Trip with a Rent a Car in Kagoshima pref: Enjoy the mangrove forest and sea of Amami
What we'll do
You will be very satisfied on this tour that lets you enjoy everything from Amami's mountains, to the rivers, and also the ocean. At Mangrove Park, magnificent scenery and precious animals are waiting for you. And you can also take a ride in a canoe that even children and the elderly can enjoy. The Marine Viewer Seto has a submerged corridor where you can enjoy a stroll while viewing a coral reef and tropical fish up close. Honohoshi Kaigan Beach is its stones on the shore that have been rounded from the crashing waves, giving it a somewhat different feeling than Amami's other beaches. Be sure to spend some time healing your mind while surrounded by Amami's lush nature.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Amami Airport Shop.
5-minute walk from front of Amami Airport.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 6,325 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
Mangrove Park rests in Sumiyo village, about 90% of which is covered by deep forest. It is home to protected species, and the mangrove forest that spreads out from the estuary at Sumiyo Bay is composed of two types of plants. The scope of the forest is the second largest in Japan next to Okinawa Prefecture's Iriomotejima Island. The valuable fish ryukyuayu that is said to be extinct in Okinawa still inhabits this area, and at low tide crabs moving in large groups can also be seen. Inside the park there are an abundance of courses that will ensure a fulfilling trip to Amami, including ground golf, canoeing, and segway tours with a local guide. At the restaurants, make sure to taste yellowfin tuna caught daily in the nearby ocean, tuna and rice don dishes made with homemade sauce, and local chicken dish keihan.
2Marine Viewer Seto
From aboard the Marine Viewer Seto semi-submerged sightseeing boats, passengers can see the Oshima Strait coral reef that spreads out over the southern part of Amami Oshima Island and tropical fish right before their eyes from the underwater observation rooms. Depending on the weather and the sea conditions each day, there are three courses to choose from, each about 35 minutes round trip (currently, two of the courses have suspended operations). There are two types of ships, red and blue, designed after whales, and from the deck passengers can look out at the blue ocean scenery. From the submerged observation room, passengers can take a peek into the colorful and mysterious world under the sea. Take a ride on the Marine Viewer Seto and have a taste of the extraordinary. *Depending on the weather and the conditions of the sea, departure times may change. *The number of passengers for each boat is fixed. Once that number is reached, reception will finish. Calling ahead of time to reserve a spot is recommended.
3Honohoshi Kaigan Beach
Honohoshi Kaigan Beach is a gravel beach running along the southernmost tip of Amami Oshima Island. It's a strange beach where, when the waves roll in and out, rocks smash together making a sound like drums. It's also known as a power spot. The waves here are rough, so the beach is not good for swimming. However, the area is filled with round stones, and there are also caves and beautifully maintained open spaces, making it a great spot to stop and stretch your legs during a drive. The stones cut into round shapes by the waves are beautiful, and you might want to take some home as souvenirs, but please note that taking any pebbles from the shore out of the beach is not allowed.