How to get Rabbit island in Japan and Where to Stay
Do you like cute animals? Looking for some unknown island full of cute animals in Japan?
In this article, we introduce you the island full of rabbit, how to get the island and where to stay. We updated on June, 2017 with all the useful information for you to travel to the rabbit island. New time tables and new ship line info from Mihara port.
The Rabbit Island
The island is called Okunoshima island ( "大久野島" in Japanese). Okunoshima, 4km diameter, is located in Seto inland sea, 3km away from Takehara city, Hiroshima.
In 1971 a primary school outside of the island released 8 rabbits onto the island. The first 8 rabbits grew in the number over the years. Around 700 rabbits were recorded in the study in 2013.
More than 100,000 rabbit lovers visit the island every year. To protect the rabbit, you are not allowed to bring any dog to the island except guiding dogs for the blind people.
Poison Gas Museum
Unlike other animal islands which are normal fishermen' villages, Okunoshima has an interesting history.
In 1920s then-Japanese army established the chemical weapon(poison gas) factory on the island. Because it manufactured the chemical weapon which was prohibited under the international treaty, the existence of the island was deleted from the official map. You can visit the Poison Gas museum to learn more about it.
Details of The museum
Opening hour: 09:00AM-16:30 (Closed on Tuesday and year end and beginning)
100JPY for adult 19 year old or older
50JPY for kid 18 year old or younger
How to get the island
You can get the island by ship only
New ship line from April, 2017
From April, 2017 there is a new ship line from Mihara to Okuno island ON WEEKENDS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS. It is a 30 min trip. 13 mins from Mihara port to Sunami port, 17 mins from Sunami port to Okunoshima island.
|To Okuno island||Ship No.||To Mihara|
|From - To||One way||Round trip|
※All shown in JPY Child means a primary school kid or younger
How to book the ship?
For the new line, you can book in a 1 month in advance. You can not book it on the day. You can get a ticket at the port of departure though, the person with the reservation have a priority to be on board.
1. you call + 81 848 38 9030 ( 08:30AM - 17:00 )
2. you tell i. the date of departure, ii. which Ship. no, iii. which port to depart, iv. name of the passenger, v. number of the passenger, vi. your telephone number.
3. you get a reservation number.
We can help you book the seats if you give us the following information (our service fee starts from 100EUR ).
Get Omishima Ferry from Tadanoumi port("忠海港" in Japanese) to get off at Okuno port ("大久野港" in Japanese) ( the ship further goes to Sakari port, Ehime ("盛港" in Japanese) .
|One way(JPY)||Round trip(JPY)|
|fr. Sakari||fr. Okuno||arr. Tadanoumi||fr. Tadanoumi||fr. Okuno||arr.Sakari|
(※17:00 ship from Sakari stops at Okuno island ONLY during Feb-Oct.)
Modified as of 29 April, 2016 subject to changes
Contact of ferry company:
Tel: +81 0846-22-6199
Rough time frame to travel to rabbit island
To get the Tadanoumi port("忠海港" in Japanese)
5 min walk from JR Tadanoumi station
To get the Tadaonumi station("忠海駅" in Japanese)
Shinkansen line toward Hiroshima( "bullet train") from Tokyo station or Shinagawa station to get Fukuyama station ("福山駅" in Japanese)
Change at Fukuyama station to JR Sanyo hon-sen toward Mihara, to get Mihara station ("三原駅" in Japanese)
Change at Mihara ("三原駅" in Japanese) to JR Kure-sen to get Tadanoumi station
From Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama
All on its way from Tokyo by bullet train toward Hiroshima.
Where to stay
Holiday Village Ohkunoshima( "休暇村 大久野島/Kyukamura Ohkunoshima " ) has a hotel and camping site
Hotel type accommodation
62 Japanese type rooms and 2 western type rooms
Starting from 9060JPY with two meals depending on plan and season
After you click the below picture, you jump to the Japanese website but you can book from the box at the bottom left corner.
Starting from 1030JPY base price plus 410JPY per person
There are several plans such as one where you do not need to bring any camping equipment.
Contact: +81 846-26-0321
Contact form( please choose Ohkunoshima where it says "at Kyukamura" when contacting)
If you know more accommodations you recommend for the trip, please let us know!
We have some practical tips for visiting the rabbit islands.
1. Bring some tissue paper in case you want to use the toilet at the Tadanoum train station. No toilet paper (as of 2016).
2. Since the recent popularity, there are many visitors to this island. Be prepared to be in the line to BUY the ferry ticket if on weekends or holiday seasons. Be ready to stand for 30-40 mins before you can buy the ferry ticket and some rabbit food. Then, you will be in another line to GET ON the ferry. Avoid the holiday seasons and go there EARLY.
3. Do not give too much food for rabbits. You may see some leftover lying on the ground where rabbits are too full.
HAve a nice trip!
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Have a nice and safe trip!
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Source: Wikipedia, Omishima Ferry line, Hiroshima prefecture, Okunoshima island tourist office
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