Best of Amami Oshima
Get to know Amami Oshima on this full-day outing, including lunch. In addition to the island's verdant flora and diverse fauna, see highlights on the northern coast, including Cape Ayamaru and Oshima Pongee Village.
Approximate Duration6 hours
New for 2020 - Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended
At the pier, board a motor coach for the day's outing. With more than 80% of the island covered with trees, Amami is a verdant forest. Among the blooming flowers and mangrove trees is the Amami cycad, of particular importance locally as you'll learn at a coastal cycad area where this native plant grows. Cycad plants date back to the Jurassic age, delicate in appearance but hardy in structure and indigenous to the people of Amami. Used for many years to make soybean paste and miso, the plants also serve as a barrier for strong winds that buffet the island.
Continue to Cape Ayamaru, located on a promontory on the island's eastern coast. Learn about the origin of the name and keep your camera handy to capture the beautiful and expansive views of land and sea. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Kenmun Mura Village for a salt-making demonstration. At nearby Oshima Tsumugi Pongee Village, learn the art of tsumugi, a delicate silk that's used to make customary kimonos. The process of making this special fabric is painstaking – it can take up to one year to make enough for one kimono.
Return to the pier aboard the motor coach.
Guests must be a minimum of 6 years old to participate. This excursion is not wheelchair accessible. It is recommended that guests wear casual clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights may vary. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.
Availability: Extremely Limited