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Access

Is there an ATM I can use a credit card to withdraw money?


There aren't any convenience stores with an ATM in Yakushima. There are no ATMs or currency exchange machines at the airport and ports either. Cashing can be done at banks or post office ATMs. There is Minaminihon Bank (Miyanoura, Anbo), Kagoshima Bank (Miyanoura, Anbo) and JA Bank (Miyanoura, Anbo, Onoaida), and Japan Post Bank (Miyanoura, Anbo, Onoaida, Yudomari).
Credit cards issued overseas are accepted at Japan Post Bank with some exceptions.
Cards accepted at Japan Post Bank ATM
VISA, VISAELECTRON, PLUS, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, JCB Union Pay Union Pay銀聯, DISCOVER.




Do supermarkets or souvenir shops accept credit cards or electronic money?


Yes, many supermarkets and souvenir shops accept credit cards and electric money now. However, many accommodation and payment for tour guides often only accept cash so please check in advance.




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


There are two bus companies in Yakushima, Matsubanda Kotsu and Yakushima Kotsu. On Yakushima Kotsu bus you can use Rapica, an Iwasaki IC.




Do taxis accept credit cards?


Credit cards are not accepted on Yakushima Kotsu and Anbo taxis. Credit card payment is accepted on Matsuband Kotsu taxis if you can make payments at their offices by the airport or in Miyanoura.




What are the opening hours of the supermarkets?


A-Coop (Miyanoura, Anbo, Onoaida) 9:00-20:00
Life Center Yakuden (Miyanoura) 9:00-22:00
M Mart Higo (Miyanoura) 8:00-22:00
Waiwai Land (Miyanoura) 9:00-21:00
Drug Eleven (Koseda) 9:00-21:00
Drug Mori (Koseda) 9:00-22:00
M Mart Aiko (Koseda) 7:00-20:00
Some's (Koseda) 8:00-20:00
Shiiba (Anbo) 8:00-19:00
Tanaka Shoten (Anbo) 9:00-20:00
Yamashita Shoten S Mart (Kurio) 6:00-18:00




Are there any coin lockers?


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 Coin locker outside (24H) Miyanoura Yakushima Tourist Center Luggage storage (8:00 to 19:00, 18:00 in winter) Koseda Airport Terminal Building (8:30-18:00) Anbo Toppy & Rocket Terminal (6: 00-17: 00)




Where are the accessible toilets located?


Nagata: Inakahama Beach Isso: Nunobiki Falls, Isso Port Shitoko: Shitoko Banyan Park Miyanoura: Hinokamiyama Wharf, Miyanoura Outer Islands Development Center, Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Village Center, Miyanoura Toppy Terminal, Shiratani Unsuikyo (Entrance) Koseda: Yakushima Town Hall, Drugstore Mori Anbo: A-Coop, Anbo Bridge Observatory, Yakusugi Land, Yakusugi Museum Hara: Senpiro Waterfalls Onoaida: Yakushima Town Hall Onoaida Branc Nakama: Kurosaki Park Kurio: Ohko Waterfalls





Weather

What should I wear on a day hike to Jomonsugi or Mt. Miyanoura?


Rainwear: Goretex recommended or rainwear for hiking. Not cheap plastic ones.
T-shirt or Long sleeved shirt: Quick-dry
Pants: Long trousers or leggings. Not jeans.
Gloves
Jacket: Fleece or down jacket
Socks: Thick socks. Good to bring extra.
Hiking shoes: High cut ankles are best.
Gaiters: Good to have during rain.




What should I take on a day hike to Jomonsugi or Mt. Miyanoura?


Backpack: Not shoulder bags.
Backpack cover: Good to have to keep items dry.
Trekking poles: Easier to walk if you have them. Must have tip cover.
Headlamp: In case of emergency, essential in winter.
Waterbottle: Plastic bottles are fine.
Map and compass: Map with hiking routes. Phone apps can be useful.
Watch: Check your pace.
Mobile phone: For emergency contact. Softbank has poor reception in the mountains here.
Plastic bag: To take rubbish with you.
Toilet paper
Food: Trail snack, breakfast, lunch (order early morning bento the day before), extra day's supply of food
Disposable toilet: Not many toilets are placed on trails apart from Jomonsugi trail.
Collapsible umbrella: Good to have on Jomonsugi hike or during luch in the rain.
*When there is snow in the mountains, snow spikes, snow shoes, ice axe may be necessary. Even if there is no snow, if there is chance of icy conditions, bring snow spikes to be on the safe side.




How difficult is Jomosugi or Mt. Miyanoura day hike?


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.




What are the main hiking trails?


  • Arakawa Trailhead - Jomosugi (day hike)
  • Yodogawa Trailhead - Mt. Miyanoura (day hike)
  • Yodogawa Trailhead - Mt. Miyanoura - Jomonsugi - Arakawa Trailhead (one night)
Other trails are very well maintained.




Is water available in the mountains?


There are a number of places with natural water sources.




What are mountain huts like?


They are all unmanned emergency huts and they do not have a manager, telephone or electricity. Water and toilets are nearby. Shiratani Hut (825m) Reinforced concrete building Constructed in 1979 Capacity: 40 people Takatsuka Hut (1330m) Steel Structure Constructed in 2013 Capacity: 20 people Shintakatsuka Hut (1460m) Wooden construction Constructed in 1992 Capacity: 40 people Shikanosawa Hut (1550m) Stone-built building Constructed in 1965 Capacity: 20 people Yodogawa Hut (1380m) Wooden construction Constructed in 1988 Capacity: 40 people Ishizuka Hut (1600m) Concrete block building Constructed in 1971 Capacity: 20 people




Are there payphones or mobile phone reception in the mountains??


There is a payphone at Yakusugi Land. There are no payphones at Arakawa and Yodogawa trailheads, but you can find some locations with a signal with Docomo or Au network. You can also find some reception on mountain ridges. Phone batteries drain faster with poor reception. Use Airplane mode to save battery when not in use.




Can I catch a taxi at the trailhead?


Reservations are required to take a taxi from the trailhead, Shiratani Unsuikyo or Yakusugi Land. Book in advance as there are no payphones apart from Yakusugi Land.




Are there bears, venomous snakes or leeches?


Leeches are often found on the trails in the western part of the island (eg. Hanayama Trail) and on the trails leading up from Yakusugi Land. There are no bears, so please remove bear bells before climbing. There are Yamakagashi and Mamushi (Japanese pit vipers), which are poisonous, but they rare rarley spotted. There are no habu in Yakushima.




Can I buy gas canisters near the airport?


You can buy them at the shop in the airport or in shops in Anbo and Miyanoura districts.




Do I need to fill out a mountain climbing notification form? What happens if I forget to notify that I have come back down from the mountains?


The information on climbing notification forms are used to obtain useful information for a search and rescue operation so people coming back down from the mountains is not checked. Submitting the climbing notification form is not required but it's recommended in case of emergency. It's a good idea to leave the form with the accommodation staff so that the information can be obtained swiftly.




Do I need disposable toilet bags? Where can I buy them?


There are toilets near the mountain huts. In addition, disposable toilet bag booths are placed at various points on Mt. Miyanoura trail and Jomonsugi trail. People going to Mt. Miyanoura or on multi-day hikes are specially advised take disposable toilet bags with you. They can be purchased at tourist information centers, shops and accommodation below. *Maintenance of toilets in the mountains is very difficult. We would like to ask for your cooperation in using the disposable toilet bags. * If unused, they can be used in an event of natural disaster, for nursing care or on a drive. Miyanoura
The Hotel Yakushima, Tashiro Bekkan, Minshuku Yaedake, Minshuku Takesugi, Minshuku Yakusugiso, Yakushima Environmental Culture Village Center, Yakushima Tourist Information Center, Yakushima Furusato Ichiba, Yakushima Kanko Center Koseda
Jomon no yado Manten, Pension Ichigo Ichie, Yakushima Tours, Yakushima Messenger
Tourist Information Center, Funayuki, Cottage Mori no Kokage Anbo
Takeda Sangyo, Hotel Yakushima Sanso, Morino Kirameki, Yakushima Green Hotel, Yamashita Rental, Tourist Information Center, Yakusugi Museum Mugio
Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima Onoaida
JR Hotel Yakushima Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo





Island toursim

Is there an ATM I can use a credit card to withdraw money?


There aren't any convenience stores with an ATM in Yakushima. There are no ATMs or currency exchange machines at the airport and ports either. Cashing can be done at banks or post office ATMs. There is Minaminihon Bank (Miyanoura, Anbo), Kagoshima Bank (Miyanoura, Anbo) and JA Bank (Miyanoura, Anbo, Onoaida), and Japan Post Bank (Miyanoura, Anbo, Onoaida, Yudomari).
Credit cards issued overseas are accepted at Japan Post Bank with some exceptions.
Cards accepted at Japan Post Bank ATM
VISA, VISAELECTRON, PLUS, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, JCB Union Pay Union Pay銀聯, DISCOVER.




Do supermarkets or souvenir shops accept credit cards or electronic money?


Yes, many supermarkets and souvenir shops accept credit cards and electric money now. However, many accommodation and payment for tour guides often only accept cash so please check in advance.




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


There are two bus companies in Yakushima, Matsubanda Kotsu and Yakushima Kotsu. On Yakushima Kotsu bus you can use Rapica, an Iwasaki IC.




Do taxis accept credit cards?


Credit cards are not accepted on Yakushima Kotsu and Anbo taxis. Credit card payment is accepted on Matsuband Kotsu taxis if you can make payments at their offices by the airport or in Miyanoura.




What are the opening hours of the supermarkets?


A-Coop (Miyanoura, Anbo, Onoaida) 9:00-20:00
Life Center Yakuden (Miyanoura) 9:00-22:00
M Mart Higo (Miyanoura) 8:00-22:00
Waiwai Land (Miyanoura) 9:00-21:00
Drug Eleven (Koseda) 9:00-21:00
Drug Mori (Koseda) 9:00-22:00
M Mart Aiko (Koseda) 7:00-20:00
Some's (Koseda) 8:00-20:00
Shiiba (Anbo) 8:00-19:00
Tanaka Shoten (Anbo) 9:00-20:00
Yamashita Shoten S Mart (Kurio) 6:00-18:00




Are there any coin lockers?


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 Coin locker outside (24H) Miyanoura Yakushima Tourist Center Luggage storage (8:00 to 19:00, 18:00 in winter) Koseda Airport Terminal Building (8:30-18:00) Anbo Toppy & Rocket Terminal (6: 00-17: 00)




Where are the accessible toilets located?


Nagata: Inakahama Beach Isso: Nunobiki Falls, Isso Port Shitoko: Shitoko Banyan Park Miyanoura: Hinokamiyama Wharf, Miyanoura Outer Islands Development Center, Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Village Center, Miyanoura Toppy Terminal, Shiratani Unsuikyo (Entrance) Koseda: Yakushima Town Hall, Drugstore Mori Anbo: A-Coop, Anbo Bridge Observatory, Yakusugi Land, Yakusugi Museum Hara: Senpiro Waterfalls Onoaida: Yakushima Town Hall Onoaida Branc Nakama: Kurosaki Park Kurio: Ohko Waterfalls





Hiking

What should I wear on a day hike to Jomonsugi or Mt. Miyanoura?


Rainwear: Goretex recommended or rainwear for hiking. Not cheap plastic ones.
T-shirt or Long sleeved shirt: Quick-dry
Pants: Long trousers or leggings. Not jeans.
Gloves
Jacket: Fleece or down jacket
Socks: Thick socks. Good to bring extra.
Hiking shoes: High cut ankles are best.
Gaiters: Good to have during rain.




What should I take on a day hike to Jomonsugi or Mt. Miyanoura?


Backpack: Not shoulder bags.
Backpack cover: Good to have to keep items dry.
Trekking poles: Easier to walk if you have them. Must have tip cover.
Headlamp: In case of emergency, essential in winter.
Waterbottle: Plastic bottles are fine.
Map and compass: Map with hiking routes. Phone apps can be useful.
Watch: Check your pace.
Mobile phone: For emergency contact. Softbank has poor reception in the mountains here.
Plastic bag: To take rubbish with you.
Toilet paper
Food: Trail snack, breakfast, lunch (order early morning bento the day before), extra day's supply of food
Disposable toilet: Not many toilets are placed on trails apart from Jomonsugi trail.
Collapsible umbrella: Good to have on Jomonsugi hike or during luch in the rain.
*When there is snow in the mountains, snow spikes, snow shoes, ice axe may be necessary. Even if there is no snow, if there is chance of icy conditions, bring snow spikes to be on the safe side.




How difficult is Jomosugi or Mt. Miyanoura day hike?


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.




What are the main hiking trails?


  • Arakawa Trailhead - Jomosugi (day hike)
  • Yodogawa Trailhead - Mt. Miyanoura (day hike)
  • Yodogawa Trailhead - Mt. Miyanoura - Jomonsugi - Arakawa Trailhead (one night)
Other trails are very well maintained.




Is water available in the mountains?


There are a number of places with natural water sources.




What are mountain huts like?


They are all unmanned emergency huts and they do not have a manager, telephone or electricity. Water and toilets are nearby. Shiratani Hut (825m) Reinforced concrete building Constructed in 1979 Capacity: 40 people Takatsuka Hut (1330m) Steel Structure Constructed in 2013 Capacity: 20 people Shintakatsuka Hut (1460m) Wooden construction Constructed in 1992 Capacity: 40 people Shikanosawa Hut (1550m) Stone-built building Constructed in 1965 Capacity: 20 people Yodogawa Hut (1380m) Wooden construction Constructed in 1988 Capacity: 40 people Ishizuka Hut (1600m) Concrete block building Constructed in 1971 Capacity: 20 people




Are there payphones or mobile phone reception in the mountains??


There is a payphone at Yakusugi Land. There are no payphones at Arakawa and Yodogawa trailheads, but you can find some locations with a signal with Docomo or Au network. You can also find some reception on mountain ridges. Phone batteries drain faster with poor reception. Use Airplane mode to save battery when not in use.




Can I catch a taxi at the trailhead?


Reservations are required to take a taxi from the trailhead, Shiratani Unsuikyo or Yakusugi Land. Book in advance as there are no payphones apart from Yakusugi Land.




Are there bears, venomous snakes or leeches?


Leeches are often found on the trails in the western part of the island (eg. Hanayama Trail) and on the trails leading up from Yakusugi Land. There are no bears, so please remove bear bells before climbing. There are Yamakagashi and Mamushi (Japanese pit vipers), which are poisonous, but they rare rarley spotted. There are no habu in Yakushima.




Can I buy gas canisters near the airport?


You can buy them at the shop in the airport or in shops in Anbo and Miyanoura districts.




Do I need to fill out a mountain climbing notification form? What happens if I forget to notify that I have come back down from the mountains?


The information on climbing notification forms are used to obtain useful information for a search and rescue operation so people coming back down from the mountains is not checked. Submitting the climbing notification form is not required but it's recommended in case of emergency. It's a good idea to leave the form with the accommodation staff so that the information can be obtained swiftly.




Do I need disposable toilet bags? Where can I buy them?


There are toilets near the mountain huts. In addition, disposable toilet bag booths are placed at various points on Mt. Miyanoura trail and Jomonsugi trail. People going to Mt. Miyanoura or on multi-day hikes are specially advised take disposable toilet bags with you. They can be purchased at tourist information centers, shops and accommodation below. *Maintenance of toilets in the mountains is very difficult. We would like to ask for your cooperation in using the disposable toilet bags. * If unused, they can be used in an event of natural disaster, for nursing care or on a drive. Miyanoura
The Hotel Yakushima, Tashiro Bekkan, Minshuku Yaedake, Minshuku Takesugi, Minshuku Yakusugiso, Yakushima Environmental Culture Village Center, Yakushima Tourist Information Center, Yakushima Furusato Ichiba, Yakushima Kanko Center Koseda
Jomon no yado Manten, Pension Ichigo Ichie, Yakushima Tours, Yakushima Messenger
Tourist Information Center, Funayuki, Cottage Mori no Kokage Anbo
Takeda Sangyo, Hotel Yakushima Sanso, Morino Kirameki, Yakushima Green Hotel, Yamashita Rental, Tourist Information Center, Yakusugi Museum Mugio
Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima Onoaida
JR Hotel Yakushima Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo





Sea turtles

When can I see sea turtles?


Young loggerhead turtles can be spotted all around the year on the coast of Yakushima. The best time for snorkelling is from May to November. You can go scuba diving throughout the year. It's safer to hire a guide and there's a better chance of seeing sea turtles too. Sea turtles lay their eggs in the evenings from May to July and hatch in August.




Where can I see sea turtles?


Nagata Inakahama is the largest nesting ground in the North Pacific for the endangered Loggerhead turtles. It is a National Park and a designated site of the Ramsar Convention. Sea turtle observation tours are held from May 15th to July 31st at Nagata Inakahama beach. More information about observation tours http://nagata-umigame.com (Japanese site) You can also see sea turtles nesting at Kurio beach. Sea turtles are very sensitive to light. Please do not use flash or any light source.