Orientation

Amami-Ōshima's main city and port on the north coast is known by locals as both Amami-shi (奄美市) and Naze (名瀬), and it's from here that you'll set off to explore the island by touring bike or rental car. The coastal route to Uken (宇検) on the west coast has some lovely stretches. Another option is Rte 58 south to Koniya (古仁屋), from where you can continue southeast to the Honohoshi-kaigan (ホノホシ海岸), a rocky beach with incredible coastal formations, or catch a ferry to Kakeroma-jima (加計呂麻島), a small island with a few shallow beaches; the best beaches are at the northeast end.