Located on the west of Amami-Oshima Island, Kikaijima is an island of the raised coral reef . A huge underground dam provides water for farming. The production volume of white sesame is the largest in Japan. The island is well known for a wide variety of butterflies.

Butterfly's Paradise

Various colorful/beautiful butterflies and rare ones can be found, including "Asagimadara" and "Ogomadara" (Idea leucone).

The Best White Sesame in Japan

Kikaijima is the largest producer of white sesame in Japan. The sesame features rich aroma and great flavor. Various products are available such as snacks, dressings and oils.

Rising 2mm/year

Kikaijima is made of the elevated coral reef that has continued rising for 12 million years. It still keeps rising by 2mm/year and its speed is the second fastest in the world.

One of the Largest Corals in the world

There are lots of gigantic Porites coral around Kikaijima. Especially the one in the southeast coast is estimated to be over 400 years old and its size is one of the largest in the world.

Elegant Butterfly's Paradise

Kikaijima is well known among butterfly researchers and fans. There are various reasons that butterflies love this island including plenty plants that butterfly loves and geographical location, as well as the gentle attitude of the residents.


Thank you 『Ufukundeta』

Hello 『Konnichiwa』

Goodbye 『Mataaeroya』

History of hardship

Amami Islands are considered as the important sites for trade and defense due to its geographical feature. Originally it was independent trade nation but under ruled by different sovereigns changed (Ryukyu, Satsuma clan, USA for 8 years after the WWII) several times.

Kikaijima Cycle Course, an island where mysterious giant banyan trees and butterflies dance

Kikaijima Cycle Course, an island where mysterious giant banyan trees and butterflies dance-1

The Pacific side, where you can see giant banyan trees and coral stone walls, is a course where you can enjoy a comfortable cycling experience because of its many flat areas. In the central part of the island, where the earth is rising the second fastest in the world, the Sugar Road, which stretches gently into the sky through the sugar cane fields, will excite your mood. In addition, the view of marine terraces and the ocean seen from Hyakunodai will surely fascinate you.

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Explore Secret Paradise on the Kikai Ferry Route

The Kikai Island ferry route connects Kagoshima with Kikai Island, Amami Oshima Island, Tokunoshima and Okinoerabu Island. Here, you’re guaranteed to discover dream-like landscapes and culture and adventure that simply doesn’t exist in cities. Find relaxation on a new level and forge benevolent relationships that will become meaningful bonds for life. Travel Japan’s southern island paradise by ferry and come home with an unforgettable story to tell.


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