YAKUSHIMA GUIDE BOOK UPDATE 2018

The following are important changes to the published information for 2018:

ARAKAWA MOUNTAIN BUS

NEW PRICES
Adults: ¥1,380 return, ¥690 one way + donation of ¥1,000 for 1 day or ¥2,000 for 2+ days

Children: ¥700 return, ¥350 one way (No added donation)
When you buy your bus ticket the donation amount will be added on the total amount you pay. So for example if you take a day trip to Jomon Sugi, you pay ¥1,380 for the return bus trip and ¥1,000 donation, so the total to pay is ¥2,380. If you are staying overnight in a hut or if you plan a longer trip over more than one day, then you would pay the bus + ¥2,000 donation.


If the bus is cancelled, you can get a full refund from the first 4 offices listed below. You can also get a refund if you cancel for personal reasons (but in this case the donation is not refundable).

You can buy a bus ticket for the Arakawa Mountain Bus at the following places:

ARAKAWA MOUNTAIN BUS TICKET SALES & REFUNDS
  • Miyanoura Tourist Information Center
  • Anbo Tourist Information Center  9:00-18:00  TEL: 0997-46-2333
  • Airport Tourist Information Center 8:30-18:00 TEL: 0997-49-4010
  • Arakawa Mountain Bus stop at Yakusugi Shizenkan Museum in Anbo 4:00-17:00 TEL: 0997-46-3317
ARAKAWA MOUNTAIN BUS TICKET SALES ONLY (NO REFUNDS PROCESSED)
  • Yakushima Kanko Center in Miyanoura 8:00-19:00 TEL: 0997-42-0091
  • Mori-no-kirameki in Anbo 9:00-19:00 TEL: 0997-49-7101
  • JR Hotel Yakushima in Onoaida TEL: 0997-47-2011
  • Sankara Hotel and Spa in Mugio TEL: 0997-47-3488
  • Seaside Hotel in Miyanoura TEL: 0997-42-0175
  • Tashiro Bekkan in Miyanoura TEL: 0997-42-0018

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTERS

  • p.40 Miyanoura Tourist Information Center is inside Yakushima Environmental Culture Village Center near Miyanoura Port, which is bus stop 21.
  • p. 40 Anbo Tourist Information Center is inside ECOTOWN AWAHO which is across the road from Anbo port. It is bus stop 64 or 65.

HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS: DONATION

As mentioned in the previous section, there is a donation fee which is payable when you hike in the mountains. This is the Mountain Environmental Conservation Donation program and the purpose of this fund-raising program is for environmental conservation and to assure user safety by maintaining the trails and the facilities in the mountains.

When you pay the donation of ¥1,000 (for 1 day) or ¥2,000 (for 2+ days) to this program, you are given a ticket and a stamped wooden token which entitles you to offers from participating businesses around Yakushima within a month of the date of the stamp.

You can donate at these sites in the mountains
  • Yodogawa Trail Entrance
  • Shiratani Unsuikyo
  • Arakawa Trail Entrance
Or at these sites before/after you go
  • Yakushima Tourism Association
  • Tourist Information Center
  • Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Village Center,
  • When purchasing the Arakawa Mountain Bus tickets

BUSINESSES & SERVICES

These businesses have changed owners/moved:
  • p.60 AIKOTEI restaurant / p.45 AIRPORT Hotel are now RAKUSA Hotel
  • p.60 LA MONSTERA is now a breakfast cafe
  • p.80 WARUNG KARANG has moved to Anbo
These businesses have different opening hours:
  • p.46 M MART (Koseda) opens at 07.00
  • p.46 SOME’S opens 08:00-20:00
  • p.46 TANAKA SEIKA 09:00-20:00 TEL: 0997 49 7177
These businesses are now closed:
  • p.46 AI SHOP IMAMURA
  • p.54 WANRON
  • p.62 SHIMASHIMA KITCHEN
  • p.64 BANRAIKEN
  • p.69 SUGI-NO-CHAYA 
  • p.71 MUIGOKKO 
  • p.79 MOCHOMU VIEW TONE
These prices have changed:
  • p.104 Disposable Toilet Kit is ¥500 (1) and ¥700 (2)
  • p.48 Baggage forwarding costs ¥550 per item
These services are added/removed:
  • p.48 No coin lockers in Furusato Ichiba
  • p.48 Sagawa Express forward baggage on Yakushima for ¥500 per item
  • p. 105 Mountain Guide: The tourist information centers will help you find a professional guide with the correct training and competence. Call or visit at least 2 days in advance. TEL: 0997 49 4010.