The second largest of the Amami Islands boasts impressive coralline limestone formations on its coastline, as well as lovely beaches. Its capital, Kametsu, lies on the east coast, and its airport adjoins the commercial port of Hetono on the west coast. Several flights a day operated by the airline JAL connect Tokunoshima to the main island, Amami-Ōshima, located 20km further north, in 25min. There are also daily ferry services to Tokunoshima from Okinoerabu (1hr 50min) and Amami-Ōshima (3hr 20min).
Michelin's recommendations for Île Tokunoshima
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.