The water is so pure on Yakushima that even the estuaries are crystal clear. It is possible to river kayak all year round and it's a great way to experience the nature of Yakushima. The most popular kayaking river is on the Anbo River. (安房). A river kayak trip starts from Anbo village and takes you upstream for a kilometres or so just past the Matsumine Bridge. Once you reach the bridge then many tours will stop for lunch, take a rest or a dip before they paddle leisurely back down towards the sea. The river is wide and calm, meandering slowly between deep-forested valley walls. It is safe and suitable for even complete kayaking novices. Keep your eyes and ears open and you may well spot monkeys feeding in the canopy close to the river or even sea turtles swimming upstream.
River kayaking is also possible along the Miyanoura River (宮之浦) and the Kurio River (栗生). A river kayak activity usually takes up to half a day. Look at our Yakushima maps page to locate the rivers where you can kayak.
If you'd like to book a guide then contact YES and we'll be happy to arrange your river kayak trip. A half day tour is 7,000 yen per person on the Miyanoura River and 8,000 yen per person on the Anbo River. Sea kayaking is also a popular activity on Yakushima.