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Overview

Wild, rugged and spectacularly beautiful, Yakushima is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure. Travel to the tiny UNESCO-heritage island and spend three days exploring its majestic wonders. Trek scenic Mt. Kuromidake, hike past giant, ancient trees in the forest and kayak down the tranquil Anbo River. 

Trip Highlights

Yakushima Outdoor Adventure

Explore UNESCO-heritage Yakushima forest

Hike through dense forest to discover majestic, towering cedar trees, some being over 3,000 years old!

Enjoy the views from Mt Kuromidake

Take a full day trek past alpine plains, boulders and forests to the mountain summit where stunning panoramic views await.

See the Anbo River by kayak

Get a different perspective of Yakushima with an easy kayaking trip, enjoying the pristine surroundings and tranquillity of nature.

Itinerary

1

Arrival in Yakushima

Itami Airport (ITM) to Yakushima Airport (KUM): 95 min / Fukuoka Airport (FUK) to Yakushima Airport (KUM): 60 min / Kagoshima Port to Miyanoura Port / Anbo Port: 2-2.5 h

Yakushima is a subtropical island located in the Southern area of Kyushu. Thanks to its geography and natural beauty, the island is a real paradise for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts.

Take note when landing at the airport (or approaching Yakushima port by ferry), this tiny island is covered by an extensive cedar forest. Its giant trees, some of which are thousands of years old, are an impressive sight and contribute to creating a magical and mysterious atmosphere.

Fully included in a protected National Park area, Yakushima has been declared a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site and constitutes a unique area of almost completely untouched nature and wilderness in Japan.

After arriving to either the airport or the port, our guide will provide transport to the hotel for check in.

Enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure.

Overnight in Yakushima

2

Yakushima, mountain trekking

Duration: 7-8 h Distance: 10 km Altitude: 1370-1831 m

Day 2 marks a whole day trekking in Mt. Kuromidake alongside an English-speaking guide. The 10-kilometer route can be covered in around 8 hours and is an easy-to-intermediate path suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers. From the mountaintop there are great views of the island, its mountains, forests and coastlines.

During the hike, a few stops will be made to rest and enjoy the views. A longer break will be taken at the top of the mountain for lunch. Today’s lunch is a homemade bento (lunch box), prepared with tasty and healthy local products from the island.

Note: Expert hikers can request a more challenging track at no additional charge.

Overnight in Yakushima

3

Yakushima, forest trekking

Duration: 7-8 h Distance: 8 km Altitude: 1000-1200 m

Another day of hiking accompanied by your English-speaking guide awaits you. However this time, instead of climbing the island’s mountains, you will be following the paths inside Yakushima’s dense forests.

Although less physically demanding, the scenery that you will enjoy is just as impressive. The island’s enormous old trees, often covered in green moss, offer an unusual and unique view.

During today’s hike you will pass by the famous Buddha sugi (1,800 years old) and Yamato sugi (3,000 years old) cedar trees.

Again, you will be stopping for lunch to enjoy another delicious home-made bento.

Your guide will accompany you back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Yakushima

4

Yakushima, kayaking; Departure

Before leaving Yakushima this afternoon, there will still be time for some exciting activities and to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

This morning, alongside the local guide, visit the Anbo River for a few hours of river kayaking. This very calm, wide river is an easy and safe challenge even for complete beginners.

Enjoy the beautiful views of the island from the river and look out for monkeys on the shore as well as turtles swimming in the river.

After a last bento lunch, head back to Yakushima airport or port to continue the next journey.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast (for ryokan, minshuku, and other traditional accommodation, rooms are Japanese-style with futon and meals are half board)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Return transfers to the airport
  • English-speaking guide for tours on Days 2, 3, and 4
  • All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary on Days 2, 3, and 4
  • Self-guide app and customized travel documentation

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
  • Transfer to/from the meeting place (guided tour) to/from the hotel and some local transport (e.g. local city buses, taxi transfers, etc.)
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
  • Travel insurance (please see below)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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