Amami Archipelago

Kikai Island

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Michelin's recommendations for Île Kikai

Araki-Nakazato Promenade Araki-Nakazato Promenade
Araki-Nakazato Promenade
Sugira Beach and Air Base Monument Sugira Beach and Air Base Monument
Sugira Beach and Air Base Monument
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Tebaru Hills Tebaru Hills
Tebaru Hills
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Gajumaru - Big Banyan Tree Gajumaru - Big Banyan Tree
Gajumaru - Big Banyan Tree
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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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