Amami Oshima (奄美大島 Amami Ōshima), literally "Big Amami 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. Together with Tokunoshima, Iriomote and the northern part of the Okinawa Island it was listed as a natural world heritage site by UNESCO in 2021.
The airport in Amami has JAL flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Kagoshima and Naha.
Marix and A-Line ferries connect Amami to Kagoshima, Naha and various other islands in the Amami archipelago.
- Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park
- Tanaka Isson Memorial Art Museum
- 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.
- Relax on the beaches
- 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.), ☏ +81 997 52 2941. 6PM-11PM. 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 with a starter (e.g. sashimi), your own little stone grill with chicken, salad, boiled beef, rice, and a dessert. Friendly, local atmosphere. ¥1500.
- 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.
The Habu snake is a venomous pit viper that inhabits roughly 70% of the island.
When diving, swimming or snorkeling at the various beaches watch out for sea urchins lying on the sea floor.