Welcome to Amami Islands

The other islands in the chain are dominated by sugar-cane cultivation and are less geared for tourism, but each has its own low-key charms beyond pretty, quiet beaches and uncrowded dive spots. Tokunoshima has great snorkelling and Hawaii-esque vistas, while delightfully rusty and retro Okinoerabu-jima (also experiencing a slow but steady visitor upswing) adds intriguing caves and giant banyan trees to the mix.

Furthest south, tiny Yoron-tō – within sight of Okinawa-hontō – is an important hub for inter-island transport and for the preservation of local language and culture.

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Amami Islands in detail