Kayaking Anbo River in Yakushima

Hire a local JMGA certified mountain guide and a National Certified Tour guide, Junichi, to explore the remote part of the island of Yakushima!




Trip Duration

1/2 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


    Welcome to Yakushima!

    Yakushima is one of the islands of Japan, located to the south of Kagoshima, which is at the southern tip of Kyushu island. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an island with rich nature left in its wild state, and coexisting with small local settlements. It is also known for being the inspiration for the movie “Princess Mononoke” from Studio Ghibli.

    Come and experience the wild island of Japan, full of moss green blessed with heavenly showers, an island of botanical treasure and ancient forests..!

    Why not paddle into the wilderness of Yakushima, in the emerald green and crystal clear Anbo river!? A half day tour for you to enjoy Yakushima from a different perspective!

    Technical / Fitness Level:
    Suitable for all levels.

    Included in Price:-
    Guide Fee

    Excluded from Price:-
    Any transportation cost (flight, ferry to get to the island)

    How to get to Yakushima?
    Tokyo-Kagoshima 1h35 by air (JAL / ANA / SKY / Jetstar)
    Osaka-Kagoshima 1h10 by air (JAL / ANA / peach)
    Osaka-Yakushima 1h30 by air (JAL)
    Fukuoka-Kagoshima 2h10 by JR (Shinkansen)
    Fukuoka-Yakushima 1h10 by air (JAL)

    30min by air (JAL)
    2h30 by jetfoil (Toppy / ROCKET)
    4h by ferry (YAKUSHIMA 2)

    I will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and drop you off at the end of the day.
    Paddling for 3.5 hours.

    Yakushima is hot and humid in the summer with temperatures rising up to 27c or so in July / Aug but in high altitude places like Mt Tachu the temperature is lower. Nevertheless, there are breezes coming from both the ocean and the mountain, which makes it more comfortable.

    We do get typhoons in Yakushima between May and October, often followed by cancellation of transportations. In this case, we can advise you on what you should do so please don’t worry too much!

    Kit List:
    – Waterproof jacket and trousers
    – Own drinks
    – (Travel Insurance)
    I will provide you with the following items:
    – Kayaks and paddles
    – Special boots
    – Life jacket
    – Waterproof, water tight bag

    An important note:
    We all want to preserve the nature and the beauty of Yakushima, and that includes the water that locals use as well. The national park therefore asks all visitors not to urinate freely but to take a portable toilet with you for use when there are no public toilets available. Portable toilets are sold at JPY 550. I greatly appreciate your understanding, and for respecting the nature of Yakushima and the locals.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    15000 JPY

    Group of 2
    11000 JPY

    Group of 3
    10000 JPY

    Group of 4
    9000 JPY


    Price includes


      Other details


      There is a variety of accommodation, guest house, hotels in Japanese style, or occidental style, and their price varies.

      Here are a list of hotels that are often chosen by visitors:

      -Seaside hotel Yakushima (Miyanoura)

      -Yakushima Youth Hostel (Miyanoura)

      -Yakushima Green Hotel (Anbo)

      -Guesthouse Manmaru (Anbo)

      -Sankara hotel & spa Yakushima (between Anbo and Onoaida)

      -Shikinoyado Yakushima (Onoaida)

      -JR Hotel Yakushima (Onoaida)

      -Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel (Onoaida)

      -Yakushima South Village (between Onoaida and Kurio)

      More info

      If you are a group of 5 of more people, please ask me for the price!


      About the Guide


      I am a JMGA certified hiking guide and a National Certified Tour Guide, living locally in Yakushima since 1998. I have always been passionate about the nature and the outdoors, and have also attended a park ranger school in Canada, where I rediscovered the beauty of the Japanese nature. Upon my return to Japan, I learnt about eco tourism in Yakushima, which is when I packed all my belongings on a van and moved there. Since then, I have been guiding in Yakushima and have attended thousands of visitors up to this day.

      Many guests have told me that travelling with a guide is much more secure, informative and fun. The chance to communicate with the true locals is the real charm of the trip. I’ll do my best to make your time in Yakushima memorable and unforgettable!

      I look forward to welcoming you and sharing the natural beauty of Yakushima with you, and the Japanese culture itself that is deeply related to its nature.

      If I cannot guide the tour then my friend guide Akihiro (http://www.explore-share.com/mountain-guide/akihiro-wada/) will guide you.




      What People are Saying about Junichi Aida


      We had a fantastic guided tour and the guide was very accommodating to our needs, the overall service of the Explore-Share was also very good but i did have problems making the upgrade from one person trip to two person by myself but that was fixed fast via e-mail.
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      Gunnar Olsen

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