Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Yakushima Hike in Style (4 days)

EXO Travel - Japan

Yalushima, Japan To Yakushima, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2020

Yakushima Hike in Style (4 days)

Day 1

Yalushima, Japan


Day 1
Yalushima, Japan
Sankara Hotel & Spa Dinner

Yakushima is a subtropical island located in the Southern area of Kyushu. Due to its geography and natural beauty, the island is a real paradise for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts.

This remarkable tiny little island is blanketed by an extensive cedar forest, and its giant trees --some of which are thousands of years old, are an impressive sight. Their presence and distinct scent will awaken the senses, contributing to its magical and mysterious atmosphere.

Located within a protected National Park, Yakushima has been declared a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site and constitutes a unique area of almost completely untouched nature and wilderness in Japan.

Upon arrival, a private driver will escort to Sankara Hotel and Spa where the rest of the day will be open to settle in and relax.

For dinner, enjoy a savory fine dining experience at an exclusive welcome dinner prepared by Sankara’s own chef. Dinner will feature local cuisine which entirely consists of seasonal ingredients and unique flavors which best represent the island. After dinner and some time to relax, get a restful sleep at the hotel.

Distance and journey time (approximation):

Itami Airport (ITM) to Yakushima Airport (KUM): 1.5 h

Fukuoka Airport (FUK) to Yakushima Airport (KUM): 1.h

Kagoshima Port to Miyanoura Port / Anbo Port: 2-2.5 h

Overnight in Tokyo at Sankara Hotel & Spa 5 Stars (Deluxe)

Day 2
Yakushima, Japan
Sankara Hotel & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend day two trekking the magical terrain of Mt. Kuromidake alongside an English-speaking guide. The 10-kilometre route can be traversed in around 8 hours and is an easy-to-intermediate path suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers alike. From the mountaintop there are breathtaking panoramic views of the island, its mountains, forests and coastlines.

During the hike, a few stops will be made in idyllic locations to rest and absorb the natural vistas that surround the trail. A longer break will be taken at the top of the mountain for lunch. Lunch will consist of a homemade bento (lunch box), prepared with local delicacies from the island that are as flavorful as they are healthy.

The itinerary is entirely flexible and can be altered to accommodate any other sites within the city.


Start (guided tour): 09:00 or 09:30

Duration: 8hrs

Overnight in Tokyo at Sankara Hotel & Spa 5 Stars (Deluxe)

Day 3
Yakushima, Japan
Sankara Hotel & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The third day of this tour will be spent being lavishly pampered after yesterday’s invigorating trek. Enjoy a full day at the spa or at leisure stroll around the Sankara grounds.

This spa experience is custom tailored and treatments are designed to provide the best possible results for individuals. Spa treatment rooms are spaciousja, fragrant, and provide an idyllic space for calm and healing with private rooms available.

Alternatively Itinerary:

Enjoy another day of hiking accompanied by the English-speaking guide. For some variety, this hike will follow the paths inside Yakushima’s dense forests and is less physically demanding.

Immersed in lush vegetation with equally beautiful views, absorb the sights, sounds, and fragrances of nature. The island’s enormous ancient cedar trees, often covered in green moss, create a unique sense of mystery and wonder.

During today’s hike, pass by the infamous Buddha sugi (1,800 years old) and Yamato sugi --two ancient cedars, which are 1,800 and 3,000 years old respectively.

Once again, take a rest for lunch and enjoy another delicious home-made bento.

Upon completion of this hike through the woods, a guide lead the way back to the hotel.

Trekking information:

Duration: 7-8 h

Distance: 8 km

Altitude: 1000-1200 m

Further options – Explore the Seas of Yakushima:

Not only a paradise for mountain and forest adventures, Yakushima is also the ideal place for marine activities; depending on the season, a wide range of marine activities such as sea kayaking, fishing, stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling and scuba diving can be arranged.

Overnight in Tokyo at Sankara Hotel & Spa 5 Stars (Deluxe)

Day 4
Yakushima, Japan
Sankara Hotel & Spa Breakfast, Lunch

Before leaving Yakushima this afternoon, there will still be time for some exciting activities and enjoyment of the island’s natural beauty.

Accompanied by a local guide, the morning will be spent visiting the Anbo River for a few hours of river kayaking. The tranquility of this calm river make it safe, even for absolute beginners.

Enjoy the beautiful vistas of the island from the river and keep an eye out for monkeys on the shore, as well as turtles swimming in the river.

After a bento lunch, head back to Yakushima’s airport or port by private car to continue on to the next adventure!

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Sure to please the senses of the most adept outdoors enthusiast, this Yakushima tour is brimming with adventure and time for deep relaxation courtesy of the Sankara Hotel. Savor locally home made delicacies during a trek, and fine dining by night. This tour is the best of both worlds --the rustic beauty of the nature that surrounds, and all the comforts of a 5-star hotel. This Yakushima UNESCO Heritage Site adventure is not one to be missed!

What's Included


  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

    Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

    Return transfers to the airport by private vehicle.

  • English-speaking guide for tours on Days 2 and 4.

    All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary on Days 2 and 4

  • Information pack

    Exclusive and personalized gifts

Not Included

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately)

    Transfer to/from the meeting place (guided tour) to/from the hotel and some local transport (e.g. local city buses, taxi transfers, etc.)

  • Meals other than mentioned above

    Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)

  • Travel insurance (please see below)

    Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2017

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Fun and well-planned trip in Japan

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Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2017

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Reviewed on: 08 May 2018

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Tour guide and itinerary

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Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2019

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Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2019

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Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2019

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room for improvement.

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Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2019

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