Yakushima Island is one of Japan's Osumi Islands (Kagoshima Prefecture). Yakushima is accessed by cruise ships and ferries via two ports - Miyanoura (principal seaport) and Anbo. The island has land area approx 505 km2 (195 mi2) and population around 13,000. The island is served by hydrofoil ferries (regularly scheduled daily service with 7-8 crossings), car ferries (1-2 daily crossings) and Yakushima Airport (3-5 daily outgoing domestic flights).
Administratively, the island is designated as Yakushima Town, and most of its territory is within the Kirishima-Yaku National Park (Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures). Yakushima Airport serves flights by Japan Airlines that link the island with Fukuoka, Kirishima (Kagoshima Airport) and Osaka (Itami Airport).
Yakushima Island is approx 61 km (38 mi) south of Osumi Peninsula (Kyushu Island) and approx 135 km (84 mi) south of Kagoshima. The nearest island is Tanegashima. Yakushima is roughly circularly-shaped, with diameter 28 km (17 mi), coastline 89 km (55 mi) and highest elevation point Mt Miyanouradake (1935 m / 6348 ft) above sea level. The island is popular for its numerous (30) mountain peaks with heights 1000+ m (3300+ ft) and onsen (hot springs).