Top things to do in Yakushima

Top Choice Landmark in Yakushima


This enormous yakusugi tree is estimated to be between 3000 and 7000 years old, and though no longer living, it remains a majestic sight. Most hikers reach the tree via the 19.5km, eight to 10-hour round trip from A…
Sports & Outdoors in Yakushima

Nakagawa Sports

Rents and sells everything from rainwear (from ¥1200) and waterproof hiking boots (available in larger gaijin sizes) to tents and baby carriers.
Museum in Yakushima

Yakusugi Museum

In a forested spot with sea views, the Yakusugi Museum has informative, beautifully designed exhibits about yakusugi and the history of the islanders' relationship to these magnificent trees. The museum offers an ex…
Cafe in Yakushima

Naa Yuu Cafe

Down a dirt road and facing a field of wild reeds, this cute cafe feels vaguely Hawaiian. The menu, however, leans more toward Thailand. Lunch sets range from red curry to Kagoshima black-pork-sausage pizza, and the…
Waterfall in Yakushima


On the west coast is Yakushima's highest waterfall, at 88m. It's a five-minute walk from Ōko-no-taki bus stop, which is the last stop for some of the buses running south and west from Miyanoura and Anbō (note that o…
Seafood in Yakushima


Find a full range of Japanese standards such as sashimi teishoku (sashimi set; ¥1700) or ebi-furai teishoku (fried shrimp set; ¥1400). Look for the blue and whitish building with automatic glass doors along the main…
Beach in Yakushima

Nagata Inaka-hama

On the island's northwest coast, Nagata Inaka-hama is a beautiful beach for sunsets, and it's where sea turtles lay their eggs from May to July. It's beside the Inaka-hama bus stop, served by Nagata-bound buses from…
Supermarket in Yakushima


Stock up on provisions for camping or hiking at this supermarket on the main street in Miyanoura, just north of the entrance to the pier area.
Museum in Yakushima


This nonprofit organisation has displays and information about turtles, mostly in Japanese. During nesting (June and July) and hatching (August) seasons, it arranges night tours on the beach. In order to protect the…
Museum in Yakushima

Yakushima Environmental & Cultural Village Center

In Miyanoura at the corner of the ferry-terminal road, this centre has exhibits about the island's natural environment and history, with limited English signs. It screens a large-format 25-minute film (sparsely subt…