How to get Rabbit island in Japan and Where to Stay
Rabbit island in Japan  Source: Wikipedia
Rabbit island in Japan Source: Wikipedia

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?

if you already knew the cat islands( how to get cat islands and where to stay) and the shark island ( how to get shark island and where to stay), how about rabbit? 


In this article, we introduce you the island full of rabbit, how to get the island and where to stay.


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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)

Entrance fee:

100JPY for adult 19 year old or older

50JPY for kid 18 year old or younger

The ship to take you to the raddit islan  Source: Omishima Ferry line
The ship to take you to the raddit islan Source: Omishima Ferry line

How to get the island

You can get the island by ship only


By ship


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)
Sakari~Tadanoumi Adult 360 720
Child 180 360
Adult 310 620
Child 160 320


Time table


  fr. Sakari fr. Okuno arr. Tadanoumi   fr. Tadanoumi fr. Okuno arr.Sakari
1 07:00 07:25 1 07:30 07:55
2 08:00 08:20 2 08:30 08:42 08:55
3 09:00 09:13 09:25 3 09:30 09:42 09:55
4 10:00 10:13 10:25 4 10:30 10:42 10:55
5 12:00 12:13 12:25 5 12:30 12:42 12:55
6 14:00 14:13 14:25 6 14:30 14:42 14:55
7 15:00 15:13 15:25 7 15:30 15:42 15:55
8 16:00 16:13 16:25 8 16:30 16:42 16:55
9 17:00 ※17:13 17:25 9 17:30 17:55
10 18:35 19:00 10 19:05 19:25

(※17:00 ship from Sakari stops at Okuno island ONLY during Feb-Oct.)

 As of Sept, 2015 subject to changes



Omishima Ferry

Tel: +81 0846)22-6199


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)


From Tokyo

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.

Camping site on Okunoshima island Source: Hiroshima prefecture
Camping site on Okunoshima island Source: Hiroshima prefecture
Do you like rabbit? Source: Hiroshima prefecture
Do you like rabbit? Source: Hiroshima prefecture

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.

Camping site

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! 


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Practical tips

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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Source: Wikipedia, Omishima Ferry line, Hiroshima prefecture, Okunoshima island tourist office


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Comments: 1
  • #1

    Matthias (Tuesday, 01 November 2016 22:05)

    Nice one! Remembers me to my trip 2 years ago to Rabbit Islands :)