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553 Haginoue, Mugio, Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun 891-4402 Kagoshima Prefecture
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#1 of 19 hotels in Yakushima-cho
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sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima has 29 refined, villa-type rooms, a superb French restaurant, and other facilities set amid the extraordinary beauty of UNESCO World natural Heritage site Yakushima Island, where nature has remained untouched for countless millennia. The Hotel is ideally suited for domestic and foreign guests seeking a truly unique getaway experience. We welcome you to Yakushima, a paradise on Earth.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Free airport transportation
Valet parking
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Foot massage
Head massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese
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lemauve wrote a review Sep 2020
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan221 contributions1 helpful vote
It’s a wonderful space to be relaxed and recharged the energy. The service is so reliable, and also the quality of the restaurant is as good as in the top restaurant in Tokyo. Love this hotel, I hope to come back shortly!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from 屋久島 サンカラホテルアンドスパ, お客様サービス / フロント オフィス at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima
Responded Sep 27, 2020
Dear lemauve sama Thank you for your recent stay at sankara hotel&spa Yakushima. It is so grateful to receive this wonderful review. Yakushima is such a magical place and there are endless to discover its attraction. We are glad to hear taht you recharged yourself during your stay! Thank you for also giving great compliments about our restaurant. Our chefs are very passionate about the food to be creative and it is the one of its kind here you can experience. We look forward to welcoming you back near future. With Well Regards, Ryoko Ado
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jttravel wrote a review Apr 2020
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I had a really good time in Yakushima, especially in this resort. The staff are really friendly and kind. The highlight while staying here is probably the dinner they provided here was really decent and delicious. I would definitely come back again in the near future.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from sankarahotel-spa, マネージャー at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima
Responded Apr 17, 2020
Dear jcwttravel - sama Thank you for your recent stay with us at sankara hotel&spa Yakushima. Our team is glad to hear that yours stay in Yakushima with us was a memorable one. Our kitchen and restaurant team is specially happy to receive your positive comments about your dining experience. As you come back, we will always welcome you to a new discovery of sankara and Yakushima. More you return to Yakushima, more you fall in love with this amazing island. Sincerely yours, sankara Management team
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KI-NRT wrote a review Mar 2020
San Jose, California1193 contributions236 helpful votes
Sankara is an incredible property on an amazing island. It is a peaceful, serene and supremely comfortable hotel with wonderful food. We stayed 3 nights in a Sankara Villa Suite, which - at 104 square meters - was clean, spacious and tastefully furnished and adorned. The amenities were top notch - everything from the toothbrush, moisturizing cream to in-room treats were of very high quality, showing that Sankara definitely does not skimp on the details. The hardware throughout the entire resort was equally tasteful and to a very high standard. It was modern in functionality but muted and earthly in tone, giving it a great sense of place and not dominating the incredible landscape that it's a part of. Service was warm and attentive, and was representative of Japan's "Omotenashi" ethos taken to the highest levels. Nothing was impossible, including the ability to rent a vehicle directly from Sankara on an hourly basis (not cheap, but neither is the hotel itself.) Sankara is a property that would be among the best in Aman's portolio, but raises the bar with its incredible food & beverage (something that is somewhat lacking in quite a few Amans.) The various bread offerings during breakfast at Ayana is one of the highlights - you'll just have to taste it to believe it. But the true shining star is the dinner experience at Okas. What everyone says is right; it really ought to have a Michelin star. We were initially intending to have one dinner there (on the first night), but wound up going every evening. The dishes in the tasting menu are completely different every day, and even though it is European inspired, it is not at all rich, saucy and heavy. Rather it's very much Japanese in that they do an amazing job at bring out the flavors of the incredible seasonal Japanese ingredients taken from both land and sea. The food offerings are as tasty as they are innovative. We just might consider going back to Sankara just for the dining experience, which is saying a lot given the crazy amount of awesome food options available throughout Japan. Yakushima Island is enchanting, unique and unbelievably green. We visited for the nature (especially the hiking), but Sankara contributed to a "complete" experience.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from 屋久島 サンカラホテルアンドスパ, お客様サービス / フロント オフィス at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima
Responded Jan 20, 2021
Dear KI-NRT Thank you for your wonderful review and your stay with us. We feel very much honoured to receive such a great comments on various scenes during your stay. please come back for different season and we would love to share with you more charms about this amazing island. Thank you again for your review on us. SIncerely yours, sankara management team
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Henning S wrote a review Dec 2019
Alexandria, Virginia11 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed for 4 nights in November. Yakushima is an amazing island and was a great change of pace on our Japan trip. While it was very rainy (as somewhat expected) we still managed to explore the island and it’s nature. The hotel is fabulous and the staff (including Nobu and Aki) went above and beyond making us feel welcome and ensuring we enjoy our stay. Food at Ayana was great as well, though we didn’t get to experience their restaurant Okas. Being able to rent a car from the hotel was very convenient and allowed us to explore the island. If you want to treat yourself, Sankara is the place to stay on Yakushima.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from 屋久島 サンカラホテルアンドスパ, お客様サービス / フロント オフィス at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima
Responded Jan 20, 2021
Dear henningSaul sama Thank you for your stay with sankara hotel&spa Yakushima and wonderful review and stars to us. There are so much more to show you and let you explore in this amazing island. Please come back in the future and we'll have more surprises next tie you stay with us. Thank you again for staying with us. Sincerely yours, sankara management team
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troykramer428 wrote a review Dec 2019
Sydney, Australia49 contributions17 helpful votes
Two things stand out at Sankara Hotel & Spa that place it on my list of top places to stay anywhere in the world. The first, is the proactive, friendly, amazing staff. Never before have the staff informed me before an airline that my particular flight had been cancelled, and not to worry, because they had already rebooked me on the next flight. Upon arrival (even the second plane was running late), we were greeting by our personal concierge/butler, who was waiting with a sign for us at the airport. Driving to the resort, we were briefed on those items we had already booked in advance (like the stellar spa, and the resort guided hikes - seriously get the resort guide, so much better than hiring outside!), but we were also asked about our other interests. I love woodwork and coffee, so the butler arranged for me to take a coffee roasting course (seriously they have that here, and it was a lot of fun!), as well as a little adventure to make a small thing with the local cedar. At the resort, check in was very smooth, and came with a delicious drink, in the lounge, while our baggage was being delivered to the room. Each day we had a hike booked, when we returned, a hot bath was already poured for us. The meals, especially the evening meal, were some of the best I've had in my life (I still don't understand why the chef isn't Michelin rated yet, he's a genius with flavors and textures). Also while there, we were quickly driven from our room to the main lodge whenever we requested. At no time during our six night stay did we have to wait more than 3 minutes, they were that responsive. Every day we were greeting warmly, and were given the sense that all the staff there were happy to have us as guests, and were genuinely happy to answer our questions and again proactively try and make things happen for us. There is simply a level of detail and anticipation, observation and understanding, that I haven't even seen at Emirates resorts. I am very glad that we chose this place for our honeymoon, because even the small touches were appreciated, and the staff had the warmth and sincerity, as well as the skill to make it all work. Honestly, I can't think how they could have been better in customer service, they were as near to perfect as I've ever seen. The second thing that makes this place stellar are the amenities. Not only is the food absolutely top notch, but the spa is a peaceful, relaxing and utterly enjoyable place. Couple that with the natural beauty surrounding the resort (as the entire island is amazing), and the way the lodge takes advantage of such views, and it truly is close to paradise. With beautiful rooms with comfortable beds and the peace and quiet, this place has become extremely special to me.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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JapanKyushuKagoshima PrefectureKumage-gunYakushima-cho
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima
Which popular attractions are close to Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima?
Nearby attractions include Yakusugi Land (3.2 miles), Sempiro Falls (1.1 miles), and Kigensugi Cedar (4.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nomado Cafe, Kamogawa, and Sampotei.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.