5 highly rated hotels in a World Heritage Site, Yakushima

Yakushima is an island designated as a world heritage site surrounded by abundant nature, such as the Jomon Sugi, a tree that is said to be about 7,200 years old. Many people from both within and out of Japan come visit as the island is known as a mysterious power spot. Here are 5 specially selected accommodation areas in Yakushima which have received favorable reviews!

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1. Yakushima Green Hotel

This hotel sits at a spot gazing over the Pacific Ocean, with a row of majestic mountains in the background. This hotel comes with an open-air as well as a rock bath and a restaurant with an ocean view. Each of the rooms aside from the single type offers a full view of the ocean, as well as that of the sunrise over the horizon. The hotel offers a triple room for 3 people as well as a Japanese-style tatami room among many others. The whole hotel offers free Wi-Fi.

Accommodation Fee
Basic Fee: 11,880 JPY (incl. tax) and above for 1 person


This is a popular pension where many foreign guests come to stay. The hotel is located at the east by the Anbo area, which is a convenient spot for trekking, as well as for visiting the Jomon Sugi tree. You may avail of different types of rooms here such as the single type, twin, semi-suite and a Japanese-style tatami room. There are two baths in the accommodation. The heart-shaped hot tub where you may take your time to relax is popular among guests. Each room also comes with free Wi-Fi. There are staff that speak English and Spanish.

Accommodation Fee
Basic Fee: 7,000 JPY (excl. tax) and above for 1 person
Elementary School Student: 4,500 JPY (excl. tax) for 1 person ※Children below elementary school age may stay for free (no bedding provided)

3. Sudomari Minshuku Friend

This hotel is located at a convenient spot for tourism at the center of Miyanoura. This is a popular accommodation for those looking for interaction with other guests as well as the locals of the island, despite the place only offering a simple stay without any meals provided. Sudomari Minshuku Friend offers a Japanese-style room, a dormitory type, and others that come with a loft. The communal areas include the lounge, the bathroom (with towels, shampoo, hair dryer), a coin operated laundry area, the sinks, and the kitchen. The whole place has free Wi-Fi available. There are staff that speak English.

Accommodation Fee: 3,000 JPY (excl. tax) for 1 person
Single Room for 1 person: 3,500 JPY (excl. tax) ※You may be advised to stay at a shared room in case there are too many guests
Elementary School and Below: 2,000 JPY (excl. tax) for 1 person ※Children who do not need separate bedding may stay for free.

4. Yakushima Pension Ichigoichie

This is a pension located in the middle of nature. The interior of the accommodation was constructed to make you feel the warmth of the trees and ensures you a relaxing stay. The menu they offer here consists of local, organic dishes made by the owner who is a qualified nutritionist. Yakushima Pension Ichigoichie offers a twin room, a triple room for 3 guests, and a Japanese-style room. The whole accommodation area offers free Wi-Fi.

Accommodation Fee
Basic Fee: 5,000 JPY for 2 to 3 people in 1 room (simple stay on weekdays)

5. Pension Skyview

This pension prides itself on the view it offers, towering over the Miyanoura Bay and the town of Miyanoura, which serve as the entrance to the Yakushima area. You may opt for a room that comes with a regular bed or a Japanese-style room. The communal areas include the terrace with benches, where you may gaze upon the beautiful view of the mountains and sea.

Accommodation Fee
Basic Fee: 5,500 JPY and above for 1 person

You may access Yakushima from Itami Airport in Osaka or Fukuoka Airport, via the direct flight that only flies once a day.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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