Remote-Island Bed-and-Breakfast: “Horizon Club”
Light Breakfast at “Horizon Club” -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/7.1, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Light Breakfast at “Horizon Club”

Our New-Year's trip to the Amami Islands in southern Japan consisted of two nights on the main Amami-Ooshima island, followed by two nights on the much smaller, much more sparsely-populated next island south, Kakeroma-jima (カケロマ島, the island outlined in blue on the second map of my initial post). The land area covers the size of a large city, but it has a population of only about 1,000.

We stayed at Horizon Club, a “pension” (bed and breakfast) near the eastern ferry port. (Horizon Club – ホライゾンクラブ: web site · blog)

View From The Road -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
View From The Road

The location consists of a small two-room lodge, and three little cottages, one of which was ours. There's nothing to do anywhere nearby except relax, and perhaps go fishing or scuba diving (the latter being a popular reason for people to visit the island).

Our Cottage -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Our Cottage
Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Quaint Little Vanity Area (horribly out of focus, sorry) -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Quaint Little Vanity Area
(horribly out of focus, sorry)

Dinner and breakfast come with the room.

The dinners were extravagant... exceptional.... just amazing in every dimension: presentation, variety, volume, and taste, all prepared by the proprietress who had no formal cooking training before she decided to leave the rat race and start the pension on this remote island six years ago. She does more than just the cooking: she and her husband built the place themselves.

I neglected to take any photos of the dinners (what was I thinking!?) but they easily surpassed those of our previous New-Year's trip (see Food at a Japanese Seaside Ryokan). The only negative I can say about Horizon Club's dinner is that the variety and volume were so great that I'm certain it would be physically impossible for someone to actually eat everything provided.

One evening, we were even treated to an impromptu shamisen performance by the nine-year-old daughter of the cook's helper (seen in the orange vest in these year-old pictures.)

Breakfasts were less elaborate, but still wonderful presentations.

Dining Room Ready for Breakfast -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/60 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Dining Room Ready for Breakfast
Looking Toward the Front Room of the Lodge -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 26mm — 1/30 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking Toward the Front Room of the Lodge
Breakfast, Morning #1 -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/60 sec, f/7.1, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Breakfast, Morning #1
Waiting for Mommy, Morning #2 -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/60 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Waiting for Mommy, Morning #2

The most amazing thing about these meals, besides that they're provided in the middle of nowhere, is that they are essentially free. The same meals most anywhere else in Japan would cost more than the entire $80-per-person room and board fee charged by Horizon Club. Most Excellent.

Looking for Shells -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 44mm — 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking for Shells

As you can see from the satellite view, there's not a whole lot around the place (or anywhere on the entire island, for that matter). Stepping across the road from the driveway, you can look out across the water to the bigger island directly to the north.

View from the Driveway toward Amami-Ooshima -- Kakeromajima (Amami), Kagoshima, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/250 sec, f/11, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
View from the Driveway
toward Amami-Ooshima

One comment so far...

Looks incredible. We are thinking of visiting Amami Oshima this month, but the Horizon club site seems to be down. Great photos of the room and the food, it does look deeelicious!

— comment by Justin Vernon on April 6th, 2014 at 10:10pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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