Kagoshima - The Essence of Amami Island
Amami Island is an hour flight from Kagoshima, there are direct flights from Tokyo & Osaka too. This seaside city famous to those searching for uncompromised local food and refined cultures of southern Japan, Kyushu. Here, I’ll be introducing a collection of my favourite places that captures Kagoshima’s breath-taking landscape, which creates an ideal avenue for picturesque shots. It’s highly recommended to book a rental car and explore the island as public transportation is limited.
Starting with Honoshi Kaigan (Honoshi Coast) which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Unlike regular beaches, Honohoshi coast is filled with round stones instead of sand. You may also see people fishing here!
Next, the naturally heart-shaped rock called Hato Rokku (Heart Rock). You may want to check the tide chart to avoid low tide periods. If time permits, I recommend driving-around the island in search of other naturally heart-shaped beaches made by rough waves which are absolutely stunning.
If water sports is up your alley, you might enjoy visiting Mangrove Chaya for kayaking. It’ll leave you breathless as you paddle through the beautiful landscape of the second largest mangrove forest in Japan.
Insider’s Tip: 大島紬村 (Ooshima Tsumugi) is where silk textiles come alive due to the islands’ subtropical climate. I had a hands-on experience here with the guidance of a patient veteran. This 1300 years old tradition of developing silk fabric through mud-dyeing is still evident today, and its impeccable quality is still highly sought after by many Kimono lovers.
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