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Amami Oshima Island

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A mountainous island of volcanic origin surrounded by coral reefs

Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization



Amami Oshima, an island of volcanic origin ringed by coral reefs, is at once a prime subtropical travel destination as well as the site of a fascinating culture.


The Amami islands, of which Amami Oshima is the largest, are home to a rich spiritual tradition deeply permeating everyday life through ritual, where nature is venerated and heavenly guidance is provided by yuta (shamans) and noro (female priestesses).


The island's name itself derives from Amamiko, the goddess said to have created the Ryukyu archipelago, at whose northern end the island lies.


While your visit to Amami Oshima (or other neighboring islands) may not afford you deep exploration into such cultural intricacies, you will certainly find magic in the verdant surrounding nature, highlighted by star-studded night skies, unique animals and plants such as the Amami rabbit, Ryukyu sweetfish, and a rare species of wild ginger, as well as unparalleled views of the expansive turquoise ocean.


How to get there


70-minute flight from Fukuoka to Amami Oshima.



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