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  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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With a stay at sankara hotel & spa Yakushima in Yakushima, you’ll be convenient to Yakushima Botanical Research Park and Toroki Falls. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Senhiro Fall and Mt. Mocchomudake.


Make yourself at home in one of the guestrooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and bicycles to rent. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a picnic area.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.

How to Get There

sankara hotel & spa Yakushima
553 Haginoue
Yakushima, 891-4402 Japan


5.0 Excellent 216 Reviews
Amazing Stay - truly one of the best!

My girlfriend and I stayed for 4 nights in July 2019. One of the best experiences we’ve had traveling! The staff was incredible, their attention to detail is unparalleled and we’ve been to many high end resorts. We will absolutely be back and would recommend anyone stay at Sankara!

Amazing Sankara!!

Sankara is a true hidden gem; a world class destination in its own right, as well as a great base for exploring this wonderful little island full of natural beauty and wonders. From arrival at the airport through to being dropped off at the jetfoil terminal the staff went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. They operate with Aman-like dedication and attention to detail, which is incredible for a small boutique hotel. They are all truly wonderful people and we’ll never forget all of the on-duty staff coming out to wish us farewell.

We stayed in a Samudra Villa, which was very well appointed and a short walk to the main building where the pool, spa, reception, library and two restaurants are.

On the subject of restaurants, the food is truly exceptional and if a Michelin judging team would make the journey to Yakushima, Okas would certainly have at least one star, perhaps two. The ingredients are all locally sourced and the inventiveness of the head chef and attention to detail of the kitchen team are world class contributing to some of the finest food in Japan. Breakfasts were also very special and the hotel bakes all of its own breads and pastries, which are heavenly.

Talking of world class, the spa was right up there. We had a range of treatments which were super-relaxing and really enabled us to de-stress. I particularly liked the ritual of burning the dried cedar leaves.

Also really enjoyed chilling in the library and the open self-service bar, which is a great place to wind down after a day out exploring waterfalls and forests, or just relaxing by the pool.

Thank you to the amazing team at Sankara for making our stay so special and I would highly recommend this wonderful hotel.

Indescribable hospitality
Kristina F

The staff at this hotel make the entire experience. They are attentive to a point that describing it makes it seem ridiculous -- pointing out steps in the floor to ensure you don't trip, drawing a bath for you after a long day trekking before you even ask, many members welcoming you at the entrance with bows and greetings when you first arrive and when you leave, asking you if you need any help before you even think to ask. All this written could make it sound overwhelming and unrelenting, but the staff is so polite and unintrusive that it never felt that way. Instead, it made you feel like this is the service a celebrity or the wealthy must receive. Even before we arrived at the hotel, they answered all our questions and set up tours for us efficiently and hospitably.

The food at okas, their higher end restaurant, was also delicious. A departure from the kaiseiki meals we had at ryokans, the French-influenced courses we had here were surprisingly tasty and well executed. They also gave us a cute Happy Honeymoon dish. We unfortunately came to the hotel at the beginning of the rainy season, which meant that we couldn't enjoy the pool or nice weather but it also meant that there weren't many guests at the hotel. Because of this, they closed the regular restaurant and instead upgraded us to dinners at okas, which had nicer details and ambience, for free, which shows how the hotel approaches treating their guests.

The only downside I could see in this hotel is that the villa we got had a little too much furniture in it to make it feel spacious though it had a lot of square footage. That sounds bratty and I am completely aware that it is -- they set a high bar with their staff and food that you expect everything else to be perfect.