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Logging of Yakusugi, cedar trees over 1,000 years old is now prohibited. But you can find various items such as chopsticks, trays and tables for sale. Chopstick making workshops are also popular.
There types of turmeric, wild turmeric, white turmeric and Javanese turmeric is produced on the island. They are then made into alternative medicine. It said to be a good hangover cure.
Yakushima is known for the largest number of flying fish caught in Japan. Flying fish is sold minced, dried overnight or as fish stock powder. Smoked mackerel and mackerel miso paste is also delicious.
Ponkan and Tankan
Ponkan and tankan mikan juices and cakes make great gifts. The tropical warm climate, fresh water, the sun and air is ideal for producing tropical fruits such as passion fruits, mangoes and pineapples.
Yakushima natural water is one of Japan's “top 100 water”. It is super soft water and can be purchased bottled. It is also used for preparation of shochu at the two shochu distilleries on the island.
Shochu is Japanese spirit distilled from sweet potatoes. It can be enjoyed straight, on the rocks or with hot or cold water. Yakushima's shochu is known throughout Japan for its taste and quality.
and shops offering workshops
Dairy Gyunyu (Miyanoura)
Tel: 0997-46-2026 View website
Tel: 0997-42-2056 Hours: 8:00-19:00 View website
Marutaka Suisan (Miyanoura)
Tel: 0997-42-1435 Hours: 8:30-18:00 Closed: Sundays View website
Yakushima Kanko Center (Miyanoura)
Various items, snacks, yakusugi crafts
Tel: 0997-42-0091 View website
Yakushima Ukon no Sato (Miyanoura)
Tel: 0997-42-0723 Closed: Sundays View website
Turmeric stomach medicine
Tel: 0997-42-3411 View website
Items made in Yakushima, including some original gifts
Tel: 0997-43-5623 Hours: 8:30-18:00 View website
*Offers bracelet making workshops
Tel: 0997-43-5441 Hours: 9:00-17:00 View website
*Offers chopstick making workshops
Yakushima Gakunan, Gallery Jukei (Koseda)
Tel: 0997-46-3348 Hours: 9:00-18:00 View website
Hashiguchi Mokuzai Kako Center (Anbo)
Produces disposable chopsticks from cedar
Honbo Shuzo (Anbo)
Shochu ditillery, distillery tours
Tel: 0997-46-2511 Hours: 9:00-16:00 View website
Kikunaga Kanko, Yakushima Green Hotel (Anbo)
Tel: 0997-46-3021 Hours: 7:30-10:30, 16:00-21-00 View website
Komura Mokkoujo (Anbo)
Tel: 0997-46-3368 Closed: Sundays Hours: 9:00-17:00
Mitake Shuzo (Anbo)
Tel: 0997-46-2123 Hours: 8:00-18:00 View website
Takeda Sangyo (Anbo)
Yakusugi crafts, snacks, seafood
Tel: 0997-46-2258 Hours: 8:00-18:00 View website
*Offers Yakusugi polishing workshops
Takenouchi Kogei (Anbo)
Yakushima Roaster (Anbo)
Roasted and unroasted coffee beans
Tel: 0997-46-3377 View website
*Offers coffee roasting and chocolate making workshops