Yakushima, located off the coast of Kagoshima, is a slice of tropical heaven with its ancient cedar trees, some of which date back thousands of years. The mossy forest with its flowing streams, picturesque waterfalls, and rustic walkways provides the perfect opportunity to experience life away from the chaos of busy cities. The ethereal ambiance of this natural UNESCO World heritage site has inspired plenty of animators, writers, and filmmakers who have featured it in their works. Rainwear is a must at Yakushima as the island receives a significant amount of rain all through the year. Dotted with soaring mountains, macaques and deer comprise a significant portion of the island’s inhabitants. Yakushima is fast becoming a favorite with hikers given the many winding trails that traverse its forests. Quaint guest houses with basic amenities and local cuisine featuring fresh seafood complete the enchanting picture.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Island Paradise
  • Hiking

Places to Stay

Enchanting Travels Japan Tours Kagoshima Hotels JR Hotel Yakushima deck
JR Kyushu Hotel Yakushima

Style: International

JR Kyushu Hotel Yakushima is less than an hour’s drive from the airport and within half an hour of Anbo Port. This smart international hotel is wonderfully located for you to make the most of the sea as well as the mountains.

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Enchanting Travels Japan Tours A beautiful beach on the subtropical island of Yakushima, Japan. Photographed at the Nagata Beach on a bright day
Shiki-no Yado Onoaida

Style: Lodge

Shiki-no Yado Onoaida is a charming little lodge tucked into the shadows of Mount Mocchomu in Yakushima. Expect to find a tranquil family run lodge with its own kitchen gardens and viewing deck of the lovely landscape.

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