Amami Archipelago

Okinoerabu Island

Interesting
Okinoerabu Island
The Essential
Interesting
Lying 30km southwest of Tokunoshima Island and 30km north of Yoron Island, Okinoerabu Island is home to a spectacular network of underground limestone caves, vast sugar cane plantations and a coastline with beautiful sheltered beaches and small coves. Its airport is located at the northernmost point, with daily flights operated by the airline JAL connecting it to Yoron in 15min and Amami-Ōshima in 35min. Ferries run between the port of Wadomari on the east coast and Yoron in 1hr 10min, Tokunoshima in 1hr 50min and Amami-Ōshima in 6hr.

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Michelin's recommendations for Île Okinoerabu

Tamina Point Tamina Point
Tamina Point
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Shoryudo Caves Shoryudo Caves
Shoryudo Caves
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Wanjo Beach Wanjo Beach
Wanjo Beach
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Fūcha Blowhole Fūcha Blowhole
Fūcha Blowhole
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Yononushi Grave Yononushi Grave
Yononushi Grave
Koshiyama Lookout Koshiyama Lookout
Koshiyama Lookout
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Our reports

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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