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How to Get to Yakushima?

the port to go to Yakushima

Kagoshima, dolphin port is home to a wealth of ferries, making traveling from one island to another easily accessible. However, with so many different options, different docking areas and different ferries leaving the port every day, it can get somewhat confusing.

The Anbo port

1.Jetfoil (Toppy & Rocket)

This is the fastest and most expensive ferry you can take to Yakushima. It does 7 round trips daily, between Anbo port and Miyanoura Port and takes, on average, between 2 to 3 hours to arrive. What’s even more advantageous is their English webpage, which makes traveling and reserving tickets much easier if you can’t read Japanese. But at ¥9,000 for a single (¥16,200) for a return, it might be a little out of budget for most travelers.


At just ¥3,300 for a single (¥6,600 for a return), the Hibiscus ferry is the cheapest way to travel to Yakushima, but for a good reason. The ferry makes just one trip per day, leaving Kagoshima at 6:00 and arriving the next day at 7:00.

Thinking about it, this does not actually seem like a bad idea. You can save money on accommodation and get to Yakushima early enough to perhaps do something that day. This was the route I was going to take, until I saw the length and times of the return trip. Leaving at 8:10 and arriving back in Kagoshima at 14:40 just seemed like a bad idea.

Yakushima ferry is heading for yakushima

3.Ferry Yakushima 2

Ferry Yakushima 2 makes just one round trip per day, leaving Kagoshima at 8:30, and arriving at Miyanoura Port at 12:30. It’s return trip is an undesirable day trip, leaving Miyanoura port at 13:30 and finally arriving back at Kagoshima at 17:30. Since a return is only ¥9,500, it is half the price of the Jetfoil ferry and just a few thousand yen more than the Hibiscus and actually, it wasn’t too bad.

we can walk around yakushima ferry around

The Ferry was surprisingly well equipped. It featured a small shop (selling mainly sweets and souvenirs), free blankets, places to lie down, a small cafe, a small arcade with terrible games, a theatre that looked impressive but that was not showing anything, a book stand, some archaic TVs showing a mix of Japanese and English movies at ridiculously low volume, a small Ramen restaurant, and of course, your obligatory vending machines.

The room in the ferry is mostly spacious

You'll surprised to see the theater room is in ferry

Going out onto the deck is obviously the best part of any ferry trip but, with the fumes form the ship being so strong, I couldn’t really stay out there for too long, which was a shame. None-the-less, trying to stay steady on a wobbling ferry is good fun and breaks up the amount of time you spend simply laying on that rather hard floor. And, with an obvious lack of wifi and 4G, since most of the time you’re in the middle of the ocean, it can get a little boring if you have nothing else to do.

Interior ferry getting to Yakushima looks superb

Thanks to Interior ferry getting to Yakushima, you won't fed up with long time shipping

The boat can get a little choppy in places depending on the weather. Obviously, if you are prone to sea sickness, a ferry would be the worst choice for you, but if you are feeling a little sick (as I’ll admit I was at one point), I would recommend strolling outside. The brisk sea air is sure to smack some life back into you.

On the way to Yakushima, by ferry

All in all, you get what you pay for. It isn’t the most pleasant trip in the world, but I can definitely imagine worse. If you can spare the money, perhaps go for the quicker ferry, but all in all, this wasn’t too bad. At the end of the day, you really have to make a decision: time or money.

We have almost arrived at takusima island


Name Ferry Yakushima 2
Category Ferry
Address 892-0814 Kagoshima Prefecture, Kagoshima, Honkoshinmachi, 6
Access [map]892-0814 Kagoshima Prefecture, Kagoshima, Honkoshinmachi, 6[/map]
Opening Hours 8:30 - 12:30 (return trip 13:30 - 17:40)
Price Range ¥9,500 return (prices vary depending on the season)
Payment options Cash
Hazel Taylor

Hazel Taylor

A lover of nature, food and dangerous heights. Originally from a small seaside town in Essex, England, I am making the most of exploring all the curves and colours of Japan. My one aim is to raise the profile of the most extroadinary places in Japan, so that you too may explore the depth and breath of this wonderous place.

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