There are 6 huts in the mountains in Yakushima. All of them offer a dry place to sleep and a toilet but little else. Water can be found in the streams that run near to them and like all the rivers and streams in the higher mountains is crystal clear and safe to drink. There are no staff members, no reservations and it's free.
For the average monthly temperatures at each hut go to Temperatures in Yakushima.
THE MOST ACCESSIBLE HUTS
SHIRATANI HUT (白谷山荘小屋)
Sleeps: 40Building structure: Reinforced Concrete
YODOGAWA HUT (淀川小屋)
Sleeps: 20Building structure: Wooden building
THE HIGHER HUTS
The two huts near Jomon Sugi are popular places to stay after the long hike to get there. The nearest, Takatsu hut, is the most recently constructed and 1 km further is the larger Shin-Takatsu hut. One of these should have space as long as you hike outside of the major holidays.
TAKATSU HUT (高塚小屋)
Sleeps: 20Building structure: Specially constructed cardboard building (rebuilt 2013)
SHIN-TAKATSU HUT (新高塚小屋)
Sleeps: 40Building structure: Wooden building
SHIKANOSAWA HUT (鹿之沢小屋)
Sleeps: 20Building structure: Stone-built
ISHIZUKA HUT (石塚小屋)
Sleeps: 40Building structure: Concrete-block building
An alternative to the huts if the weather closes in when around the high peaks, there are several cave like rock formations which provide shelter and some of them have plastic sheeting stored for emergencies.
For more information about Yakushima accommodation and hiking check out the one and only Yakushima: A Yakumonkey Guide
How much money per night are they? Also, is it possible to rent a house in Yakushima since there is no realty on the island itself?
Hello Chris, the huts are all free. If you mean short term holiday rentals - yes there are some, but if you mean long-term - it can be difficult finding a house available.Is it free?
What are the regulations on campfires? I plan on staying in the mountain huts and would like to cook my food. Of course I will use all the safety precautions: preparing the pit, building the fire, maintenance and extinguishing. Thanks again for your help.
Campfires are a big NO in the mountains. The huts lie within the national park but also within the UNESCO protection zone. It's not only the risk of fire but the damage done to the fragile ecosystem. If you want to cook your food, do what everyone else does and bring a camping stove. If not you can get into serious trouble. Have a great trip.Reserved my burner at Nakagawa along with a bunch of other gear. Thanks for the heads up. I figured as much but thought I would ask, just in case. I leave in a few days so I will look for the book when I arrive on the island.