Amami Oshima / KagoshimaAmami Oshima offers splendid scenery, unique cuisine

Amami Oshima is known for its outstanding natural beauty

Amami Oshima is an island located between Kyushu and Okinawa. It primarily comprises Amami City and the towns of Tatsugo and Setouchi, in addition to several smaller municipalities. Due to its outstanding natural beauty, the island has been nominated as a possible UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Rare fauna, including the Amami rabbit, habu snake, and green turtle thrive here. Unique local cuisine - especially fish and chicken dishes - is a major draw, too.

Delve into the culture of Amami Oshima with walking tours and traditional fare

A guide from Amami International Network shows visitors around the island

Due to its geological features and location, Amami Oshima offers a variety of water-themed outdoor activities, including snorkeling, swimming, or even just relaxing on the beach. If you're feeling more adventurous, you can also dive among coral reefs, surf the sea waves, or try your hand at kayaking. Wildlife fans, meanwhile, can sign up for whale-watching trips to see humpback whales moving majestically through the ocean.

A guided walking tour in Amami Oshima

Customized guided tours will introduce you to the region's flora and fauna, including lush forests, rare birds, reptiles, and mammals. Professional guides from the Amami International Network (founded in 2016 in Naze, Ayami City) ensure a fun and informative experience.

The sun sets over Amami Oshima

The tours, which offer English- and Chinese-language support, include walks to Kakeromo Island in Amami-Oshima, where you can enjoy trekking in subtropical forests. Alternatively, visit local villages and beaches or cultural facilities such as Oshima Tsumugimura in Tatsugo Town. Hands-on, traditional craft activities, such as silk-weaving, are also available.

Glamping and home-made cuisine at Robinson Farm in Amami Oshima

A night in Amami Oshima’s great outdoors at Robinson Farm

Robinson Farm is in southern Amami Oshima. Visitors here can glamp outside in one of the two tents. Amami Oshima is known for its dyeing techniques - using plant fibers or mud - and guests can try their hand at this traditional practice at the farm. Rooms can be rented to conduct events, workshops, or conferences from 5,000 yen per day.

A delicious dried passion-fruit drink served at Robinson Farm

The chefs serve up a tasty selection of food and drinks made with local ingredients. Be sure to order their specialty beverage - a mix of passion-fruit syrup with soda and a hint of kibisu vinegar (made from sugar cane.)

Robinson Farm's green curry

The eatery offers a wide selection of meals, including a tasty tomato stew with passion-fruit cream served with a salad drizzled in Japanese citrus-infused dressing. Try it with the delicious home-made garlic bread. Alternatively, dig into the green curry, which comes with steamed rice and black beans and a side salad. The oven-baked pizza will linger in your memory, too.

Traditional Japanese cuisine and chanko-nabe on the menu at Kamitaka in Amami Oshima

An interior view of Kamitaka restaurant in Amami Oshima

Kamitaka is a traditional Japanese eatery in Amami Oshima. It offers a range of island fare, including chicken, fish, and rice dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Kamitaka is also known for its chanko-nabe, a hot pot dish with fish, meat, and vegetables. Sumo wrestlers have been tucking into this hearty stew for generations. (Kamitaka's owner is a former sumo wrestler, so it's perhaps not surprising that chanko-nabe features on the menu!)

Kamitaka offers chanko-nabe, a food popular with sumo wrestlers

The dish includes a serving of the restaurant's specialty miso and kimchi (spicy Korean pickles.) New menus are offered daily and include freshly caught fish, hot pot dishes, set meals, and à la carte items.

A selection of foods at Kamitaka restaurant

Other options include pork or beef shabu-shabu (thinly sliced meat served with vegetables and dipped in sauce) as well as beef sukiyaki (thinly sliced meat cooked with vegetables in a table-top pan). If you're extra-peckish, you can augment these dishes with side-servings of sashimi, tempura, and steamed rice. Pre-booked group meals for four to five people are also available. Prices start at 2,000 yen per person.

Access information

Getting to Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture:

A flight to Amami Oshima Airport from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport takes around 1 hour 50 minutes. From Kagoshima Airport, the flight to Amami Oshima Airport takes around 50 minutes.

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