|7/2019||World Heritage Site donation requests have resumed. Please consider making a donation
to maintain and improve the trails.
|6/2019||The roads have reopened and bus-service restarted after the damage on May 18, 2019. Let's go to the mountains!
|3/2019||Donation requests in World Heritage hiking areas has been suspended do to mishandling and theft ending in 2018. You can, however, still donate at information booths, and your donations are highly appreciated. This does NOT affect donation requests at Shiratani Unsuikyo Park and Yakusugiland.
|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/RSS/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!