about YES! Yakushima

Welcome to YES! Yakushima English Service

The only Yakushima English site you will need!

YES! Yakushima offer a range of Yakushima tours in English and a  free booking service  to help you arrange your accommodation, activities, rental goods on the island.  We also have travel, transport and tourism-related information that will help you have an unforgettable trip to the this unique World Heritage Island paradise.
The co-founder of YES! Yakushima – Steve (the other co-founder being Helen) – moved to Yakushima in early 2011 and continues to live on the island with his family.  Steve has lived in Japan since 1999.  YES! Yakushima began operating in 2012 and in the years since we began operating the number of foreign visitors coming to Yakushima has risen dramatically.  Helen left Yakushima in 2015 and now operates the Kumamoto English tour and information company – Explore Kumamoto.
According to the highly influential travel site – Tripadvisor – YES! Yakushima are ranked as the No1 English tour guide company on Yakushima and the staff of YES! Yakushima take great pride in this status.  The YES guides deliver professional, informative and fun tours that will make a difference to your visit to Yakushima. Rather than spend a few paragraphs singing our own praises, we would rather our past guests do this for us, so please take a look at our reviews and contact YES if you`d like to book a YES tour.
The island of Yakushima is off the beaten track, stunningly beautiful and one of the most un-spoilt and pristine environments you can visit in Japan.  The only downside is that it's not the easiest place to get to and with our local knowledge we can arrange your trip so that you are not staying in a hotel that is on the other side of the island where you would like to go hiking.  This is where YES! Yakushima step in….

The aim of YES! Yakushima is to help make Yakushima more accessible to international visitors by offering up-to-date Yakushima-related tourist information in English. We want to help international travellers access all the great services on the island and that's why we offer a FREE  YES! Yakushima  booking service. We also aim to fully support our island and so by booking with YES! Yakushima instead of the usual international booking agents (who take a commission from your booking fee) then ALL of your booking fee enters our local economy and helps our island.  We hope that these two reasons alone are enough to convince you that booking with YES! Yakushima is the right choice.



When you contact YES for a booking enquiry then we ask guests NOT to make bookings with other organizations as this leads to double bookings and associated problems.  Your enquiry will receive a personal response and we shall aim to find the right accommodation for your budget and activity itinerary on Yakushima.   

Whether it is booking accommodation, an activity an island tour, a hiking guide, rental equipment just click on contact us and mail us your requirements.

We've also got lots of information about Yakushima, how to get here and what you can do here.  Check out Yakushima maps to find out where everywhere is and get printable English maps of the local towns. Find the bus timetable in English on our Yakushima Links.

Check out our information on eating out, shopping and emergency services.

YES can also make getting to Yakushima a little easier by reserving your Toppy & Rocket hydro-foil tickets.  This hydro-foil reservation service is available if you take a YES Guided Tour or book over 40,000 yen of services from the YES! Yakushima Services (eg hotel, car rental, activity etc).  Contact YES for more details.

If you only have a few days on Yakushima and would like to see and do as much as possible then YES can design a tour package to suit you.  YES can design tour packages for individuals, families as well as larger groups.  We even arrange tours for large cruise ships visiting the island with over 100 guests. 

Finally, we really do encourage visitors to Yakushima to consider a YES tour as these tours reveal so much about this island: its ecology, history and culture.  Booking your YES tour will leave you in no doubt that you have experienced a very special island – see comments from previous guests on our Tripadvisor page.

  Contact YES for more details.