Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do you get from Kagoshima Airport to the high-speed ferry terminal?

There are about 14 limousine buses from the airport to the high-speed ferry terminal a day.

Travel time is about 50 minutes.


In addition, a shuttle bus from the airport to Kagoshima city runs every 10 minutes from 8:30 am to 9:15 pm. If you get on this bus and get off at "Kagoshima Chuo Ekimae", you can get to the high-speed ferry terminal from Chuo Station in about 20 minutes, and if you get off at "Kineseicho", you can get there in about 20 minutes by foot.


2. I would like to use the ferry "Hibiscus". Please tell me how to access from Kagoshima city.

The ferry "Hibiscus" departs from Kagoshima (Nanatsushima) Taniyama Port.

For more information on how to access Taniyama Port, please contact us.




1. What is the weather like?

* The above records are recorded ​​at Yakushima Weather Station (Koseda) which is at sea level.


2. What is the temperature in the mountains?

It is generally said that the temperature drops by 0.6 ° C for every additional 100m above sea level.

However, in Yakushima, if you actually measure whether the topography unique to Yakushima affects, there is a temperature difference of about 10 degrees Celsius between Yakusugi Land at an altitude of 1000 m and flat ground.

Yakushima may have the image of a tropical island, but if you go to the mountains, please take adequate precautions against the rain and cold.


3. What about the weather?

Please visit the website below. 

Japan Meteorological Agency

4. Does the rain really fall 35 days per month?

This saying comes from a famous Japanese writer who spent some time in Yakushima. She obviously came at the wrong time of year! There is 3,000 to 4,000 mm of rainfall per year in the coastal area and 10,000 mm in the mountains but it does not rain every day! We do get heavy rain in spring and the rainy season as well as at other times of year but a lot of the time the climate is very pleasant. 


5. Does it snow?

After mid-December, when the cold wave comes in January and February, the high mountains can get snow.

Yakusugi Land (1,000m above sea level) may have about 50 cm of snow.

Since it is a rainy island, when the cold wave comes, the rain become snow.

The roads to Yakusugiland and Shiratani Unsuikyo will be closed if there is a risk of snowfall or ice.


6.When is the rainy season?

Generally rainy season is in June, but it may start earlier or finish later in any year. The Japan Meterological Association keeps a record every year which you can see here. 

7. When is the typhoon season?

Mostly from July to September. Three to four typhoons approach most years.

Island tourism

1. Is there an ATM that can be cashed using a credit card?

There is no convenience store with an ATM in Yakushima and there are no ATM or currency exchange machines at the airport and ports. Cashing can be done at banks or post office ATMs.

There are two banks: JA Bank (Miyanoura, Onoaida, ATM in Anbo ACoop), and Japan Post Bank (Miyanoura / Anbo/ Onoaida/ Yudomari Post Offices).


■ At JA Bank ATM, withdrawls with NICOS, MUFG, UFJ, DC, UC, JTB, VISA card, Japan Post Bank card is possible

■ At Japan Post Bank, credit cards issued overseas can be used with some exceptions

Cards that can be used at Japan Post Bank ATM

VISA, VISAELECTRON, PLUS, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, JCB

Union Pay Union Pay, DISCOVER.


2. Are there any supermarkets or souvenir shops that accept credit cards or electronic money?

Takeda Sangyo (Miyanoura / Anbo)

VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, DINERS CLUB, DISCOVER, Kitaca, Suica, PASMO, manaca, TOLCA, ICOCA, SUGOCA, nimoca, Hayakane, APPLE @ PAY @ Quick Pay


Takumi Sugi (Anbo)



Yakushima Tourist Center (souvenir shop at Miyanoura)



Forest glitter (Anbo)



A Coop (Miyanoura, Anbo, Onoaida)



Life Center Yakuden (Miyanoura)

VISA / @ MASTER (electronic money cannot be used)


Waiwailand (Miyanoura)

VISA ・ MASTER ・ TOLCA ・ manaca ・ Suica ・ PASMO ・ ICOCA ・ SUGOCA ・ nimoca ・ Rakuten EDY


Some's (Koseda)

VISA / @ MASTER / TS Cubic / Union Pay / Quick Pay / ID / Suica / SUGOCA / Rakuten EDY / nimoca / Hayaken / Kitaca / PASMO / TOLCA / manaca / ICOCA


Drugstore Mori (Koseda)



Drug Eleven (Koseda)100 yens shop

JCB, VISA, MASTER, AMEX, Union Pay, T-MONEY, Kitaca, Suica, PASMO, TOLCA, manaca, ICOCA, SUGOCA, nimoca, Hayakake, Rakuten EDY


In 2019, many shops on the island became pay-pay compatible.

* Payments for inns and guided tours are often made in cash, so it is better to check in advance.


3. Can I use electronic money when taking a bus on Yakushima?

There are two bus companies in Yakushima Matsubanda and Kotsu. InYakushima Kotsu Bus you can use "Iwasaki IC card / RAPICA".


4. Can I use a credit card for a taxi?

Not available, only cash.


5. What are the opening hours of major supermarkets?

6. Where can I find a coin locker?

The locations of coin lockers and the opening hours of the facilities are as follows.


Miyanoura Port Ferry Terminal (8: 00-17: 00)

Miyanoura Toppy & Rocket Terminal (8: 30-17: 30)

Miyanoura Yakushima Tourist Center Outside coin locker (24H)

Miyanoura Yakushima Tourist Center Luggage storage (8:00 to 19:00 (until 18:00 in winter))

Koseda Airport Terminal Building (8:30-18:00)

Anbo Toppy & Rocket Terminal (6: 00-17: 00)


7. Are there barrier-free toilets?

Barrier-free toilets are installed clockwise from the Nagata village as follows.

Mountain climbing

1. What clothing is required for a one-day mountain climbing on Jomon cedar and Miyanoura?

2. What do I need for a one-day mountain climb to Jomon cedar / Miyanoura peak?

3. For  Jomon cedar / Miyanoura peak what is the physical strength and age required for a day trip?

These are popular walks which people of all ages can do. But please understand that they are challenging routes which require a minimum level of fitness and the ability to keep going for several hours.

Additionally, when the days get shorter in late autumn, you will need to be able to trek at a reasonable pace.

Winter mountain climbing require preparations for winter mountains.

Please respect the mountains and make sure that you are physically prepared and have the right equipment. 


4. What is a general trekking route?

There are many great trekking routes in Yakushima and these are among the most popular. Your guide can help you choose.


5. Is water available in the mountains?

There are a number of places with natural water sources.  

6. What kind of hut is a mountain hut?

These are all unmanned evacuation hut and they do not have a manager, telephone or electricity. Water and toilets are nearby but may be quite rustic.


7. Is there a public phone in the mountains? Can you connect to a mobile phone?

There is a public phone in Yakusugi Land.

There are no payphones at the Arakawa and Yodogawa climbing entrances, but there are some areas where you can get through with the mobile phone docomo and Au.

On the ridge line in the mountains, there are places where you can connect to a mobile phone. :

•      The battery will be consumed more quickly in mountains with poor radio wave conditions. Airplane mode is recommended when unnecessary.


8. Can I take a taxi at the trail head?

Reservations are required to take a taxi at the trail head. Reservations are also required to ride from Shiratani Unsuikyo and Yakusugi Land.

9. Are there leeches, bears or poisonous snakes?

Leeches often appears on mountain trails in the western part of the island (Hanayama trail, etc.) and the upper part of Yakusugi Land especially  when it rains.

There are no bears, so please remove bear bells before climbing as they are very annoying and completely unnecessary.


There are Yamakagashi and Mamushi (Japanese pit vipers), which are poisonous, but they rarely appear. There are no habu in Yakushima, they are in Okinawa.


10. Can I buy a gas cartridge near the airport?

You can purchase it at the shop in the airport. It can also be purchased in the Anbo and Miyanoura districts.


11. Is a climbing registration required? What happens if I forget to make a mountain climbing registration form?


The mountain climbing notification is used to obtain information on the victims when a rescue / search request is made.

There is no obligation to submit a mountain climbing notification, but we recommend that you submit it just in case.

It is also a good idea to leave it at your accommodation so that they can alert the authorities quickly if you do not return in good time.


12. Is a disposable toilet pack mandatory? Where can I buy it?


Toilets are mainly installed near mountain huts, but if you have a disposable toilet, you can use it at a booth for portable toilets other than the existing toilets, so it is safe. Wooden booths and tent booths for disposable toilets are installed on the Miyanoura mountain climbing course and Jomon cedar mountain climbing course (mobile toilet map), so be sure to bring a disposable toilet when you go mountain.

Disposable toilets can be purchased at tourist information centers, shops, guest houses, hotels, etc.

◆ Maintenance of toilets in the mountains is very difficult. We would like to ask for your cooperation in using the mobile toilet so that you do not leave any urine in the mountains and take your own urine back with you.

◆ Take an unused disposable toilet home and use it for disasters, nursing care, driving, etc. It can be used as a toilet.

Sea turtles

1. When can you see it?

Some young green turtles live on the coast of Yakushima and can be seen in various places throughout the year. Snorkeling is recommended from May to November, and you can scuba dive all year long. If you ask a professional guide, you will have a high chance of encountering it and you will be safe.


Sea turtles lay their eggs in the evening from May to July and hatching is seen in August.

2. Where can I see them?

Nagata Inakahama is the largest spawning ground for loggerhead turtles, which are designated as an endangered species, in the North Pacific Ocean, In addition to national parks, it has been designated as a Ramsar Convention registered wetland that preserves waterfronts rich in nature.

Every year from May 15th to July 31st, we hold a sea turtle observation meeting at Nagata Inaka beach

You can also see the sea turtle spawning at Kurio beach.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, by phone or by email (available in English, French and Chinese)

Yakushima Tourism Association 
187-1 Anbo, Yakushima Town, Kumage gun,

Kagoshima Prefecture 891-4311
TEL: 0997-46-2333

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