YES Yakushima guide team


Steve comes from England and he arrived to Japan (Tottori Prefecture) in 1999. After visiting Yakushima in 2008, Steve & his wife moved to the island in 2010. He is the proud father of two daughters.

Steve`s outdoor lifestyle began when he was 11 when his science teacher (Mr Linn) would regularly take students out hiking in Northumberland, UK. From then on, hiking and camping became an obsession and it finally led him to fulfill his dream by living in Nepal and undertaking numerous Himalayan adventures. Steve considers the less strenuous life as a Yakushima guide as a privilege and he enjoys explaining the beauties of his home – Yakushima.

Steve`s interests are things historical and botanical. When not guiding on Yakushima he makes furniture in his workshop using the local sugi and tends to his chickens!


Brian comes from the United States of America (Massachusetts) and he studied Japanese at college. Brian arrived to Yakushima in 2015 and with his wife they have a son, a dog, some cats & chickens. When not guiding on Yakushima then Brian can be found in his gardens and amongst soil. His pastime includes playing the Japanese flute (shakuhachi).

Brian has a vehicle that runs on vegetable cooking oil and he is always happy to explain the technology.

More about Brian will be coming to this page in the near future.


Mike comes from England and he arrived in Japan in 2012 and moved straight to one of the smallest inhabited islands in Japan – Geruma Island in Okinawa. The island has a population of 50 people!
Mike lived on Geruma for 6 years where operated a small business. The Okinawan islands offered the idyllic “relaxed” lifestyle, but without mountains there was a big void in his life.

Mike spent a season as a Mount Fuji guide. The challenges of becoming a Yakushima guide beckoned and Mike moved to Yakushima in 2018 with his wife and son.

When Mike is not guiding in the forests and mountains of Yakushima then he goes trail running in the forest and mountains of Yakushima! He also enjoys kayak-fishing, music, food and drink.