by Mark Albert
Top Travel Tips in Two Minutes
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Yakushima & Yakusugi Land
On Yakushima, Mark stayed at Yakushima – Miyanoura Port Side youth hostel. It’s a three-minute walk from the nearest bus stop, which you can take to get around the island, and just under 10 minutes from the port where the ferry arrives.
There are two types of ferries to the island: a traditional ferryboat and the jetfoil (two: the Toppy and the Rocket). If taking the ferry to the island, consider spending an extra $4 to take the jetfoil (5-7 departures each day) which will shave an hour off the transit time. The ferryboat only departs for Yakushima once a day. Check the departure times and prices for your preference
Traditional hotels can be quite expensive on the island; there are a limited number and can be in high demand. So consider staying in a hostel, instead. A private room and en suite cost about $80 a night at the Yakushima – Miyanoura Port Side youth hostel, which was far less than the $300-$400 a night for more traditional hotels on the island.
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