Amami Archipelago

Amami-Ōshima Island

Interesting
Amami-Ōshima Island
The Essential
Interesting

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.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Île Amami-Oshima

Ōshima Tsumugi Garden and Kimono Workshop at Oshima Tsumugi Mura Ōshima Tsumugi Garden and Kimono Workshop at Oshima Tsumugi Mura
Ōshima Tsumugi Garden and Kimono Workshop at Oshima Tsumugi Mura
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Ohama Seaside Park Ohama Seaside Park
Ohama Seaside Park
Naze
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Kuroshio no mori Mangrove Park Kuroshio no mori Mangrove Park
Kuroshio no mori Mangrove Park
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Kinsakubaru Virgin Forest Kinsakubaru Virgin Forest
Kinsakubaru Virgin Forest
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Our reports

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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