Amami Ooshima is part of a chain of islands located south of Japan, but north of Okinawa. The main attraction on Amami is its unspoiled nature. It is a subtropical island, hot in summer, warm in winter and has plenty of beaches, with beautiful white sand. The sea is clear and full of brightly coloured tropical fish as well as coral reefs. All of these things add up to make Amami a fantastic, often overlooked diving destination. Hike up the mountains, or take a canoe out into the mangrove lakes and soak in the vibrancy of Amami’s natural beauty, or alternatively, rent a bike or car and travel around the island at your own pace and take in the breath-taking scenery.
One of the island’s local industries is the production of an unrefined brown sugar, which is then used in a wide variety of locally made produce. This includes a wide range of sweets and a distilled liquor made from the cane’s brown sugar.