|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.
|4/1/2017||Stamp Rally and Kosugidani Photo Exhibit begin. http://j50.yakukan.jp/
|2017||Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Discovery of Jomon Sugi. http://j50.yakukan.jp/
|4/2016||The earthquakes in Kyushu have caused much distruction in Kumamoto and Oita, and disrupted train and bus services.|
Yakushima is NOT AFFECTED by these earthquakes.
|3/2017||2017 Tourist Season begins March 1! If you're hiking to Jomon Sugi on your own,
please purchase your bus tickets to the Arakawa Trail Head when you get to Yakushima!
|2/2016||The West Forest Road (Seibu Rindo) remains closed at night, and will likely be closed at night
for the 2017 season.
|2/2014||Yakushima Life Feedback Form complete! Did you hike with me? Tell me what you thought!
Other English-Speaking guides:
Yakushima Tourism Association Webpage (in Japanese)
- Town Maps and Bus Schedules English is near the bottom. (Note that there are two bus companies.)
Yakushima Guide Tour (The main company I work for. Highly recommended if you're looking for a Japanese guide!)
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,
and many others are great places to connect with others and learn what's going on around the island!