I'm currently on the main island of Okinawa Japan. I intend to take the ferry to Kagoshima, Kyushu when I'm ready to leave but ...

I know both ferry companies that operate the route make a stop at another Okinawan island about half way to Kyushu called Amami.

But I don't know if I have to buy two separate tickets if I want to spend some time there.

Or is there any kind of special ticket that allows something like a hop-on hop-off service for this route?

According to Wikivoyage the ferry prices are:

  • Kagoshima (11 hours) ¥8,800
  • Naha (13 hours) ¥9,300

That comes to ¥18,100 which seems quite a bit more than the direct fare from Naha to Kagoshima: ¥15,200 - Is there a way to make it cheaper?

(I'll be going the cheapest way possible, which I assume is 2nd class, and actually from Motobu rather than Naha.)

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I can't prove a negative, but as far as I can tell by looking at the sites of A-Line and Marix, the answer is no, they don't offer any sort of hop-on-hop-off ticket, nor do you get any "stopovers" if you buy a longer ticket.

There's a third option from Amami to Kagoshima, the once-weekly Tokara Ferry via the tiny and obscure Tokara Islands (long on my personal to-do list), but this costs even more at ¥11,620 one-way.

  • Yes I saw the Tokara option and it caught my attention too. But with my funds dwindling the higher cost was disappointing. But is this the price for one-way from which place? Okinawa or Kagoshima? Mar 5, 2014 at 5:02
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    Naze (Amami Oshima) to Kagoshima via Tokara. Again, stops cost money, but not much: eg. Naze-Kuchinoshima-Kagoshima is 6410+6010=Y12420, or 800 yen extra. Mar 5, 2014 at 6:02

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