- Must-Visit Attractions Accessible from Amami Airport -
"Amami Oshima" and its untouched nature
The well-kept magnificent nature of "Amami Oshima". The forests and the sea let you experience the different forms of nature. Taking a rental car will be convenient because the sightseeing spots are scattered over a long stretch from north to south.
The 2nd largest mangrove forest in Japan. Take a canoe and observe the plants and animals while exploring the mangrove. You can also take a night tour to observe Amami's special natural monument "Amami Kuro Usagi (Amami rabbit)" which is a nocturnal animal. 70 minutes by car from airport. The beach can also be accessed with a transit bus.
"Kinsakubaru Virgin forest" (Naze, Amami)
Enjoy walking through the dense forest covered with subtropical plants. A (paid) authorized Eco tour guide is required to accompany you through the forest. About 80 minutes by car from airport.
The beach is known for its pebbles shaped by rough waves. When these pebbles are carried off by the waves, they make interesting rolling sounds. About 2 hour ride by car from airport. The beach can also be accessed with a transit bus.
Heart Lock (Tatsugo)
A heart-shaped tide pool that appears during low tide. This place is very popular as a mystical power spot. 30 minutes by car from airport.
It is a traditional silk fabric of Amami Oshima and one of the "world's top three textiles". This silk is used in traditional clothings such as Kimono. At some facilities you can even experience the hand-weaving and mud-dyeing process.
The local cuisine "Keihan" is basically a chazuke flavored chicken rice. It is prepared by placing chicken strips on rice along with thin-sliced eggs (Kinshi Tamago) and soaked papaya and pouring chicken broth over it. Don't forget to taste the Amami-special sake called "Amami Kokuto Shochu" made by using "Kokuto (brown sugar)".
*As of February 2019.
*All photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
It is located 380 kilometers south of Kagoshima Prefecture. Kikai Island is surrounded by the bright blue sea and was formed by coral reefs about 100,000 years ago. It is an island of living coral that continues to grow 2 millimeters per year. The KIKAI institute for Coral Reef Sciences is located on the island, which researches the fossils of corals as well as global climate change from the ecology of the island.
"Doors to explore 'NIPPON'", a special program that showcases scenes hand-picked from NHK's "SHIN NIHON FUDOKI", a show that conveys the beautiful scenery and profound culture of Japan, is screened on five TV monitors installed in the departure area of Haneda Airport. Do enjoy the video before you leave Haneda Airport.