Amami Islands hotels and hostels
Pricia Resort Yoron
These relaxing white-washed cottages by the airport evoke Yoron's sister island Mykonos in Greece; the place looks like a transplanted village. The best cottages are the beachfront 'B type' units.
This fine little campground at Aze Prince Beach has showers, nice grassy campsites and a trail down to its own private beach.
This friendly and casual minshuku is popular with young people. Starting from Chabana harbour, take the main road north (uphill) out of town and look for it on the left after the turn; it looks like a private house.
In the village of Kanami at the very northeast tip of the island, this friendly divers' lodge has a great location overlooking a good snorkelling beach. Some of the upstairs rooms have sweeping views.
Native Sea Amami
About 28km east of Amami (or 3km from the Akaogi bus stop), this dive centre-resort has nice accommodation in a room block perched on a promontory over a lovely bay.
A favourite among Japanese surfers, convivial, rough-around-the-edges Green Hill has ocean views, Japanese- and Western-style rooms, some with lofts. It's about 30 minutes from the airport and a few minutes' walk to the beach.
This excellent campground at Okidomari Kaigan beach has showers and large grassy areas with trees for shade.
Business Hotel Ugurahama
This friendly hotel has simple Japanese- and Western-style rooms. From the port, take a left on the main road and follow it over the bridge and through the town; look for the white building with a blue trim on your right.
Business Hotel Wadamari Kō
A few minutes' walk from the port, this simple, cheap hotel looks more like a private house, and has relatively modern rooms. It is on the left soon after exiting the pier area.
These slightly funky rooms in a converted apartment building have showers and kitchen facilities and are good for a cheap night in central Kametsu. The friendly owner also runs a pension just north of town, which has more spacious rooms.
Minshuku Sango Beach
Overlooking a lovely sand beach, this laid-back minshuku has a vaguely Southeast Asian feeling. Guests sleep in six semidetached units and meals are taken overlooking the sea.
Minshuku Tatsuya Ryokan
If you're looking for a bargain in Amami, this foreigner-friendly ryokan has simple but acceptable rooms and a kindly, informative owner. It's roughly in the centre of town, next to the Hotel New Amami.