A reinvigorating vacation on an island
with gentle nature and people
Kikaijima, made of raised coral reefs, is a living island that is still rising little by little. The compact and flat island is easy to get around, and the island has a particularly idyllic air among the Amami Islands. Recommendations include not only scenic spots such as Sugira Beach, where you can feel as if you are on a private beach, but also health-promoting foods unique to Kikaijima, Japan’s leading sesame seed production region. The island’s beautiful natural surroundings, warm people, and delicious food will refresh the body and relax the mind.

~ Recommended photo spots on Kikaijima ~

Crystalline beach in front of the airport
Sugira Beach
You can swim at the beach regardless of the tides, and the sea with a 250-meter sandy beach and clear water has tropical fish. Water sports such as SUP are popular on the beach, and it is also a fantastic spot for seeing the sunset.
  • 【Address】
    248, Nakazato, Kikai-cho , Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-65-1111 (Kikai Town Planning and Tourism Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map
A lookout offering a 360-degrees view of Kikaijima
Hyakunodai Observatory
The viewing platform is on an expansive raised coral reef 203 meters above sea level at the island’s center. It offers a sweeping view of the coral reef sea, the Pacific Ocean, and the East China Sea, and the view is considered one of the top ten best views of Amami.
  • 【Address】
    2279, Kadon, Kikai-cho , Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-65-1111 (Kikai Town Planning and Tourism Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map

Kikaijima’s Instagrammable spots

Sugar Road
The sloping road stretches for 3km between sugar cane fields. It is a great spot for taking photographs with optical illusions using perspective.
  • 【Address】
    Isaneku, Kikai-cho , Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-65-1111
    (Kikai Town Planning and Tourism Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map
Ufuyaguchi Limestone Cave
The approximately 30-meter-long limestone cave has a wide entrance and a domed interior. It is a mystical place where light from the outside streams in.
  • 【Address】
    Shimanaka, Kikai-cho , Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-65-1111
    (Kikai Town Planning and Tourism Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map
Butterfly Road
The signpost, “蝶道”, marks Butterfly Road near the Hyakunodai National Park Observatory. Many butterflies arrive from May to June and October to November.
  • 【Address】
    Takigawa, Kikai-cho , Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-65-1111
    (Kikai Town Planning and Tourism Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map

~ Kikaijima’s popular foody spots ~

Enjoy the island’s farm produce
Yuraiba Yui Café
The relaxed café is in the town’s Farm Produce Processing Facility and Market. You can enjoy a menu of items committed to using ingredients sourced on the island, including cakes and juice made with native orange varieties.
Kikaijima’s traditional recipes creatively reimagined
Ufu☆Jo
The restaurant primarily serves the island’s traditional dishes made with an abundance of home-grown vegetables. Also popular are its imaginative dishes made with Kikaijima’s sesame seeds and fruits. The owner is also a soothing presence.

~ Come in touch with Kikaijima’s culture and nature ~

Go for an interesting stroll through the village lined with coral rock walls
Aden village’s coral rock walls
The coral rock walls of Kikaijima, which has no habu snakes, are very well preserved, and Aden village with many surviving walls is part of the island walk route. Why not explore the village with stonewalls where the sea breeze sweep across?
  • 【Address】
    Aden, Kikai-cho , Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-65-1111 (Kikai Town, Planning and Tourism Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map
Embraced by the banyan, the tree of continued happiness.
Tekuzuku’s banyan tree
Tekuzuku’s banyan tree occupying a magical spot is estimated to be over 100 years old. With radiating branches at 42 meters wide and a height of 17 meters, its majestic, soaring figure is a powerful sight.
  • 【Address】
    Tekuzuku, Kikai-cho , Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-65-1111 (Kikai Town Planning and Tourism Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map

~ Learn how the raised coral reef island came into being ~

Learn about coral reefs at the nature-experience facility
Kikai Institute for Coral Reef Sciences
Kikaijima is a raised coral reef island and a rarity worldwide as it has been continuing to rise from 100,000 years ago. The institute offers tours and research programs for learning about the island’s rare natural surroundings.
Explore the massive tunnel 15 meters below ground
Giant underground tunnel
Since Kikaijima is composed of coral reefs, an underground tunnel was built to store water between Ryukyu limestones. Anyone wishing to tour the underground tunnel should submit a request in advance.
  • 【Address】
    1372-1, Wan, Kikai-cho , Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-55-3151 (Kikai Tochi Kairyoku)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map