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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…
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…
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 Amami and get off at Kiseura (¥950), and then walk. If you're driving, it's m…
Beach in Amami-Ōshima

Tomori-kaigan

It's easy to get to this beach, which offers brilliant white sand and some great snorkelling with a channel leading outside the reef. It's about 3km north of the airport. Take a Sani-bound bus from Naze and get off …
Cafe in Amami-Ōshima

Surf x Cafe Green Hill

Spacious and relaxed, the cafe run by Pension Green Hill has reggae setting the mood (of course) and Japanese-style surf grub like green curry and tom yum ramen. It's pretty much the only dining choice if you're sta…