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Boat

Ferries run from Osaka/Kōbe and Kagoshima to the Amami Islands and Okinawa-hontō, and are plentiful between Kagoshima and Yakushima and Tanegashima. Once you arrive in a port such as Naze on Amami-Ōshima or Naha on Okinawa-hontō, there are local ferry services to nearby islands. However, you cannot reach the Miyako Islands or Yaeyama Islands by ferry from mainland Japan or Okinawa-hontō; it's necessary to fly to these destinations.