Amamioshima Island Area奄美大島エリア
Crystal clear waters make this beautiful place a famous diving spot.
Virgin forests are one of the main tourist attractions too.
Amamioshima Island, lying in the sea to the south of Kagoshima, is situated in the middle of the Amami Islands (consisting of eight islands) and is ranked the second largest remote island in Japan after Sadogashima Island in Niigata prefecture. Designated as a quasi-national park (the Amami Gunto Quasi-National Park), the sea surrounding the islands has clear blue waters, brightly-colored coral reefs and tropical fish and is a fantastic diving spot. The northern part of the island (where Amami airport is located) is a popular resort area dotted with white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reef shores.
Opened in September 2001, the Amami Park features the natures, history, culture, and industry of Amami, and also the artistic works of Mr. Isson Tanaka, which showcases a new image of Amami.
About 95 percent of the island is covered in forest, including some 700,000m2 of mangrove, which is home to a rare species of black hare known as the Amamino-kurousagi, and also the Ruri-kakesu, a type of jaybird. The abundance of nature is a great attraction, with many people visiting the island for bird-watching in recent years. The Oshima pongee fabric, a special product of the Amami Islands, is being weaved at about 400 factories located in Amami City, the only city among the islands.
From Tokyo :
[Air] 2h 35 min from Haneda to Amami-Oshima Airport, or 1h 50 min from Haneda to Kagoshima Airport and 65 min from Kagoshima to Amami-Oshima Airport.
From Osaka :
[Air] 1h 45 min from Itami to Amami-Oshima Airport, or 1h 5 min from Kagoshima to Amami-Oshima Airport.