Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Irimote Island are part of the Ryukyu Island chain located southwest of the main Japanese island of Honshu. Each island has its own unique natural features and experiences.
Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture is the northernmost of this group of islands. Amami-Oshima, Japan, is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site best known for its rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes. It is home to various species that you can only find here due to its remoteness and high levels of protection. Amami-Oshima has many natural sites like the Kinsakubaru Forest and Native Mangrove Forest, both of which you can experience by trekking and kayak.
Tokunoshima Island is just off the coast of Amami Island and is known for its bullfighting culture. Visitors here can soak in the bull sumo tradition and even spend the day learning with a hands-on experience. This island is also home to rare nocturnal wildlife that you can view through a nighttime trek.
Experience a dynamic sense of nature with the expansive Yanbaru Forest in the northern part of Okinawa Island. It has one of the region's most unique and beautiful locations - Daisekirinzan in the Yanbaru Forest.
Iriomote Island is the farthest away from the mainland and is near Taiwan. This small island is one of the few places in the world where you can see star-shaped grains of sand.