7 days Small Group Tours 4th - 10th Jun 2018Register for 2019 via our enquiry form Tailor make this journey and make it yours

Price

$4797 AUD per person twin share

Single supplement on request

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary on days 2, 3, 5 and 6
  • Information pack
  • Scrubba Wash Bag

Exclusions

  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

Known as the 'island of ancient forests and water', Yakushima is a secluded and unspoilt paradise which feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Japan’s megacities. Exploring on foot and by kayak is a wonderful way to discover one of Japan's natural wonders. Climb through the craggy interior as you discover 1000 year old cedar trees blanketed in moss. Paddle through pristine waters and snorkel alongside sea turtles. Take a dip under rushing waterfalls and warm up in the regions natural hot springs. An island of vast contrasts exploding with natural beauty.

Day 1 - Arrival in Yakushima

Welcome to Japan! Yakushima is a subtropical island located in the south of Kyushu. Thanks to its geography and natural beauty, the island is a real paradise for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts.

As you will see when landing at the airport, or approaching Yakushima port by ferry, this tiny island is covered by an extensive cedar forest. Its giant trees, some of which are thousands of years old, are an impressive sight and contribute to creating a magical and mysterious atmosphere.

Fully included in a protected National Park area, Yakushima has been declared a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site and constitutes a unique area of almost completely untouched nature and wilderness in Japan.

Arrive in Yakushima airport or port where your private transfer will take you to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at your leisure. (D)

Overnight at JR Hotel Yakushima

Day 2 - Mountain trekking

Enjoy a whole day trekking with your English-speaking guide to Mt. Kuromidake. The 10-kilometre track can be covered in around 8 hours and is an easy-to-intermediate path, suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers. From the mountaintop, you will have a great view of the island – its mountains, forests, and coastlines.

During the hike, you will be stopping a few times to rest and enjoy the view. A longer break will be taken at the top of the mountain for lunch. Today’s lunch is a homemade bento (lunch box), prepared with tasty and healthy local products from the island.

Note: Expert hikers can request a more challenging track at no additional charge. (B,L,D)

Overnight at JR Hotel Yakushima

Trekking information:

Duration: 7-8 h

Distance: 10 km

Altitude: 1370-1831 m

Day 3 - Sea kayaking

Today you will explore the beautiful island of Yakushima from the coast with your nature guide on a day tour by sea kayak. Enjoy the beautiful views of this lush green natural paradise and its spectacular surrounding mountains.

Yakushima also boasts one of Japan’s most intact marine water environments with uncountable species of marine wildlife gathering in its warm and clean waters. You might even be able to spot one of the rare loggerhead sea turtles swimming below you.

After a delicious home-made bento lunch on shore, you will then continue your journey and paddle to your pick-up point. In the late afternoon, you guide will accompany you back to your accommodation.

Overnight at JR Hotel Yakushima

Kayaking information:

Duration: 7-8 h

Day 4 - Yakushima

Today is a self-guided day.

Use today to explore all the nice beaches and hot springs of Yakushima Island and relax your tired muscles. Or visit some of the museums and nature centres the island has to offer.

Suggested Activity (1): Sea Turtle Night Viewing

From Mid-May to the end of July is egg-laying season for the loggerhead sea turtles of Yakushima.

In the evening, you will be picked-up by your English-speaking nature guide, who will bring you to the turtle beach. Upon arrival, your guide will explain to you about the life and breeding-cycle of the turtles, as well as Yakushima’s turtle population and the conservation efforts on Yakushima.

Later in the evening you will be able to witness from a very close range the sea turtles laying their eggs in the ground and covering them up.

Sea Turtle Night Viewing information:

Duration: 3-4 h

Note (1): Only available from mid-May to the end of July. To avoid disturbing the turtles only a very small number of visitors are allowed on the beach, and a previous registration is mandatory. It is advised to book well in advance.

Note: Has to be booked in advance. Additional charges apply.

Suggested Activity (2): Diving or Snorkeling Tour

Your local diving or snorkelling guide will pick you up for a half day of diving or snorkelling in the pristine clear waters of Yakushima. In the warmer summer months, these are very popular activities for visitors, thanks to the abundance of marine wildlife in the area.

Your guide will lead you to one of the prime diving spots of the island, from where you will be able to explore the undersea wonders of Yakushima.

Diving/ Snorkeling Information:

Duration: 4 h

Note: Has to be booked in advance. Additional charges apply.

Suggested Activity (3): Shower Climbing and Canyoning

For those looking for the absolute outdoor adventure with a lot of adrenaline, you should not miss out on canyoning while in Yakushima. Thanks to the large number of rivers and waterfalls the number of possible routes is nearly limitless.

With your experienced local adventure guide, you will explore some exciting climbs and natural water slides of the island.

Shower Climbing & Canyoning Information:

Duration: 4 h

Note: Has to be booked in advance. Additional charges apply.

Overnight at JR Hotel Yakushima

Day 5 - Forest trekking

Today you will embark on another day of hiking accompanied by your nature guide. This time, instead of climbing the island’s mountains, you will be following the paths inside Yakushima’s dense forests.

Although less physically demanding, the scenery that you will enjoy is very impressive. The island’s enormous old trees, often covered in green moss, offer an unusual sight.

During today’s hike you will pass by the famous Buddha sugi (1,800 years old) and Yamato sugi (3,000 years old) cedar trees.

For lunch you will enjoy another delicious home-made bento.

Your guide will accompany you back to your hotel in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)

Overnight at JR Hotel Yakushima

Trekking information:

Duration: 7-8 h

Distance: 8 km

Altitude: 1000-1200 m

Day 6 - Yakushima, Waterfall hike

This morning, depart as you hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Yakushima. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit, since you will have plenty of opportunity to jump into the clear water pools at the bottom of the waterfall.

This flat hike initially takes you through a sub-tropical forest. Later, you will encounter several river crossings and after about two hours of hiking you will come out of the forest and see the magnificent Janokuchi Waterfall in front of you.

The large stones are the ideal spot for a picnic and on a hot day there is nothing more refreshing than to jump into the clear water of the pristine pool below. Enjoy your home-made bento lunch, while relaxing in this natural paradise.

After some sun bathing and enjoying your time swimming and playing around in this stunning scenery, your guide will lead the way back to the starting point, and accompany you to your hotel. (B,L,D)

Overnight at JR Hotel Yakushima

Trekking information:

Duration: 5-6 h

Distance: 8 km

Altitude: 90 – 670 m

Day 7 - Departure

The day is yours at leisure until your scheduled transfer to Yakushima airport for your onward flight. (B)