about YES! Yakushima

In 2019 YES! Yakushima tours became the representative for Yakushima in the `100 Amazing Experiences in Japan` as chosen by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

What YES! do

YES! Yakushima offer a range of Yakushima tours in English and a  free booking service  to help you arrange your accommodation, activities, rental vehicles / goods on the island.  Our website also has travel, transport and tourism-related information that will help you have an unforgettable trip to the this unique World Heritage Island paradise.

According to the highly influential travel site – Tripadvisor – YES are ranked as the No1 English tour guide company on Yakushima and the staff of YES take great pride in this status.  The YES guides deliver professional, informative and fun tours that will make a difference to your visit to Yakushima.

YES operate tours for individual guests, families, small groups and large cruise tours such as the Japan Botanica cruise tours with over 100 guests.  YES guides conduct successful tours with guests with very little hiking experience as well as guests with specific interests such as botanists, bryologists and mycologists!

Please take a look at our reviews from previous guests and contact YES if you`d like to book a YES tour.

YES are very keen to promote a range of other local Yakushima services.  We offer a FREE booking service for accommodation, vehicle rental & other equipment, water activities and other local services. YES aim to fully support our island and its economy and so by booking your hotel with YES instead of the usual international booking agents (who take their commission from the local hotel) then ALL of your booking fee enters our local economy. 


Who are YES! Yakushima

The co-founder of YES – Steve (the other co-founder being Helen) – moved to Yakushima in early 2011 and continues to live on the island with his family.  Steve has lived in Japan since 1999.  Prior to living in Japan, Steve lived in Kathmandu (Nepal) and was able to undertake numerous Himalayan treks & ascents

YES began operating in 2012 when there were few international visitors coming to Yakushima.  In the years since we began, the number of foreign visitors coming to Yakushima has risen dramatically.  YES! co-founder Helen left Yakushima in 2015 and now operates the Kumamoto English tour and information company – Explore Kumamoto.
YES have a small team of local guides as well as an extensive network of various water activity guides.

Ferry Ticket Reservation Service

A very popular service we offer for guests booking tours and / or accommodation with YES is our ferry ticket reservation service.  The ferry ticket reservation service is available if you book a YES Tour or book over 40,000 yen of services from the YES! Yakushima Services (eg hotel, car rental, activity etc).  

Contact YES for more details.


About the YES Website

Our website also has lots of information about Yakushima, how to get here and what you can do on the island.  Check out Yakushima maps to find various locations and get printable English maps of the local towns. Find the bus timetable in English on our Yakushima Links.

Check out our information on eating out, shopping and emergency services.

Finally, we really do encourage visitors to Yakushima to consider a YES tour as these tours reveal so much about our special island: its ecology, history and culture.  Visitors who “go it alone” miss out on so much and barely scratch the surface of our wonderful island. 

Booking your YES tour will leave you in no doubt that you have experienced a very special island – see comments from previous guests on our Tripadvisor page.

  Contact YES for more details.