TanegashimaKagoshima prefecture, south of Kyushu.
A taxi to Nishiomote costs about ¥6000.
By ferryThe "Toppy" (トッピー) and "Rocket" (ロケット) Jetfoil ferries (formerly two separate companies) can be taken from Kagoshima; 4-6 of them take 1 hr 35 min, one of them takes 2 hours and stops in Isubuki, and one takes 3 hr 15 min and stops in Yakushima on its way back to Kagoshima. They cost ¥7100 (as of Dec 2016, -50% for kids, small discount for return tickets). Regular ferry as well as jet foil ferry services are cancelled in case of bad weather (waves more than 3 meters high). It is also better to make a reservation at least the day before, some boats can be fully booked.
Timetables are available on this page (Japanese; Kagoshima: , Tanegashima: ). Before your departure, you can see the traffic situation on this other page. The important symbols are: "○" (normal traffic), "△" (under condition) "※" (unknown), "欠" (cancelled) and "－" (not in operation).
The Princess Wakasa car ferry runs once daily (3.5 hours, ¥3,700 in standard class, -50% for children up to 12 years, small discount for return tickets).
phone: +81-997-26-9244address: Mazu, Kukinaga, Minamitane-cho, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima 891-3793Japan's largest spaceport. Free exhibits and guided tours three times daily (reservations required). No entry during launch days, but there are designated viewing points around the perimeter.
Chikura CavernsWhite sand beach with caves that can be entered at low tide. There are picnic tables at the edge of the beach. There are a couple food stands and drink machines.
Takezaki BeachBeach at the Tanegashima Space Center. Long, white sand beach with areas for snorkeling close to the east side. Restroom with changing area and place to rinse feet is available beside the free parking area. Covered picnic tables nearby on lawn of space center.
Cape KadokuraCape overlooking the rocks and shore where the first firearms entered Japan. Beautiful view. There is a lookout post shaped like an old ship. A small shrine is nearby. Restrooms available beside the free parking area.
- Yakushima, mysterious island of giant cedars