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Okinoerabu Island, The Southernmost Island In Kagoshima

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Okinoerabu Island, The Southernmost Island In Kagoshima

Okinoerabu Island is part of the Amami archipelago between Kyushu and Okinawa. This small island (93.63 km2) is where you can experience untouched nature and the most beautiful emerald green coloured sea.

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Okinoerabu Island can be accessed by airplane or ferry. It takes about one hour from Kagoshima Airport or Naha Airport by plane. By ferry, it takes about 7 hours from Naha Port in Okinawa, and about 17 hours from Kagoshima New Port.

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Here are some of the attractions of the island.

Shoryu Cave


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This limestone cave was designated as a natural monument of Kagoshima Prefecture.

Japan’s Greatest Banyan


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This banyan tree near the airport is designated as Japan’s greatest banyan tree. It is not to be missed!

Fucha


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This place is called Spray Cave; the contrasting colors of the sea and rocks are beautiful.

Cape Tamina


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This place is one of the top ten natural attractions of Amami. The view from the cliff is spectacular.

Yakomo Beach


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This beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the island. You can enjoy swimming and snorkeling.

Okidomari Sea Park


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This beach also has camping facilities, and is very popular thanks to its beautiful white sand.

Wanjo Beach


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This beach is famous for its beautiful, deep blue sea.

Ujiji Beach


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Odd calcareous stones have created the strange landscape of Ujiji Beach.

Oyama Botanical Park


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This park is located on the highest area of the island.

Koshiyama Park


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Koshiyama Park is the second highest place of the island. Visitors can enjoy rosebud cherries, which bloom in winter from January to February.

Hanzaki


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This famous place is often used as a filming location. The view from the cliff is the best!

Kurago


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This place is designated as a natural monument in Kagoshima Prefecture.

In addition, you won’t have any problem finding good food on Okinoerabu Island, because there are more than 50 restaurants, supermarkets and other shops. Local dishes often include pork dishes; be sure to try it!

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Okinoerabu Island is filled with fascinating attractions and nature that will restore your mind and body.

Website (in Japanese): http://www.erabu-navi.com
Website (in English): http://kic-update.com