Mother-daughter Trip to Kagoshima Course 1: Enjoy the world natural heritage site! Four days in Amami Oshima and Tokunoshima Islands.

You may be one of many people who have had a renewed appreciation for family ties due to increased time at home during the pandemic. As a good way to show your appreciation to your family members, how about a plan for a mother and a daughter trip to enjoy an onsen and delicious food? Kagoshima is a perfect destination for such a trip. For your next journey, how about inviting your mother or daughter to visit Kagoshima with you?

Course 1: Enjoy the world natural heritage site! Four days in Amami Oshima and Tokunoshima Islands.

This course allows you to fully enjoy the Amami Islands, parts of which were registered as UNESCO world natural heritage sites in July 2021. Enjoy the attractive islands and refresh yourself in the wilderness!

Day 1

Haneda Airport or Narita Airport 

↓ By air

Amami Airport

↓ By car

Cape Ayamaru

After renting a car, let’s head to Cape Ayamaru near the airport. This spot has been selected as one of the “Ten Most Beautiful Places in Amami” and the “New 100 Landscapes of Kagoshima.” Take in the grand panoramic view of the landscape.

Address 682 Suno, Kasari-cho, Amami City

Oshima-tsumugi Mura

This place offers an Oshima-tsumugi factory tour, a hand-woven fabric that is one of the main specialties of Amami Oshima, as well as hands-on experience of mud dyeing.

Oshima-tsumugi  Exterior
Oshima-tsumugi  Factory tour

Pretty scrunchies made with Oshima-tsumugi will make a great souvenir for your mother/daughter!

Oshima-tsumugi   Scrunchy

Address 1945 Akaogi, Tatsugo-cho, Oshima County
Business hours 9:00–17:00
Regular holiday Closed on the New Year holidays (Dec. 31 to Jan.1)

Amami Resort Bashayama-mura

Stay at a resort hotel facing a white-sand beach right in front. Enjoy a relaxing time with authentic aromatherapy.

Amami Resort Bashayama-mura   Exterior
Amami Resort Bashayama-mura   One of the guestrooms

Address 1246-1 Yoan, Kasari-cho, Amami City

Kuroshio-no-Mori Mangrove Park

Explore the jungle-like mangrove forest by canoe, a must-do activity in Amami Oshima.

Paddling a tandem canoe with your mother/daughter will help strengthen your bonds!

Fees for canoeing: 2,000 yen for adults; 1,800 yen for elementary/junior high school students; free for younger children

Address 478 Ishihara, Sumiyo-cho, Amami City

Amami-Oshima World Heritage Conservation Center

Opened in July 2022 alongside the Mangrove Park, this exhibition facility offers a simulation experience of the great world heritage forest.

世界遺産センター ©環境省

Address 467-1 Ishihara, Sumiyo-cho, Amami City
Business hours 9:00–17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Regular holiday Closed on Thursdays (except for holiday Thursdays), and New Year holidays (Dec. 29 to Jan. 3)

Kinsakubaru Primeval Forest Tour

Explore the subtropical forest with an eco-tour guide. It is recommended to sign up for this tour together with the mangrove canoeing.
You won’t have to worry about anything because the guide leads you at your own pace!

Tokunoshima Nakusami-kan

Tokunoshima Island preserves the bullfighting culture with a history of more than 400 years. It is the largest bullfighting arena on the island. If you visit this place on a day without bullfighting, you can still learn about the history in the materials exhibition room.

Tokunoshima Nakusami-kan  Exterior
Tokunoshima Nakusami-kan   Actual bullfighting

Address 626 Metegu, Isen-cho, Oshima County


One of the greatest view spots on Tokunoshima! This area has strange-shaped rocks and striking cliffs, which were created from elevated coral reefs by erosion over time. The “megane-iwa” rock, which looks like a pair of eyeglasses, is a must-see.

Innojofuta Megane-iwa rock

Address Kaneku, Amagi-cho, Oshima County

Night Tour

Let’s join the night tour with a certified guide to explore Tokunoshima in the dark. If you are lucky, you may be able to catch sight of rare animals and plants, such as Amami rabbits, which are a national natural treasure.

Amami rabbit

Hotel Lexton Tokunoshima

Get a plenty of rest for the last day of your trip.

Hotel Lexton Tokunoshima   One of the guestrooms


Address 7459 Kametsu, Tokunoshima-cho, Oshima County

Aze Prince Beach

The combination of the pure white sand beach stretching for about 1.5 km and the cobalt-blue ocean creates this magnificent view. This beach was named for then Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko’s visit in 1972.
Take a nice photo with your mother with the blue ocean of Tokunoshima in the background for a memento!

Aze Prince Beach

Address Aze, Tokunoshima-cho, Oshima County

Kanamisaki Sago Palm Tunnel

The cluster of about 300 to 350-year-old sago palm trees has created this narrow pathway through a tunnel-like arch stretching for about 200 meters. As an ending point for your 4-day trip, take a good last look at the tropical landscape.

Kanamisaki Sago Palm Tunnel


Address Kanami, Tokunoshima-cho, Oshima County

Recommended lunch stop! Gibier café Tougura

Enjoy Gibier dishes and local food made by local amachan (mothers) while taking in the ocean view.

Gibier café Tougura  One of the set meals
Gibier café Tougura   Interior

Address 474 Kanami, Tokunoshima-cho, Oshima County
Business hours 11:00-14:00
Regular holiday Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

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The information herein is as of August 2022
I was born in Kagoshima Prefecture and have lived in different parts of Kyushu. A lover of food, sake, and hot springs in Kyushu, my goal is to become a “Sen-nin” (hot spring master), the highest rank for those who accomplish the “Tour of the Eighty-eight Hot Springs in Kyushu.” I hope to convey the fascinating aspects of Japan while featuring my beloved homeland Kyushu!

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