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Excursion 'What is best on the island of Amami Oshima and making Tsumugi'


In this tour, you will visit unique nature and culture of Amami Oshima Island. With its unique formation of landscape, Amami is called to be as "Orient Galapagos". Ayamaru Cape is one of the Top 10 famous views in Amami. Beatiful coastal line of coral reefs can be seen from its viewpoint. Tsumugi is a traditional crafting that has been inheritad over 200 years. The process of making Tsumugi is comlex. The fabric is soaked in a mixture of lime water and dye from the sharinbai plant, then soaked and kneaded countless times in rice-field mud before being boiled in colored water, which turns the rough fabric a rusty color. Oshima Tsumugi Mura Village is to showcase making of Tsumugi and be able to experiece its complex process. In Omami Oshima Brewary (Black Sugar Shochu Brewary), you can experience one of the kind shochu in Japan. Black Sugar Shochu is originated in Amami and it has awarded with gold at monde selection.

What we will see
  • Island of Amami Oshima
  • Cape Ayamaru with views of the coral reef
  • Village of Oshima Tsumugi Mura and artisan manufacture of Tsumugi
  • Amami Oshima Brewery and Shōchū tasting session

What we will do
  • We start our excursion on the island of Amami Oshima by admiring its unique landscape. Amami Oshima is the largest of the Amami islands and is part of the Ryūkyū archipelago (known as “Galapagos of the East”) south of Japan.
  • Cape Ayamaru is a must when visiting the island and is one of the 10 most famous panoramic spots in Amami offering amazing views of the coral reef.
  • During our visit to the village of Oshima Tsumugi Mura, we have the chance to witness how the intricate fabric of the same name is made. The artisan manufacturing process of Tsumugi is over two hundred years old. The fabric is made with scraps from silk processing and is first submerged in a mix of lime water and dye extracted from a Japanese plant called Sharinbai. It is then dipped several times in paddy mud before being boiled in coloured water giving the rough fabric a rust colour.
  • After visiting the village, we move on to the Amami Oshima Brewery where we can taste the famous Shōchū, a typical Japanese spirit made from Amami cane sugar whose plantations constitute an important economic resource for the island.
When would you like to leave?
Adult US$ 73.00
Child (3-13 old) US$ 54.75
Length 4 hours approximately
Level Easy Easy
Type Sightseeing Sightseeing
Eco Natural Trail Eco Natural Trail
Recommended for families Recommended for families
What you need to know
  • The order of the visits may be subject to change and the coach transfer depends on the itinerary.
  • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
  • Heavy traffic is to be expected as it is travel season in Japan.
  • We recommend having Japanese Yens with you as there are no currency exchange offices in the port.
  • A clear view of the scenery is subject to weather conditions.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.