Sōyōtei

Top choice ryokan in Yakushima

On the northwest coast near Nagata Inaka-hama, this gorgeous, family-run guesthouse has a collection of semidetached units that boast private verandas and ocean views. The traditional structures feature rooftops unique to Yakushima, with stones anchoring the roof tiles – you'll recognise the place immediately. There are several baths for private use, including an outdoor bath overlooking the crashing waves.

Lovely seafood-focused meals are served in a communal, open-air dining room that looks out over Inaka-hama and the sea.

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