Top things to do in Amami Islands

Top Choice Museum in Yoron-tō

Yoron Minzoku-mura

At the island's southeastern tip, the excellent Yoron Minzoku-mura is a collection of traditional thatch-roofed island dwellings and storehouses that contain exhibits on the island's culture and history. If at all p…
Park in Amami-Ōshima

Ōhama Seaside Park

With forest rolling down to white sand and turquoise water, the Ōhama-kaihin-kōen park complex is best known for its lovely beach, which is popular for swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking and fishing. As it's the cl…
Izakaya in Okinoerabu-jima

Mōri Mōri

This super-friendly izakaya in Wadomari offers small dishes such as gōyā champurū (bitter melon stir-fry; ¥500). See if you can break the local beer-chugging record, which stands at under three seconds. It's a littl…
Izakaya in Okinoerabu-jima

Izakaya Sō

Head towards the port from town, and on the main road after the bridge you'll spy an ersatz waterwheel in front of a corner restaurant. Step inside and you'll find a friendly izakaya serving interesting local specia…
Beach in Yoron-tō

Oganeku-kaigan

The popular Oganeku-kaigan is Yoron-tō's best beach, located on the eastern side of the island. About 500m offshore from here lies Yurigahama (百合ヶ浜), a stunning stretch of white sand that disappears completely at hi…
Museum in Amami-Ōshima

Amami-no-Sato

Though most displays are in Japanese, there's enough multimedia here to make this cultural and natural-history museum engaging, even for non-Japanese speakers. Musical exhibits, short films documenting island custom…
Cafe in Yoron-tō

Umi Café

This delightful terraced gallery-cafe with ocean views is something you'd expect to find perched on a Greek cliff; it's no surprise to find chicken gyros (¥700) on the menu. Go to the village office at the top of th…
Izakaya in Amami-Ōshima

Hokorashi-ya

An atmospheric izakaya in downtown Naze, Hokorashi-ya dishes up toothsome Amami specialities such as aosa-no-tempura (fish-and-shellfish cakes fried in a freshwater seaweed batter; ¥600) and a regional chāhan (fried…
Okonomiyaki in Amami-Ōshima

Okonomiyaki Mangetsu

Locals pile in for the excellent okonomiyaki (batter and cabbage cakes cooked on a griddle) at this excellent Naze eatery. For carnivores, we recommend the kurobuta mix (pork-shrimp-squid mix; ¥1260), and for vegeta…
Beach in Amami-Ōshima

Sakibaru Beach

This stunner of a beach lies about 4.5km up a point of land just north of Kise (about 20km northeast of Naze). Take a Sani-bound bus from Naze and get off at Kiseura (¥950), and then walk. If you're driving, it's ma…