Ponder of the power of water
on an island with a natural reservoir.
Okinoerabujima is an island of water with abundant water flowing beneath the surface throughout the island. A limestone cave created by the ample groundwater is a tourist spot representing the island. Potatoes and flowers are actively grown on the island, and you can see life on the island that involves water everywhere. The island’s northern reaches offer dynamic sceneries, including sheer cliffs and the seawater spouting cave, Fucha, providing a glimpse of both the calmness and ruggedness of nature.

~ Enjoy Okinoerabujima’s dynamic sceneries ~

The island’s scenic spot is one of Amami’s top ten best sceneries.
Cape Tamina
The 51-meter-high bluff jutting out into the East China Sea is in northwest Okinoerabujima. The crystalline sea has coral reefs where you may see sea turtles.
  • 【Address】
    Tamina, China-cho, Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-84-3540 (Okinoerabujima Tourism Association)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map
A stunning contrast created by the deep blue horizon and the sky
Wanjo Beach
The famous sandy beach is gorgeously white and served as the filming location for an NHK historical drama. It is useful to families with children as it has restrooms and showers. The beach can also be used for barbeques and camping (require booking).
  • 【Address】
    Azefu, Wadomari-cho, Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-84-3512 (Wadomari Town Planning Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map

Okinoerabujima’s Instagrammable spots

Ujijihama Park
The series of oddly-shaped rocks eroded over many years is quite impressive. The spot is also popular for sunrise shots.
  • 【Address】
    Ashikiyora, China-cho, Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-84-3540
    (Okinoerabujima Tourism Association)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map
Giant banyan tree
The banyan tree with outstretched branches is in Kunigami Elementary School’s yard.
*Please exercise consideration to the school when viewing.
  • 【Address】
    2904, Kunigami, Wadomari-cho, Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-84-3512
    (Wadomari Town Planning Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map
Fucha (seawater-spouting cave)
The seawater-spouting cave was created as raised coral reefs became eroded by the rough waves. With luck, you might see a sea turtle from the edge.
  • 【Address】
    Kunigami, Wadomari-cho, Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-84-3512
    (Wadomari Town Planning Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map

~ Okinoerabujima’s recommended foody spots ~

Imaginative Japanese-style dishes made with island ingredients
Sosaku Shima Ryori Tohgura
The owner personally procures fresh island fish each morning and serves a menu of imaginative, mind-and-body-nourishing Japanese-style dishes made with freshly sourced island vegetables.
Enjoy a relaxing island time in a stylish restaurant
Erabu Kitchen Teru
Enjoy superb views and a meal at this seaside location. The restaurant offers a take-out service for lunch, including fresh pasta dishes and coffee, and food made with island ingredients, and alcoholic drinks in the evening.
A cafe overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the center of the island’s southern region.
Café Leaf
The café is attractive for offering a superb ocean view from its front yard and interior. It is an excellent place for those wishing to enjoy a relaxing lunch or coffee with cake while appreciating the sea view.

Places to buy and experience Okinoerabujima’s specialties

Okinoerabu Bashofu Kaikan
Bashofu is the traditional textile of the southwestern islands made of fibers from the itobasho banana plant in the Musaceae family. The center offers tours and mini-experience sessions. *Dec. – Mar.: Fiber extraction / Apr. – Sep.: Spinning and weaving (require booking)
Interactive tourism base Erabukoko
The tourism base provides sightseeing pamphlets and sells local specialties and souvenirs. Visit if you wish to get information about the island.
  • 【Address】
    1029-3, Yaja, China-cho, Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-84-3540
    (Okinoerabujima Tourism Association)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map
Shoryudo Sabo So
Located near Shoryudo Cave, the teahouse serves the island’s sweet treats, made with wheat flour and brown sugar with a characteristic chewy texture and mellow sweetness.

~ Experience Okinoerabujima’s limestone cave ~

A splendid and magical space created by stalactites
Shoryudo Cave
The limestone cave is Kagoshima Prefecture’s natural monument, and 600 meters of the 3,500-meter cave is open to the public. The stalactite formation is wonderous, and the flowstones, in particular, are the largest in Japan.
Experience the vast space under Okinoerabujima
Caving explorations
The exploration tour that takes you into a limestone cave where you can experience the grandeur of the island’s nature lets you enjoy extraordinary sceneries. Anyone participating for the second time can take on the island’s largest cave, Ginsuido. Please call for details.
  • 【Address】
    284-1, China, China-cho, Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    090-3815-8281 (Okinoerabujima Caving Association)

~ Learn about Okinoerabujima’s history and culture ~

Learn the story that gave birth to the idea, “revere heaven, love people”
Saigo Nanshu Kinenkan
The museum houses a replica of the wooden cage that kept Saigo after he angered Lord Shimazu Hisamitsu and was exiled to Okinoebarujima as a Satsuma domain’s felon. You can see a statue of the thin yet noble Saigo Takamori.
Natural water gushes all over the island
Jikkyonuhoh
Hoh means river in the island vernacular, and jikkyonuhoh was used as a precious water source and a place for the islanders to mingle until the island developed its water system. It is one of the top 100 springs of the Heisei era.
  • 【Address】
    Serikaku, China-cho, Oshima District
  • 【Inquiries】
    0997-84-3162 (China Town Planning and Promotion Section)
  • 【Google Maps】
    See a zoomed map