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Kikaijima is an island located in the Satsunan Islands of Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. It is one of the Osumi Islands, and is approximately 40 kilometers north of the larger island of Amami Ōshima. It has an area of 59.57 square kilometers and a population of approximately 8,000 people.

Kikaijima is a volcanic island, with a peak of 464 meters at the summit of Mount Ōyama. The terrain is mostly hilly, with the majority of the island covered in subtropical evergreen forest. The climate is mild and humid, with an average temperature of 20°C in summer and 10°C in winter.

Kikaijima has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It is believed that the first settlers were the descendants of the ancient Jōmon people who arrived around 3,000 years ago. During the Edo period, the island was part of the Satsuma Domain and was used as a base for the production of sugar cane.

In 1876, a major earthquake struck the island, causing widespread destruction and killing over 200 people. In World War II, the island was the site of a major airbase and was the target of several air raids.

Today, the economy of Kikaijima is based mainly on fishing and agriculture. The island is also a popular tourist destination, with its beautiful beaches, lush forests and unique culture. In recent years, the island has become a popular destination for eco-tourism, with many visitors coming to see the island's unique wildlife and natural environment.

Excursion tips for a day in Kikaijima

Kikaijima is a picturesque island located in the Amami archipelago in southern Japan. With its beautiful beaches, lush forests, and stunning views, there is no shortage of things to do and explore on the island. Here is a list of activities for tourists to enjoy on a day trip to Kikaijima:

1. Visit the Kikaijima Observatory for breathtaking views of the island's rugged coastline and the nearby islands.
2. Take a stroll along the picturesque beaches and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.
3. Explore the lush forests and take in the unique flora and fauna.
4. Visit the local markets to sample some of the island's delicious cuisine.
5. Enjoy the local culture by visiting some of the island's museums and galleries.
6. Spend some time snorkeling or scuba diving to explore the vibrant underwater world.
7. Take a boat tour around the island to discover its hidden gems.
8. Enjoy some of the island's traditional festivals and celebrations.
9. Visit the Kikaigashima Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the island's guardian deity.
10. Visit the nearby Kikaigashima Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Japan.

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The climate in Kikaijima

Kikaijima has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. In spring, temperatures gradually rise and by April the island is warm and humid. During the summer months, temperatures reach an average of around 25°C and there is lots of rainfall. In autumn, temperatures gradually cool and by December the island is quite mild. Winter is generally mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below 10°C and rainfall is less frequent than in the other seasons.

Cruise weather for Kikaijima

Our weather forecast for Kikaijima helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Apr. 21st 2024 Apr. 21st 2024 max: 24.9 °C
min: 22.9 °C
29.9 m/s
49.0 m/s
89.3 %
18.2 m
84.8 %
1,012 hPa
Apr. 22nd 2024 Apr. 22nd 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 22.4 °C
23.4 m/s
37.1 m/s
84.4 %
22.2 m
92.6 %
1,012 hPa
Apr. 23rd 2024 Apr. 23rd 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 21.6 °C
28.8 m/s
41.8 m/s
83.9 %
18.8 m
87.7 %
1,011 hPa
Apr. 24th 2024 Apr. 24th 2024 max: 23.5 °C
min: 21 °C
23.0 m/s
24.1 m/s
95.9 %
19.2 m
89.5 %
1,011 hPa
Apr. 25th 2024 Apr. 25th 2024 max: 21.6 °C
min: 19.3 °C
23.5 m/s
26.6 m/s
100.0 %
19.1 m
86.2 %
1,012 hPa
Apr. 26th 2024 Apr. 26th 2024 max: 22.7 °C
min: 22 °C
31.0 m/s
44.6 m/s
100.0 %
15.3 m
93.0 %
1,008 hPa
Apr. 27th 2024 Apr. 27th 2024 max: 23.1 °C
min: 22.2 °C
19.4 m/s
20.9 m/s
77.4 %
24.1 m
85.3 %
1,010 hPa
Apr. 28th 2024 Apr. 28th 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 22.3 °C
31.3 m/s
53.6 m/s
79.2 %
22.0 m
90.2 %
1,009 hPa
Apr. 29th 2024 Apr. 29th 2024 max: 23.8 °C
min: 22.3 °C
29.9 m/s
57.2 m/s
95.4 %
20.6 m
91.8 %
1,008 hPa
Apr. 30th 2024 Apr. 30th 2024 max: 22.3 °C
min: 21.8 °C
28.8 m/s
31.0 m/s
95.5 %
24.1 m
75.6 %
1,012 hPa
May. 1st 2024 May. 1st 2024 max: 22.3 °C
min: 21.5 °C
43.2 m/s
45.0 m/s
67.0 %
23.5 m
80.1 %
1,014 hPa
May. 2nd 2024 May. 2nd 2024 max: 23.0 °C
min: 21.8 °C
36.7 m/s
38.5 m/s
98.6 %
23.8 m
87.3 %
1,012 hPa
May. 3rd 2024 May. 3rd 2024 max: 24.1 °C
min: 23.1 °C
28.8 m/s
36.0 m/s
48.1 %
22.9 m
93.9 %
1,013 hPa
May. 4th 2024 May. 4th 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 22.1 °C
21.6 m/s
30.2 m/s
99.9 %
16.1 m
93.2 %
1,014 hPa
May. 5th 2024 May. 5th 2024 max: 22.2 °C
min: 21.6 °C
28.8 m/s
30.6 m/s
41.6 %
24.1 m
74.3 %
1,016 hPa

Cruises to Kikaijima

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Scheduled ship calls in Kikaijima , Japan
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Maritime AIS Data Kikaijima

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