This Island in Japan Is Known for Its Heart Rock
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Amami Oshima is an island that’s abundantly blessed with natural beauty. According to Japanese history, this was where Saigo Takamori, a samurai revered as one of the greatest figures from the final years of the Edo to the Meiji Era, met his wife, Aikana.
Both tourists and locals alike flock to this island to experience the traditional Amami culture and appreciate its stunning scenery. It provides a brief respite for city people who just want to relax and go for a slow walk around the area.
In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the best tourist attractions in the area that you should definitely pay a visit.
East Coast, Akaogi, Tatsugo-
Heart Rock is a famous reef located
On your way to this site, you’ll be passing through a dense forest. Make sure to be on the lookout for habus (venomous snakes) when treading the forest grounds!
709, Sugihatahara Kunetsu, Setouchi-
Open throughout the year
The Kochiyama Observatory gives you an unparalleled view of the island’s green forests and the clear blue waters of the sea. There is a coastline underneath which is selected as one of the 10 most beautiful landscapes found on the island.
The observatory has an altitude of 415 meters, which makes it the ideal vantage point for visitors who want to take panoramic shots of the Oshima strait and Kakeromajima. When it’s sunny, you’ll also be able to make out the Tokunoshima island from afar. Our tip is to use the telescope installed at the observatory for a better sightseeing experience.
81, Sotoganeku, Kasari-
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop closes as soon as the soup runs out.
Minatoya is a restaurant that’s known for serving local cuisine and a specialty dish called Keihan (¥1,000). Its founder invented the unique style of preparing this chicken rice dish.
The restaurant cooks and seasons the chopped chicken and other toppings together before they are placed on the rice. Once the dish is served to the customer, that’s the time the steaming chicken stock is poured over it.
11-26, Nazeyanagi-machi, Amami City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservation is required a day before you visit.
You'll smack your lips over a dish of local ingredients.
Natsukasyaya is another restaurant that you can find on the island. Their specialties include fresh sashimi, pork bone broth, and
Here, you won’t only be enjoying eating your meals, but you’ll also appreciate the restaurant’s initiative to integrate the island’s culture in their interiors. Old weaving machines are repurposed to serve as the restaurant’s tables while also using Oshima Tsumugi table runners for accent.
1945, Akaogi, Tatsugo-
Open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Oshima Tsumugimura is where the island’s famous traditional textile and silk is painstakingly made. Oshima Tsumugi weaving has been part of Amami Oshima’s culture and history for 1,300 years. The exceptional details on the handicraft make it one of the three major fabrics in the world.
The whole process of making these beautiful fabrics is not easy and would normally take a whole year to complete. Here, expert weavers will gladly show you the process of
Expert staff members thoughtfully introduce time-honored and original fabric to guests.
Oshima Tsumugimura also sells textiles and accessories like this.
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July and August. The park is closed on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. If a national holiday falls on these days, it’ll be closed on Thursday.
Amami Park is a facility where you can admire the rich culture and history of the Amami Islands. There are a number of photos and life-size models inside that will immerse you in the Amami people’s way of life. Tourists particularly enjoy taking photos with the life-size replica of an old private house.
In addition to this, the facility also holds live performances of Shima-
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kyushu Walker™ (27 May 2018)