Tokunoshima is the second largest of the Amami Islands and comprises the towns Amagi, Isen and Tokunoshima. A trip to explore its shores lets visitors truly understand and appreciate island life.
The island is known as “the island of longevity.” Supercentenarians Shigechiyo Izumi and Kamato Hongo, who lived in Isen until their deaths, were recognized by Guinness World Records as some of the oldest people in the world.
Tokunoshima produces more sugar cane than any other island in Japan. This key agricultural product is vital to local people, who live slow, laidback lives surrounded by nature. They can often be heard humming traditional island songs (shimauta), which are a mix of Amami and Okinawa music. Every year, lively events, including bull fighting competitions and a triathlon, bring out their passionate spirit.
Local people’s snack of choice tends to be a cup of green tea with a treat made from kokuto, a brown sugar unique to Japan’s southern islands. The island is also renowned for the locally produced distilled spirit, kokuto shochu, which has a sweet aroma and is soft on the tongue.
Tokunoshima offers visitors a relaxing and culturally rich experience.
A laidback island renowned for long life