Updated: April 12, 2019
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Rabbit Island in Ōkunoshima, Hiroshima

Hiroshima

Have you ever dreamt of visiting an island with hundreds and hundreds of rabbits roaming around freely? You need to visit the island of Okunoshima, in Hiroshima Prefecture.

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Rabbit Island

On Okunoshima island (多久野島), otherwise known as "Usagi Jima" (rabbit island), are hundreds or rabbits roaming around freely on the island. This island is located in the Seto inland sea, it is only 3 km away from Takehara city, in Hiroshima.
On this island, the bunnies have no predators and are fed by the all the visitors. In 2013, it was said that there were 700 rabbits on the island. The type of rabbit on the island is mainly "European rabbit", the fluffy type.

The island's history

During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army created poisonous gas to use against Chinese soldiers and civilians. Because this went against an international treaty, they erased this island from the map in order to keep it secret.

It is unknown as to why there are so many rabbits on the island, some believe it is because the poisons were tested on the rabbits and they were freed after the war.

It is also believed that some school children have released 8 rabbits in the wild, but since hunting is prohibited and they have no predators, they reproduced...well like rabbits.
You can visit the Poison Gas Museum on the island.

OPENING HOURS:
9:00-16:30

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adults (19 yo+): 100 yen, or 80 yen if you are a group of over 20 people
Children (18 yo-): 50 yen, or 40 yen if you are a group of over 20 people

How to get there

From Tokyo:
You have to take the shinkansen toward Hiroshima from Tokyo or Shinagawa station to get to Fufuyama station. From there, change to the JR Sanyo-hon line toward Mihara to get to Mihara station. Then at Mihara station, you should change to JR Kure line to get to Tadanoumi station.

You can only get to the island by ship.
There are departures from Mihara or Sunami to Okuno island, 5 times a day.

For a round trip: It is 2,400 yen from Mihara island for adults (and 1,200 yen for children). It is 1,600 yen for adults (800 yen for children).

To book the ship, you can get a ticket at the port, but you cannot book it on the same day.

Finally...

Animal lovers, you need to also visit these other areas overrun by wild animals. How about checking out Snow Monkeys relaxing in the onsen, or petting foxes in the wild, or even being greeted by cats on a tiny island?
They're waiting for you.
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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