost for 2 adults : 92,000 – 98,000 yen (private tour option + 36,000円)

Total cost for 4 adults : 132,000 – 140,000 yen

Approximate TimesDay 1 (option A)Day 1 (option B)
07:45depart Kagoshima Portdepart Kagoshima Port
09:45arrive to Miyanoura Port (Yakushima) and meet the YES guidearrive to Miyanoura Port (Yakushima) and meet the marine guide
10:30Shiratani Unsuikyo forest tourarrive Isso Beach for snorkeling
13:00arrive to Miyanoura River for kayaking
16:30exit Shiratani Unsuikyo and check-in at accommodationfinish water activities
Day 2Day 2
06:00 – 09:00meet the YES guide a hiking tour (Tachudake Tour / Kuromidake Tour / Yamato Sugi & Yakusugi Land Tour)meet the YES guide and commence Island Tour
16:30return to accommodationreturn to accommodation
Day 3Day 3
09:00meet the YES guide and commence Island Tourmeet the YES guide and commence the Shiratani Unsuikyo Tour
15:30arrive to the Miyanoura Port in time for the 16:00 ferry departure to Kagoshimaarrive to the Miyanoura Port in time for the 16:00 ferry departure to Kagoshima

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4 days / 3 nights

Total cost for 2 adults : 124,000 – 126,000 yen (private tour option + 56,000円)

Total cost for 4 adults : 188,000 – 192,000 yen

Approximate TimesDay 1
07:45depart Kagoshima Port
09:45arrive to Miyanoura Port (Yakushima) and meet the marine guide
10:30arrive Isso Beach for snorkeling
13:00arrive to Miyanoura River for kayaking
16:30finish water activities
Day 2
06:00 – 09:00meet the YES guide a hiking tour (Tachudake Tour / Kuromidake Tour / Yamato Sugi & Yakusugi Land Tour)
16:30return to accommodation
Day 3
09:00meet the YES guide and commence Island Tour
16:30return to accommodation
Day 4
09:00meet the YES guide and commence the Shiratani Unsuikyo Tour
15:30arrive to the Miyanoura Port in time for the 16:00 ferry departure to Kagoshima

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Cancellation Policy

A cancellation charge will be waivered only if adverse weather prevents the guest from arriving to Yakushima, or adverse weather forces us to cancel the tour.  Under all other circumstances if a the guest cancels a tour then cancellation charges apply.

Cancellation Charges 

7 days in advanceFree
6ー4 days in advance30%
3 – 2 days in advance50%
1 day or on the day100%