Kuchinoerabujima, as well as Yakushima, belongs to Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun in the administrative section. Yakushima is a tranquil island which has many clear streams and forests covered with beautiful moss. On the other hand, Kuchinoerabujima is an island of fire where steams of the volcanoes are venting. Both islands are full of nature that is covered with green. Yakushima-cho is a town composed of two islands that complement each other; one being “the island of fire,” and the other being “the island of water”.
Charm of Kuchinoerabujima
The active volcanoes in Kuchinoerabujima allow high quality hot springs to be sprung and there are four major Onsen facilities; Motomura Hot Spring, Nishinoyu Hot Spring, Nemachi Hot Spring, and Yumukai Hot Spring. Each of them are excellent and have different qualities. There are also outdoor hot springs in the sea at Nemachi-no-tategami and Mukae Beach. Furthermore, the Kuroshio Current and the Kurile Current flow near the island, providing good fishing spots that you can enjoy throughout the year. There are also odd shaped rocks, mysterious stones and caves that can be seen from the ocean. You can enjoy these beautiful scenes by riding a boat or sea kayaking. Diving is also an excellent activity here. There are many colorful tropical fish swimming in the coral reef that range from small to big ones. The beautiful topography of the bottom of the sea is also an attractive point. Mt. Shindake and Mt. Furudake are active volcanoes. You can climb these mountains and see the crater that emits steams of gas. From the mountaintops, it is possible to see shorelines and neighboring islands. In the early summer, Maruba-tsutsuji (azelea ) that bloom all over the mountaintop is a superb view. The entire island is designated as the Yakushima National Park.
Seafood is excellent. You can enjoy the famous Kamenote, which is a kind of crustacean. The word “Kamenote” literally means the “hand of a turtle” as it closely resembles one. They are juicy and fresh as if they had been plunked right out of the blue ocean. Other notable ingredients that must not be missed are Heki, Shibudai, Kuro, Budai, and Ise-ebi (spiny lobster). There are also various mountain delicacies such as Daimyo bamboo (bamboo shoot), Tsuwabuki, Syasyanbo (blue-berry), Houroku-ichigo (wild strawberry), and Hamabofu. Kuchinoerabujima is rich in natural resources and the food will surly be an unforgettable experience during your journey.
People are kind and amicable！
The island has a population of 140 people. There are 20 children that attend primary and junior high schools. They are raised in a rich and comfortable environment where the whole island is a school ground. They have great hospitality that has been cultivated by living with nature.
Kuchinoerabujima island is located about 12 km northwest of Yakushima. It is a volcanic island of about 38 square km in area and 50 km in circumference, which makes it the biggest volcanic islands among the Kagoshima islands. It consists of several andesitic volcanoes. Mt. Shindake (657 m) is located in the southeast center and it is an active volcano that has the highest peak in the island. Gentle hills spread in the northern part, allowing cows to graze in the fields. At the shore, there are sea cliffs and caves which are made of lava that has been eroded by ocean waves. It is warm throughout the year.
Take the town-operated ferry called “Ferry Taiyo” from Yakushima to get to Kuchinoerabujima island. This ferry makes a round trip once a day from Yakushima to Tanegashima. It departs from Miyanoura Port and arrives at the Motomura Port of Kuchinoerabujima in approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. Unless you are planning to spend the night, you only have 40 minutes to explore the island before you can catch the return ship on the same day. Please obtain lodging information at the phone number listed below.
For lodging and travel information
Kuchinoerabujima Guide Association (Japanese, English)
Tel : 0997-49-2133
Kuchinoerabujima Portal Site
Ferry Taiyo Time Table
|Even Numbered Days||9：50 Arr← 8：10 Dep||1st class 4,220 yen
2nd class 2,100 yen
|10：30 Dep → 12:10 Arr|
|Odd Numbered Days||14：40 Arr ← 13:00 Dep|
|15：10 Dep → 16:50 Arr|