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Michelin's recommendations for Asia

Mekong Delta Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta
My Tho
5:00
Ha Long Bay Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay
Haiphong
4:00
Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra
1:00
Vat Xieng Thong Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong
Luang Prabang
1:00
Forbidden City Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Beijing
2:00
Tonle Sap Tonle Sap
Tonle Sap
1:00

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Four good reasons to pay a visit to the Amami Islands

Idyllically poised between earth and sky, the Amami Islands are only a 3hr-flight from Tokyo and 1hr from Kagoshima. Despite being little more than a stone’s throw from the very touristy island of Okinawa-honto, they remain as yet off the beaten tourist track. Here are four good reasons to visit these tiny pristine pearls of paradise.

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Amami islands: an outstanding geology

The northern Ryukyu Arc is the geological extension of the Outer belt of southwestern Japan. Of volcanic origin, the Amami Islands possess a granite subsoil and are lined in coral reefs. Some are also entirely covered in ancient corallian limestone reefs.

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The outstanding kimonos of the Oshima Tsumugi workshop

The Oshima Tsumugi workshop in the north of Amami Oshima Island upholds ancestral know-how devoted to the manufacture of exquisite silk kimonos. Set in an idyllic landscape at the foot of a mountain, the craftsmen and women continue to use natural ingredients to dye the fabric, together with traditional weaving techniques.

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