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Landmark in Yakushima

Jōmon-sugi

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 t…
Sports & Outdoors in Yakushima

Nakagawa Sports

Rents and sells everything from rainwear and waterproof hiking boots (also in large 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

Ōko-no-taki

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

Shiosai

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

Yakuden

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

Umigame-kan

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

Restaurant Yakushima

This simple restaurant serves a ¥520 breakfast set with eggs, toast and coffee and a tasty tobi uo sashimi teishoku (flying fish sashimi set meal; ¥980) for lunch. Look for the green, two-storey building on the main…