|4/2017||New donation system is in place. You will be asked for ¥500 at Shiratani Unsuikyo Park and Yakusugiland. For other World Heritage hiking areas, you are asked to make a one-time
donation of ¥1000 for day-hiking or ¥2000 if you spend the night in the mountains.
|2/2016||The West Forest Road (Seibu Rindo) remains closed at night, and will likely be closed at night
for the 2017 season.
Current rain and wind conditions:
Yakushima Life and Hiking RSS:
Links:RSS Feed: http://yakushimalife.com/Main/yakushimaliferss.xml
Other English-Speaking guides:
Yakushima Guide Tour (The main company I work for. Highly recommended if you're looking for a Japanese guide!)
Yakushima Cosmo (Spice up your trip with unique ideas from super-enthusastic Tomi!)
Yakushima Tourism Association Webpage (in Japanese)
- Town Maps and Bus Schedules English is near the bottom. (Note that there are two bus companies.)
The Portside Youth Hostel in Miyanoura has been kind enough to post a link to my page on their website. Comfortable and peaceful Guesthouse Manmaru in Anbo hase been similarly kind. Korean-speakers may like to check out the ShiSuiKan (TEL: 0997-46-2018). Larger hotels such as Sankara, and Yakushima Sansou have gorgeous facilities and some English-speaking staff members, while the Green Hotel and Tashiro Annex are doing their best to create comfortable--but not extravagant--atmosphere. For lonely travelers on a budget, hostels like the Portside YH, Friend, and many others are great places to connect with others and learn what's going on around the island!