Difference between revisions of "Amami Islands"
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In addition, the Tokara Islands just to the north of Amami are sometimes lumped in with the Amami Islands.
Flights to and around the Amami Islands are the monopoly of Japan Airways (JAL) and its affiliates JTA and RAC. Amami Oshima is the main hub for flights, with direct flights to Tokyo-Haneda, Osaka-Itami, Kagoshima and Naha. Kikai, Okinoerabujima, Tokunoshima and Yoron have small airports with service to Amami and Kagoshima only.
The Amami Islands are served the cozy duopoly of A-Line Ferry , aka Maru-A (マルエー) and Marix Line , both of which run between Kagoshima (Kyushu) and Naha (Okinawa) via the islands on alternating days. Fares on both are identical, with a one-way Kagoshima-Amami Oshima trip (11 hours) costing ¥8,800 in 2nd class (二等), or ¥9300 from Naha (13 hours). The exact schedules are complicated and change from day to day, but the main ports served, from north to south, are:
In addition, A-Line runs a service from Kagoshima via Naze that serves one extra island and some additional ports: