Ayamaru Misaki is a small cape jutting out of the eastern coast of Amami island, only a couple of minutes north of the the airport. The cape hosts are large public park, Ayamaru Misaki Kanko Park, which offers a large play ground, an elevated observation deck and a very nice sea pool. The park has all the services you need, like vending machines, toilets and a cafeteria. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon, especially if you travel with children.
Cape Ayamaru is located near the eastern-most point of Amami island, and sticks out into the wild and beautiful pacific ocean. The activities at Ayamaru Misaki Kanko Park are naturally centered around enjoying the the ocean and the magnificent views. Most activities target families with children. On the large, grassy area there is a huge playground which will no-doubt entice young children. There are also various activities available, like a cycle train for children, and “grand golf”, a relaxed, miniature version of golf using larger clubs and colorful balls. Grand Golf is well suited for families, but retired locals also like to come here and play.
The major attraction at Ayamaru Misaki Kanko Park is the sea pool. A large area of the rocky coast has been shaped into a rough pool. The pool naturally fills with sea water, and is protected from direct waves. The natural rock formations surrounding the tip of the cape brakes the waves, and maintain a calm area to swim in. A concrete jetty is constructed into the pool for easy access. The sea pool provides a slightly safer alternative for children to swim in the waters of the pacific ocean.
On the western side of the green area is a small hill, on top of which an observation deck has been constructed. From the deck there is a stunning view over the pacific ocean, the east-coast of Amami and, of course, the park below. On clear days there is a direct view of the neighbouring island of Ikai. A tourist information center, which also functions as a small cafe, is located near the top of the hill. This is also where the bus stop is.
By car: from the airport, follow route 82 north for 5km (about 10 minutes). You can enter the park from two directions. The first option is to turn right when you reach the intersection with two small, white signs and a blue totem pole on the right side of the road. Don’t worry if you miss the rather unusual totem pole. At the next side road there is a large road sign pointing you towards Ayamaru Misaki.
There are three parking lots associated with the park; one at the southern end, one at the northern end near the sea pool and one on the hill, by the observation deck and tourist information.
Need a car? rent one here.
By bus: There is a bus stop called あやまる岬 (ayamaru misaki) on the top of the hill, near the tourist information center. The bus which runs between the airport (奄美空港) and 佐仁 in the north stops here a few times every day. Not every bus stops, and the last bus service may be in the early afternoon already, so plan accordingly. Most recent schedules and maps can be found on the website of the local bus company, Shima Bus.
? Shima Bus official website (japanese)
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