The northernmost of the Amami Islands, Amami-Ōshima has the largest surface area (712 km2) and is the most populous (60 000 inhabitants) island in the archipelago. Its subtropical climate guarantees mild temperatures year round, promoting the development of a dense virgin forest that covers most of the territory. Its rocky and indented coastline harbours magnificent beaches in some of the creeks to the north and east of the island. The local emblem is the distinctive Amami black rabbit, said to have existed since ancient times.
Michelin's recommendations for Île Amami-Oshima
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.