sankara hotel & spa Yakushima
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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 is an elegant hotel with remarkable service and wonderful staff. Tucked away half an hour Southeast of the airport, perfectly positioned to day hikes, waterfalls and lovely drives to see Yaku deers (Seibu forest drive). I was lucky enough to arrive during perfect sunny weather (unusual for Yakushima), from the pool you could see the sea on one side and the most striking mountains from the other side, with lush tropical vegetation throughtout the property.
Stayed in very calm and impeccably clean room 71. Spacious bathroom, daybed, lots of amenities, they thought of everything, i.e. for hikers that smoke there is even a pouch to carry cigarette butts out, extra bags are provided to carry trash out of the gorgeous national parks. Everyone gets a balcony with a seaview (albeit a limited one from room 71). While it rained non stop my last day here, the warm lighting in the room, the industrial strength heater and dehumidifier, and the candle added to the cozy feel.
Had a nice dinner the first night at the casual but still exquisite Ayanas, the Okas was a fascinating merger of French cuisine and Yakushima ingredients and the staff even remembered my preferred wine choices from the night before. Breakfast is served in Ayana where a long wooden table is piled with local fruits, homemade bread and flaky pastries, with eggs made to order. I left early my last morning to drive to ohko no taki waterfall and was given a breakfast bag of fruits and a never-ending procession of candy, pastries and bread.
Check in was 3 pm (standard) but checkout was 1 p. Generous compared to many boutique hotels in Japan that have inflexible 11 am or 12 noon check out
I rented a car from Budget but the Sankara rental car looked much better (my Toyota from budget rent a car was so basic it didn’t even have a radio! it also had a foot brake which I couldn’t find because I’ve only driven cars with hand brakes) Yakushima is a tiny airport so the car rental guy met me at the airport literally by the car, took paperwork out the trunk and then left me in the parking lot with the aforementioned foot brake issue. Luckily the Sankara staff at the airport helped me, he even knew my name even though I was not on his pickup list !
Checkout was also a lovely farewell affair, the whole team came by to say goodbye and more baked goods, came in handy too coz my flight to Kagoshima (and the next flight after that ) got cancelled less than 2 hours before the scheduled departure.
My husband and I came to Sankara Hotel & Spa in Yakushima to celebrate our honeymoon in early November but our incredible experience and the impeccable service started well before our stay when the hotel staff kindly emailed us to share further details about the booking and provide their recommendations for a few companies offering nature tours (a must-do!) in Yakushima. They also promptly answered all our questions before the stay and provided free transport to and from our ferry at the Ambo port.
Once we arrived, we were greeted with a warm welcome by several hotel staff and provided a welcome drink and overview of the hotel and our room. We then enjoyed a delicious meal at the hotel’s main restaurant where the staff provided us a special dessert to celebrate our honeymoon. We also were provided a beautiful bottle of champagne in the room to enjoy upon our arrival.
For the remainder of our stay, the level of service and attention to detail was absolutely mind-blowing. The staff anticipated our every need and were always one step ahead of us in offering a helping hand or any advice. The meals (breakfast & dinner) always exceeded our expectations from the delicious warm bread to the expertly prepared fish and meat. We dined one night at the restaurant upstairs where an upgraded fare is charged (worth it) but enjoyed a very intimate experience where the chef personally delivered all courses from the set menu. There is also an in-house pastry chef who works out of the main restaurant who prepared a range of delicious desserts for every meal. I’m not sure if she prepared the pastries and breads for breakfast as well but these were all incredible too!
We also used the fitness centre (hard to find in most Japan hotels!) and the 24-hour laundromat, which is complimentary for all guests and we were so thankful to have (we traveled for 3 weeks so doing laundry at least once was a must!). We didn’t use the spa or swim in the pool, but I trust they both would have been great as well.
Overall, we were provided a very intimate experience and a level of service you can’t find at a commercial scale resort. We truly felt like royalty our entire stay and were so sad to leave (I’m pretty sure the entire staff came to the reception to say bye when we left). We were incredibly excited to visit Yakushima because of the nature, challenging hikes and amazing views but what really made our stay was our experience at Sankara - we hope to be back soon!
Great hotel, location and surrounding. The hotel’s French/Japanese restaurant is exceptional. The restaurants chef Kenji Hayashi is a culinary artist and a true master of his profession.
Overall an excellent experience which I can only recommend.
My wife and I have been traveling consistently for two years, all over the world, and this hotel ranks as one of the best we've stayed in. The room was spacious, quiet, wonderfully appointed and gorgeous. The staff is incredibly attentive, to the point where it almost seems as if they ANTICIPATE your needs. And the food was some of the best we had during our 3 weeks in Japan. Yes. Sankara is expensive, but it's worth every cent. Spend the money and treat yourself to a great experience.
Located in Yakushima, full of nature, first world natural heritage site in Japan, this resort will amaze you with its hospitality and beautifully presented delicious food! The French restaurant Okas serves amazing food, using local produce and will surprise you with its presentation. The view is serene and service impeccable. For more on Sankara and Yakushima, check hiddenjapanguide.com