Mt. Yuwan


This is the highest mountain among the Amami Islands with an elevation of 694.4 meters (2278.21 ft.) above sea level. The mountain has a monument illustrating a legend that tells of two founding gods of the islands that came down from the heavenly sky to this mountain. This valuable mountain has a rich subtropical broad-leaved forest that houses a number of rare animals designated for special protection, including Amami Rabbit, Ryukyu Robin, Ryukyu Spiny Rat, Ryukyu long-tailed giant rat, and Lidth's jay. The area around the peak was designated as a quasi-national park special protection area in 1974. Visitors can access the observatory part at Mt. Yuwan by car, from which a great panoramic view of Yakeuchi Bay can be observed. The peak of the mountain can be reached on foot from the observatory park.

Spot Information

【Adress】Yuwan, Uken, Oshima, Kagoshima, Japan

【Phone Number】+81 (0)997-67-221 (Uken Village Hall)

【Transportation】15 minute drive from Uken Village Hall