Mangrove, sea,,, Amami is great tropical island.
My last trip 2015 was to Amami Oshima.
This was my first visit to remote island. I haven’t been to Okinawa yet.
Though I had no plan to do in Amami, I could enjoy a lot.
It was December and my town was very cold, but when I got to Amami around 5 p.m., it was warm and comfortable.
As I said now, I had no plan and I didn’t examine about Amami at all.
Amami is remote island belonging to Kagoshima prefecture and it takes three hours or so directly from Narita airport.
Its position, climate, culture and nature is quitely similar to Okinawa. But they have different history in that Okinawa was independent country, not included in Japan.
Speaking of Amami, I just remember blue sea, mangrove, brown sugar, mozuku seaweed. That’s all.
But I learned that they have Oshima Tsumugi (大島紬, popular and high-quality materials of kimono).
At first, I went to Yakitori Tecchan for dinner to have keihan.
But truthfully speaking, I wanted to go to another restaurant that serve local dinner course, but it was full with reservation. I should have reserved several days ago 🙁
But Tecchan’s keihan was good, too.
Local supermarket was very fun because there are many foods that I hadn’t seen.
My hotel for first night was Hotel West Court Amami that is the leading hotel of Amami.
It’s newcomer-friendly hotel and they serve good breakfast 🙂
On second day, I joined some activities.
Kinsakubaru Primeval Forest
Lots of local and wild trees and animals remain there.
My hotel for second night was Hotel Caretta. Hotel Caretta is far from the center of the island and rather close to the airport. It takes much time to go to another place by public transportation. But it’s good hotel to have your time slowly.
It was really cute hotel and they also serve delicious breakfast 🙂
On third day (last day of my trip), after I got out of the hotel, I went to La Fonte that is the popular gelato shop in Amami. They serve delicious gelato made from local ingredients grown without chemical materials.
Before going to the airport, I dropped in at Cape Ayamaru that is one of the 10 beautiful view in Amami.
though I didn’t see sea well in Amami until that time, it was beautiful and I thought I should come to Amami again soon.
If you visit to Amami, I recommend you buy mozuku seaweed !