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Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/4 22:34
Hello,
May i please ask if it's necessary to reserve in advance for the car ferry (not jet foil) tickets from Kagoshima to Yakushima and back? I will be travelling between 4 and 7 November. There appears to be no direct booking site with the ferry company unless calling/ emailing them.

Many thanks for your help!:)
by Tp (guest)  

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/5 05:12
Here is the booking site (Japanese only):
https://ferryyakusima2.com/book/

I don't think that reservations are required, but they are recommended.

Also, note that a round trip by car to Yakushima costs over 30,000 yen. I strongly recommend into looking hiring a separate car on Yakushima instead of bringing one onto the ferry (if possible).
by Uji rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/5 20:40
Thank you very much Uji-san! Much appreciate it....
So if we don't book in advance, do we just turn up at the port and purchase the ticket there?

Many thanks for your help:)
by Tp (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/5 20:57
Sorry just to clarify.... I'm not bringing a car to the island. I will rent a car on Yakushima instead... I was referring booking ferry tickets for passengers without car only....

Thank you very much for your help!
by Tp (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/6 06:13
https://ferryyakusima2.com/timetable.html

You not need a reservation. But it is recomended on a few dates down the right hand side.
by Hakata14 (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/6 10:27
Do note that JAL often has flights on special for 7,500 yen from Kagoshima to Yakushima. They have some drawbacks (less luggage - need to get to outer airport) but they are also less prone to be cancelled due to large waves....
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/7 08:31
Thank you so much everyone!!!
by Tp (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/7 17:29
I suggest to get on a jet foil not a ferry.
Though it was big wave, I could I could avoid seasickness.

My friend was terribly done by seasickness.

The sea wave between Kagoshima and Yakushima is sometimes big.
so think it well though the cost is lower.
by biwakoman rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/7 21:29
Thank you very much biwakoman.... Is it because jetfoil is faster so we don't have to endure for so long if there's big wave? Sorry i've never travelled jetfoil before so i'm not so sure what the difference is....
I will travel during the first week of November, do you know whether the weather is usually stable around that time?

Many thanks in advance :)
by Tp (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/7 22:58
If seasickness is a concern then travelling by hydrofoil is, in my opinion, the worst decision one can make.
by LIZ (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/8 01:06

we don't have to endure for so long if there's big wave?

A few years ago, I took JR Beetle hydrofoil from Busan to Hakata, halfway we encountered choppy sea, we all kept hoping it would not last, but the waiting seemed never end. I only witnessed passengers reaching for the ""Ocean Sickness Bags", and vomited we all did. The experience was no fun, it was awfully painful; I could be unlucky, but since I vowed to "Jetfoil" no more. My Yakushima trip the following year was a round trip with JAC. Interestingly, the fares were no more than the Jetfoil ( booked early for discounted fares).
by shinji (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/8 06:35
I never had issues with seasickness on jetfoil to Yakushima but it can sure get bumpy.The journey is just much shorter than the other options (slow ferry 4 hours, overnight container sheep 12 hours (with an 8 hours stop at Tanegashima if you are looking for an adventure). As others suggested - in November you can probably get a roundtrip JAL ticket to Yakushima for pretty much the same price for the jetfoil, which is very expensive. The airport is a bit far from Kagoshima city but there is a direct airport shuttle. If the weather is good, aerial views are supposed to be amazing as well. Burcu (https://bizarrejourneys.com/yakushima)
by Bizarre Journeys rate this post as useful

Re: Car ferry between Kagoshima and Yakushima 2019/10/8 22:27
Thank you very much everyone.... I ended up booking the return trip with JAL back to Fukuoka and it costs 15,500 Yen which is better than catching the ferry back to Kagoshima and then shinkansen to Fukuoka which turns out not much cheaper....
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