Amami Archipelago

Kikai Island

Must see

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
Tebaru Hills Tebaru Hills
Tebaru Hills
Gajumaru - Big Banyan Tree Gajumaru - Big Banyan Tree
Gajumaru - Big Banyan Tree

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.


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.


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.