by sea

By sea, there are three transport options to the island, the Toppy or Rocket hydrofoil (2.5hrs) the Yaku 2 car ferry (4 – 4.5 hrs) or the overnight freight ferry: The Hibiscus (13 hours). Keep reading for more details about each one:

By Toppy or Rocket hydrofoil

toppyOne of the most popular ways to get to Yakushima is by the Toppy or Rocket hydrofoil service.There are around eight round trips daily between Kagoshima's high speed ferry terminal and Yakushima (Miyanoura or Anbo Port). Some travel directly to the island, but others go via the neighboring Tanegashima Island. The one way ride takes 2-3 hours depending on stops and he one way fare costs 8,400 yen. A round trip ticket costs 15,000 yen and the return journey must be used within seven days. If travelling in the high season, at the weekend or during national holidays such as Golden Week or Obon, then pre-booking your tickets is strongly recommended. This can be done online as long as you can navigate the Japanese website. 

YES offers a free reservation service for your Toppy tickets. The offer is available if you either book a tour with YES or book over 40,000 Yen of services from the YES yakushima listings. Interested? Contact YES

In the case of typhoons or very high waves then the service may be delayed or cancelled.  If you are concerned whether your scheduled jetfoil will depart or not then check this linkA circle next to the timetable means it will depart on time; a triangle means it may be delayed or cancelled and  means that the ferry is cancelled.

March 11th 2017 to Sep 18th, 2017 Summer timetable(Toppy&Rocket)

No Departure from Kagoshima Yakushima Arrival Arrival Port No Departure From Yakushima Kagoshima Arrival Departure Port
111 07:30 10:10 Miyanoura via Tanegashima 121 07:00 09:35 Anbo via Tanegashima
112 07:45 09:45 Miyanoura via Ibusuki 112 10:00 12:45 Miyanoura via Tanegashima
*123 09:10 11:45 Miyanoura via Tanegashima 111 10:45 12:35 Miyanoura
114 10:20 13:05 Anbo via Tanegashima *123 12:00 14:40 Miyanoura via Tanegashima
115 12:00 13:50 Miyanoura 114 13:30 15:30 Anbo
117 13:20 15:10 Miyanoura 115 16:00 18:40 Miyanoura via Tanegashima
118 16:00 18:30 Anbo via Tanegashima 117 17:00 19:05 Miyanoura via Ibusuki

* 123 ferry sails ONLY between April 29th – May 7th 2017 & July 22nd – August 20th 2017

 

Sept 19th 2017 to Nov 30th, 2017 Autumn timetable(Toppy&Rocket)

No Departure from Kagoshima Yakushima Arrival Arrival Port No Departure From Yakushima Kagoshima Arrival Departure Port
111 07:30 10:10 Miyanoura via Tanegashima 121 07:00 09:35 Anbo via Tanegashima
112 07:45 09:45 Miyanoura via Ibusuki 112 10:00 12:45 Miyanoura via Tanegashima
114 10:00 12:45 Anbo via Tanegashima 111 10:45 12:35 Miyanoura
115 12:00 13:50 Miyanoura 114 13:30 15:30 Anbo
117 13:20 15:10 Miyanoura 115 15:40 18:20 Miyanoura via Tanegashima
118 15:00 17:30 Anbo via Tanegashima 117 16:00 18:05 Miyanoura via Ibusuki

Dec 1st 2016 to March 10th, 2017 Winter Timetable(Toppy&Rocket)

No Departure from Kagoshima Yakushima Arrival Arrival Port No Departure From Yakushima Kagoshima Arrival Departure Port
111 07:30 10:10 Miyanoura via Tanegashima 121 07:00 09:35 Anbo via Tanegashima
112 07:45 09:45 Miyanoura via Ibusuki 112 10:00 12:45 Miyanoura via Tanegashima
114 10:00 12:45 Anbo via Tanegashima 111 10:45 12:35 Miyanoura
117 13:20 15:10 Miyanoura 114 13:30 15:30 Anbo
118 15:00 17:30 Anbo via Tanegashima 125 15:40 18:40 Miyanoura via Tanegashima/Ibusuki

 


By Yaku 2 car ferry 

yaku 2 ferryThe Yaku 2 car ferry leaves every morning from Kagoshima New Port (just south of the main Kagoshima Port) to Miyanoura Port on Yakushima.  It returns to Kagoshima in the afternoon. The one way sailing takes four hours and costs 4,900 yen.  A return ticket costs 8,900 yen. The cost for bringing an average sized car onto the ferry is about 33,000 – 39,000 yen return.  You can also bring pets or bicycles on this ferry, though there is a fee for both.

The Yakushima 2 ferry leaves Kagoshima at 08:30am and arrives at Miyanoura Port at 12:30.  The return voyage leaves Miyanoura at 13:30 and arrives at Kagoshima at about 17:40.  For more details see the Yakushima 2 Ferry website.


By the Hibiscus overnight freight ferry

hibiscus ferryAnother option is to take the Hibiscus freight overnight ferry. This leaves Kagoshima at 18:00 and arrives at Miyanoura Port the next morning at 07:00.  The ferry stays overnight in the Tanegashima Port, but Yakushima passengers cannot disembark.  The return journey leaves Miyanoura at 08:10 and arrives at Kagsoshima at about 14:40.  Return fares are 7,200 yen and cars can be booked onto the ferry.  For more details visit the Hibiscus website.