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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!


1/2 Day

All year


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” by 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

– 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 transportation. In this case, we can advise you on what you should do.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Snacks

Price details

- Consumption tax of 10% included

- If you are a group of 5 or more people, please ask me for the pricing information!

Equipment you will need to bring

- Waterproof jacket and trousers - Own drinks - (Travel Insurance) I will provide you with the following items: - Kayaks and paddles - Special boots - Life jacket - Waterproof, watertight bag

About the guide

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Mountain 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.


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What people are saying about Junichi



Junichi has been fantastic! Patient and helpful, he took time to answer all my questions. His passion and appreciation for Yakushima and its natural wonders shines through when he shares his knowledge about the island and its inhabitants. Super grateful to have had such an experienced guide who provided useful tips to make the most out of my hikes.



Having traveled to yakushima and Jun as a tour guide was one of the best decisions we made for this trip to Japan. Jun provided us with a lot of fun facts and in depth knowledge of the ecosystem on the island. Stuff that you would not find out travelling by yourself! Also, we felt very safe with an expert by our side because the weather could change rapid on the island. It was an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend Jun as your tour guide.



The tour was owsome and I'm really thankfull to Junichi for his guidance, his ability to spot frogs, insect's pouches etc., his recommendations for the next day and his willingness to answer my questions ,even after the tour. Thanks, Haya



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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