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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!

Duration1/2 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Type of tripNot 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.


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

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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 ( will guide you.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 15464 each

Group of 2

JPY 12372 each

Group of 3

JPY 11341 each

Group of 4

JPY 10310 each

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