Welcome to Nichinan Coast & Cape Toi
The palm-lined stretch of coastal road from Aoshima to Toi-misaki (都井岬; Cape Toi) via the town of Nichinan (日南) is a rewarding drive, with seaside cliffs and views of the islands reminiscent of gumdrops and camels. On sunny days the light pierces the water and turns it an electric-blue colour, making for lovely photos at nearly every turn. Cape Toi and Kō-jima are popular destinations. En route is Koigaura-hama (Koigaura Beach), where the surf-zoku (surf tribe) hang out.
If you turn inland, drive slowly: several bands of wild monkeys inhabit the mountains, and it's often possible to see them. Earthworms the size of garter snakes are another curious denizen.