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Amami Oshima

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Amami Oshima (奄美大島 Amami Ōshima), literally "Amami Big Island", is the largest of the Amami Islands, a small archipelago south of Kyushu, Japan. While administratively a part of Kagoshima, it's geographically and culturally a part of Okinawa.


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By plane[edit]

Amami Airport (IATA: ASJ) [1] is located in the east of the island. Japan Airlines (JAL) [2], Vanilla Air [3], Japan Air Commuter (JAC) [4] and Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC) [5] operate daily flights to/from Amami Airport for a number of domestic destinations.

Airlines Destinations
Japan Airlines Tokyo/Haneda, Osaka/Itami
Vanilla Air Tokyo/Narita, Osaka/Kansai
Japan Air Commuter Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kikai, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabu, Yoron
Ryukyu Air Commuter Okinawa/Naha

By ferry[edit]

  • Kagoshima route (Kagoshima - Naze - Tokunoshima - Wadomari - Yoron - Motobu - Okinawa/Naha)

A southbound (for Tokunoshima, Okinoerabujima, Yoronjima, Motobu and Okinawa/Naha) and a northbound (for Kagoshima) ferry operating daily by Marixline [6] and A"Line [7]. Normally a southbound ferry arrives at Naze Port at 5am and departs for Tokunoshima at 5:50am, a northbound ferry arrives at 8:30pm and departs for Kagoshima at 9:20pm, with occasional delay due to bad weather or loading cargos.

  • Amami route (Kagoshima - Kikai - Naze - Koniya - Hetono - China)

Get around[edit]

At office you can buy a bus pass for 1/2/3 days for 2,000/3,000/4,000 yen respectively (a roundtrip from Naze city to either airport or Koniya port costs more than 2,000 yen anyway).

To get to Kakeroma Island, take a bus to Koniya port and get a ferry to either one of the two ports on Kakeroma.

Some hotels have their own bicycles to rent for about 100 yen per 2 hours.

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There is a Habu snake center in Naze city, with a small serpentarium in the basement.


K'NA tourist center ( offers several itineraries, such as canoe tour through mangrove forest, a day tour in prehistoric forest with tree ferns, and an after dusk photo-safari car tour in the woods where you can encounter local snakes, frogs, mice, insects and the famous black rabbit almost identical to fossil rabbits from a different age (make sure to take a good camera!).

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  • Bike rental. Rent a scooter or motorbike and just cruise around the island to admire it's beautiful nature and discover tiny beaches where you can hop off and go for a swim. The best way to travel on Amami Oshima.  edit

Ohama beach is not far from Naze city (~30 min by bike); there is a small deigo tree grove blossoming in late April, a small marine life museum and a nice Thalasso SPA with a bubble bath on a balcony with a sea view (good for watching sunset).

Tomori beach (near the airport) is probably the most beautiful one.

On Kakeroma island, there is a famous deigo tree alley (Deigo Namiki) blossoming in May/June.

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  • Jidoriya, (When you leave the ferry, take a right and follow the road. It's 30 meters past the Shell station and motorbike shop to your left. Look for the usual red lantern outside.), 0997-52_2941. 18.00 - 23:00. This place is ideal if you have to wait for the ferry or if you have a big appetite coming from the ferry. You get great value for your money (1500 yen/person) with a starter (e.g. sashimi), your own little stone grill with chicken, salad, boiled beef, rice, etc; and a dessert. Friendly, local atmosphere. Menu for 1500 yen.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Westerners Café, Toen Beach (Toen is a small village near the sea. The Westerners Café is located on the main road crossing the village, right before leaving the village. It's a bright red, little box, you can't miss it.). This little café by the road is owned by two retired people from Kobe who are mad about cowboys. The little place is filled with pictures, paintings and all kinds of stuff referring to the glorious times of the Wild West. The owner, dressed as a real cowboy, will gladly receive you. They serve two kinds of (freshly ground) coffee and Indian tea. Relaxed on-the-road atmosphere. 350 for a coffee or tea.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Visitors should be aware of the Habu snake. A venomous pit viper, closely related to the rattlesnake, that inhabits roughly 70% of the island. Its bite is potentially, although rarely, fatal.

When diving, swimming or snorkeling at the various beaches watch out for sea urchins lying on the sea floor.

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