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Yakushima, Kagoshima-ken, Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Yakushima?

You should plan to spend around $119 (¥17,799) per day on your vacation in Yakushima. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $28 (¥4,255) on meals
  • $50 (¥7,517) on local transportation
  • $121 (¥18,015) on hotels

A one week trip to Yakushima for two people costs, on average, $1,669 (¥249,192). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Yakushima cost?

A one week trip to Yakushima usually costs around $834 (¥124,596) for one person and $1,669 (¥249,192) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Yakushima on average costs around $1,669 (¥249,192) for one person and $3,338 (¥498,385) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Yakushima will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Yakushima on average costs around $3,576 (¥533,984) for one person and $7,152 (¥1,067,967) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Yakushima has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Yakushima expensive to visit?

Prices in Yakushima are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Yakushima is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Asia for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Yakushima is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Yakushima Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Yakushima?

The average Yakushima trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Yakushima travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥18,015 ($121)
Local Transportation 1 ¥7,517 ($50)
Food 2 ¥4,255 ($28)
Entertainment 1 ¥3,116 ($21)
Alcohol 2 ¥489 - 1,466 ($3 - 10)
Accommodation Budget in Yakushima
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Yakushima is $60 (¥9,007). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Yakushima is $121 (¥18,015). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Yakushima

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Yakushima based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $139. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Yakushima
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Yakushima is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $50 (¥7,517) per person, per day, on local transportation in Yakushima.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Yakushima
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Rental Cars in Yakushima
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Food Budget in Yakushima
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Yakushima can vary, the average cost of food in Yakushima is $28 (¥4,255) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Yakushima should cost around $11 (¥1,702) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Yakushima is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Yakushima
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Yakushima typically cost an average of $21 (¥3,116) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Yakushima
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $6.54 (¥977) on alcoholic beverages in Yakushima per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Yakushima On a Budget
Yakushima Yakkushima, Japan
Yakushima, Japan is a UNESCO World Heritage island located north of Okinawa and off the south east of of Kyushu. The island is well-known to Japanese tourists but not so much to international ones, making it a bit of a hidden gem to international tourists. This also means that English isn't spoken as much as in larger cities, so make sure to brush up on your Japanese and bring a dictionary.

Yakushima's terrain is very mountainous and tends to attract a lot of rain; so much so that over half of the year sees measurable rain pour making it one of the rainiest areas in Japan. The rainy season runs from June to mid-July, and a month later, typhoon season begins lasting until early October. Don't let this scare you off though, the Island is not always covered in rain and sees many days of sunshine, especially in August which is considered tourist season. If you prefer a better chance at staying dry, October and November are great times to visit while still being warm enough to hike the mountains.
The Island itself is a sight to behold, especially with the ancient cedar trees and huge forests. Before you head out for a hike though, check out the Yakusugi Museum which has photos and hands-on exhibits that explain the Island's natural beauty and history of the logging industry. The museum even has a section of a 1,660-year-old yakusugi cedar tree that you can touch!

There are two gardens to explore on the Island as well: Yakushima Fruit Garden and the Shitogo Gajumaru-en Banyan Garden. The Yakushima Fruit Garden is, as you could have guessed, a garden filled with fruit trees and plants. Seasonal fruit here includes papayas, mango, guava, and star fruit, all of which are available to eat or drink. The Shitogo Garden is home to 300-year-old Banyn trees and sub-tropical plants placed in a park setting, making for a great picnic spot.
Seeing as the population is fairly small, around 14,000 people, the Island does not have many large towns. There are two main port cities on the island, Miyanoura and Anbo, where you'll find many restaurants, accommodations, and car rentals. The city of Yakushima on the north east side of the island is another popular destination with restaurants and accommodations. Yakushima is also home to the tourist office on the island, called Yakushima English Services, or YES.

Yakushima is famous for their terrain that has been almost entirely untouched by mankind, creating a woodland wonderland enclosing the walking trails. The forests even acted as inspiration for animator Hayao Miyazaki's epic Princess Mononoke. Most people take advantage of this beauty by taking long hikes throughout the mountains. There are a variety of hiking trails ranging in difficulty, the top three are: Jamon sugi, Shirantani Unsuikyo, and the trails of Yakusugiland. Jamon sugi is by far the most difficult and most famous, primarily for being home to the oldest tree on the island. The Shiratani forest and Yakusugiland trails are fairly easy and far more picturesque than their more famous counterpart.

Aside from hiking, there are a few white sand beaches on the Island, it is recommended that you only swim where life guards are present. If you choose otherwise, swim with caution as currents can be quite strong in some areas. There are also some good scuba diving spots, especially off Nagata-no-hama beach which has a small reef system. You can also canoe down the huge rivers that run through the Island.
Food and Dining
The specialties on Yakushima are flying fish and tankan and ponkan oranges. You'll also find plenty of fresh seafood options, ranging from sushi to rice bowls. A popular spot for locals is Kamogawa restaurant which offers an English menu that includes a great fish dinner. The area is also known for their shochu production, especially the Mitake brand which is offered in 25% and 32% options.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

Plane or ferry are the best ways to get onto the island. Due to the small population, the bus options here are few and far between. Your best option is to rent a car or scooter, though international licenses are required to rent anything with a motor. Having a car with be extremely helpful when trying to navigate through the Island and can take you to some destinations that would otherwise be difficult to reach on foot.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.