Sankara Hotel and Spa

Yakushima Island, Japan

At a Glance

  • A divine array of treatments at the spa, which use the hotel’s own blend of natural healing
  • Perched on a hilltop overlooking the ocean, lose yourself in the fragrances of Yakushima’s forests
  • Japanese and French menus, enjoyed whilst overlooking the pool or ocean
  • Spacious rooms which offer flexible spaces for relaxing and enjoying the calmness
  • An array of deluxe upgrades available; a spa suite, private dining and multi-day relaxing treatments
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The best time to visit Kyushu is in the spring from March – May with pleasant warm temperatures and autumn from September – November when days will still be warm. The summer months from mid-June to early July can be very wet with torrential rain and July - August are the hottest months with high humidity. December – February is usually reasonable but temperatures can drop below freezing with snowfall.

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Sankara Hotel and Spa offers a sanctuary in the forest of Yakushima Island, with the aim to revitalise guests through indulgent spa treatments and locally-inspired gastronomy.

Sankara Hotel and Spa is perfectly positioned overlooking the ocean. Its use of nature to create a relaxing ambience weaves its way through every experience this sanctuary has to offer. The Sankara Sana spa draws inspiration from the elements to tailor facial and body treatments to each individual. Massages, reflexology and Japanese style soaking baths can all be arranged for individuals or couples in lovely rooms, to help you ebb away from it all.
The rooms are a true haven away from it all. The generous sleeping and living spaces make excellent use of light through the large windows, and create natural rooms in keeping with the forest environment. The two restaurants offer Japanese and French cuisine. Casual dining awaits at Ayana, where you can enjoy rare, locally-sourced ingredients according to the season. The open kitchen at Okas cooks up a world-class French menu, which you can savour while gazing out at the ocean.
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Samudra Villas are dotted amongst the trees to create a serene and pleasant stay. Each generous accommodation has a bedroom, living area, bathroom and terrace. Décor is sophisticated and natural to blend in with the environment, and large windows provide a lot of light and fantastic views into the forest. A TV, phone, Wi-Fi and fridge are all features. A selection of suites offer ocean views, a premium location and a spa.


Children under the age of 15 are not permitted at the Sankara Hotel & Spa. Children above the age of 15 are welcome, however there are no specific facilities for them.


Sankara Sana spa uses the principles of nature to revitalise and heal. With its own blend of natural cosmetics, your very own therapist can recommend what’s best for you; maybe a head and scalp massage, hot stone treatment, a facial, or sea salt exfoliation. Sankara’s two restaurants serve delectable French and Japanese cuisine. Ayana’s menu uses rare Yakushima ingredients, enjoyed overlooking the pool, while chefs in Okas’s open kitchen whip up a frenzy of French fancies.


The hotel’s location in the middle of the forest, overlooking the ocean, provides abundant options to relax and enjoy the silence. Nearby there are a range of walking and trekking options so you can stay active before heading to the spa for some pampering.


  • Active Yakushima

    Nature and active lovers are in for a treat! Embark on a 4 hours hike through ancient trees along a mixture of dirt footpaths and broadwalks.

  • Aso Exploration

    Drive to Kusasenri and enjoy views of the Mt Aso Crater. Dare yourself with a walk across one of the longest and highest suspension footbridges in the world before continuing to explore the streets and galleries of Yufuin town.

  • Highlights of Nagasaki

    Visit the highlights of Nagasaki including Nagasaki Peace Park and Ground Zero, the Bomb Museum and the Glover Garden. End the tour with a quick stop at the Megami Bridge.

  • Scenic Beauty of Yakushima

    Admire the beautiful scenery of Yakushima as you visit the Senpirao falls and stroll along Yakusugi Land, a park populated by cedar trees of over 1000 years old!

  • Trekking Kirishima

    Embark on a 2-3 hour hike in the Kirishima mountain range. The area is filled with stunning highlands, volcanic lakes and hot-springs.

Location & directions

Yakushima Island, Japan

Yakushima Hotel and Spa is 10 minutes from Senpirono Falls, 30 minutes from Hirauchi-kaichu onsen, 60 minutes’ drive to the mountain and forest walks of Yakusugi Land and 90 minutes to the loggerhead turtles of Hagata Inaka-hama Beach.


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