Amami Archipelago

Yoron Island

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Yoron Island
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The southernmost of the Amami Islands is just 23km north of the large island of Okinawa-hontō, and over 200km from the main island, Amami-Ōshima. Adulated for the beauty of its sandy beaches, the island is 5.5km in diameter and is hands down the most delightful in the archipelago. A whole series of fantastic beaches fringes the coastline, which is not too built up. Oganeku, particularly prized for its pristine white sand, looks out over Yurigahama, a magnificent string of sandy islands that appear at low tide.

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Michelin's recommendations for Île Yoron

Oganeku Beach and Yurigahama Sandbar Oganeku Beach and Yurigahama Sandbar
Oganeku Beach and Yurigahama Sandbar
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Tomai Beach and Terasaki Beach Tomai Beach and Terasaki Beach
Tomai Beach and Terasaki Beach
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Minata Beach Minata Beach
Minata Beach
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Yoron Castle Ruins Yoron Castle Ruins
Yoron Castle Ruins
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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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