Southern Cross Center

Amami Islands

A short walk from the Ishini (石仁) bus stop, 3km southeast of Chabana, is a lookout that serves as a museum of Yoron-tō and Amami history and culture. Offering good views south to Okinawa, it celebrates the fact that Yoron-tō is the northernmost island in Japan from where the Southern Cross constellation can be seen.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Amami Islands attractions

1. Terasaki-kaigan


On the northeast coast, Terasaki-kaigan represents the archetypical Amami beach, with its white sand, rocky outcrops and aquamarine water.

2. Oganeku-kaigan

1.58 MILES

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…

3. Maehama-kaigan

2.03 MILES

This is a remote-feeling slice of beach on the southeast coast, hemmed in by concrete breakwaters.

4. Yoron Minzoku-mura

2.14 MILES

At the island's southeastern tip, the excellent Yoron Minzoku-mura is a collection of traditional thatch-roofed island dwellings and storehouses that…

5. Shōryū-dō

22.9 MILES

On the southwest slopes of Ōyama (the mountain at the west end of the island), you will find this brilliant limestone cave with 600m of walkways, disco…

6. Tamina-misaki

25.36 MILES

This cape, at the northwest tip of the island, has ancient coral that has been upthrust to form a 40m cliff.

7. Wanjo Beach

27.85 MILES

A peaceful spot for a picnic, especially on your way to or from the airport, this beach is a bit on the slim side but is a nice stretch of Okinoerabu's…