It is possible to fly direct to the bustling airport (see photo) of Yakushima from Osaka, Fukuoka and Kagoshima. To fly from Tokyo you would need to change planes in Kagoshima. Wherever you fly from then you have only one choice of air company: JAC aka Japan Air Commuter (a member of the JAL group).
As the flight times change frequently then we cannot list the up-to-date timetable. Please check the ENGLISH JAL website for the current timetable.
By air from Kagoshima
There are multiple flights per day between Kagoshima Airport and Yakushima Airport. Flight duration is 35 minutes. The regular one way fare is 14,000 yen, but discount fares are available for around 10,000 yen. Flights are operated by Japan Air Commuter (JAC). Note that Kagoshima Airport is located almost one hour outside the city center.
Kagoshima – Yakushima Distance 102 miles Flight Time: 35m
By air from Osaka
Japan Air Commuter operates one round trip per day between Osaka's Itami Airport and Yakushima. Flight duration is around 90 minutes. The regular one way fare is around 34,000 yen with discount fares available for around 26,000 yen. (How to get to Osaka). The Itami airport is around an hour away from Kansai airport if you take the airport shuttle bus.
Osaka (Itami) – Yakushima Distance 402 miles Flight Time: 1 hr 35m
Japan Air Commuter operates one round trip per day between Fukuoka and Yakushima. Flight duration is about one hour. The regular one way fare is 24,000 yen, but discount fares are usually available from around 18,000 yen. (How to get to Fukuoka).