Transport to and from Yakushima 2016


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BY AIR




1. VIA KAGOSHIMA

JAL operates a JAC propellor plane 5 times a day from Kagoshima airport and the flight takes around 35 mins to cover 102 miles. The route south flies over Sakurajima volcano and offers wonderful views.

One way: 13,900 yen
Return: 26,500 yen


Current schedule up to March 2015: (subject to seasonal changes - check their website for details)



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Kagoshima Yakushima
08.45 09.20
10.50 11.25
12.35 13.10
13.55 14.30
16.15 16.55
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Yakushima Kagoshima
09.45 10.20
11.50 12.25
14.05 14.40
16.45 17.20
17.45 18.20

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 2. VIA OSAKA

Transport to Yakushima was until very recently exclusively through the city of Kagoshima but Yakushima now has a daily direct flight to Itami, Osaka. (Distance travelled is 402 miles)


A 74 seater DH8-Q400 will take passengers between Itami, Osaka and Yakushima on the following daily schedule:


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Osaka (Itami Yakushima
10.35 12.10
Yakushima Osaka (Itami)
14.55 16.15

Prices: Adult One way: 34,200 yen / Adult Return: 31,100 yen

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3. VIA FUKUOKA


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Fukuoka Yakushima
14.15 15.10
Yakushima Fukuoka
14.55 16.15

Prices: Adult One way: 25,900 yen / Adult Return: 23,300 yen

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BY SEA

BY JETFOIL


Yakushima jet foil

The ‘Rocket’ jetfoil and the ‘Toppy’ jetfoil now belong to one company (Tane-Yaku Jet foil) and so have the same check-in desks and an integrated timetable:

Single: 9,100 yen 

Return:15,500  yen

A local Travel agency now has a booking service for Toppy tickets. They will reserve the tickets for you in advance for a 500 yen fee. This is great news if you can't read the Japanese Toppy webpage. They have an English page here.


Here is the timetable from mid September 2015 to  March 11th 2016:



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Kagoshima via Yakushima
7.30 Tanegashima 10.10
7.45 Ibusuki 09.45



10.00 Tanegashima 12.40 (Anbo)
12.00 NOT 1/12-11/3 13.45
13.20
15.10
15.00 Tanegashima 17.30 (Anbo)
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Yakushima via Kagoshima
7.00 (Anbo) Tanegashima 09.35
10.00 Tanegashima 12.45
10.45
12.35



13.30 (Anbo)
15.30
15.40 Tanegashima
Ibusuki
18.20
16.00 Ibusuki 18.05

Here is the timetable from March 12th 2016 to  September 13th 2016:

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KagoshimaviaYakushima
7.30Tanegashima10.10
7.45Ibusuki09.45



10.20Tanegashima13.00 (Anbo)
12.00
13.50
13.20
15.10
16.00Tanegashima18.30 (Anbo)

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YakushimaviaKagoshima
7.00 (Anbo)Tanegashima09.35
10.00Tanegashima12.45
10.45
12.35



13.30 (Anbo)
15.30
16.00Tanegashima
Ibusuki
18.40
17.15Ibusuki19.15
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Check this site for up-to-date timetables:




If there is bad weather and the wave height goes over 3 metres the jetfoils may be cancelled. Be prepared. If the worst does happen and it is cancelled, a refund is given. If they are cancelled due to bad weather, try the ferry (see below) as it often still runs when the jetfoils are cancelled or take the plane which rarely cancels.

BY FERRY


 

1. FERRY YAKUSHIMA 2


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Kagoshima Yakushima Kagoshima
08.30 12.30

13.30 17.40


(2nd class) Single: 4,900 yen Return: 8,900 yen

(Golden Week [27th April - 7th May]; Obon [10th August -16th August] - Return: 10,400 yen)





The ferry is large and comfortable and provides a carpeted area to lie down. If you have the time, it is the best way to arrive.

If you take a car the following charges apply:





2. YAKUSHIMA FERRY HIBISCUS



Note: The Yakushima Maru ferry line was discontinued on 31 Jan 2012. It was replaced with the old Hibiscus service. It's cheap but there's a reason for that - check out the timetable!



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Kagoshima Tanekashima Yakushima
18.00 21.40

05.10 07.00
Yakushima Tanekashima Kagoshima
08.20 10.10

11.00 14.40


Single: 3,500 yen Return: 7,200 yen


The price of taking a car is slightly less than Ferry Yakushima 2.



Here is what the ferry looks like inside:



For more information about Yakushima - check out the one and only Yakumonkey Guide to Yakushima

Yakushima Guide book