It takes only 10 minutes by car from Amami airport to our nest; the cottage we always stay. It's water front facing to a bay and it is like a private beach! You can reach to surf point only 3 minutes on foot and checking waves from the terrace of cottage is really possible. If the swell is enough, small waves come to the beach in front of the cottage. There is a low height of seawall and you can enjoy fishing there. The visibility of sea is perfect. Snorkeling, fishing and surfing are enjoyable there, yes it's a heavenly blue island for marine sports, too.
30,000 people live in the island which is the same size as 23 wards of Tokyo. No subway, no bus and tax is only available in the downtown, so please book for a rental car in advance.
This island faces to 2 oceans; one side to the Pacific ocean and another side to the East China Sea and this is because this island has totally different view of water color and coastal line. Vivid blue of the Pacific ocean and deep warm navy blue of the East China sea... It is as if a perfect art of painting.
Let's drive around the island not to miss the sunset at the Ohama beach facing to the East China sea.
Night falls, it's time to the night adventure into the forest! Please don't go into the forest by yourself, Make an appointment of tour guide for sure!
Primeval forest is very sacred and mysterious. The tour guide drives a car very slowly into the forest. New moon night is the best timing to visit there. Full moon night is not a bit appropriate because animals in the forest tend to get exciting at the full moon. The Amani is called as the Galapagos in the East because there are rich source of various rare or endemic species botanicals and animals. If you are luck, barringtonia flowers that bloom once a year only welcome you at the entrance of forest. This flower message is "Happy will come to you"... what a lovely message!
It's a treasure island of rare species. Asian musk shrew, Tokudaia osimensis, Diplothrix legata which are all endangered spices, they are in the forest. And black rabbits which is also endangered spice, it's so hard to see the black rabbit in the night because of black. So if you meet them, you are so lucky!
Bird watching in the night might sound strange though, Ryukyu scops owls (one of owls), Scolopax mira (this bird is not good at flying!) Lidith's Jay which has beautiful blue and purple wings are there.
Rykyu tree lizard, Amami origin endemic spices dragon fly, flogs.... it's so many treasure of botanicals, animals and insects. One hour forest tour is an average.
You see a sky full of starts above. If you want to wake up till late, just floating your body on the sea is the nicest healing under the moonlight..... you will sure to leave any worries and things being yourself and being a part of the big mother nature with much respect.
Amami island is the entire power spot. Great nature in the blue island from the ancient era hugs you calmly saying just relax. Forget the time and feel the heart beat of our earth.