Both Loggerhead and Green Turtles come ashore
to lay eggs. There are several turtle nesting
sites on the western side of the island.
Kurio Beach and Nakama Beach are located
in the south west, while Nagata Maehama,
Nagata Inakahama and Isso Beach are located
in the north west of Yakushima.
Female turtles start arriving between May
and July to lay eggs. The eggs usually hatch
45-70 days later. It is possible to witness
'egg laying', however please be aware that
lights from torches and camera flashes etc
can be distressing for female turtles when
laying. Please respect this protected species.
During the nesting season, nesting areas
are usually roped off with bamboo posts and
It is believed that only 1 in 5,000 turtles
reach maturity. Predation, pollution and
human refuse serve as severe limitations
The Sea Turtle Museum is situated opposite
Inakahama and is open all year round between
9 a.m. and 5 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays.
Information is in both Japanese and English.
During the nesting and hatching season the
museum is open at night time. Please contact
the Sea Turtle Museum (telephone and fax
0997 49-6550) for further details.
Turtles (Umigame) ウミガメ