Okunoshima: The Japanese Rabbits Island

This is a blog article about a trip to the Ookuno Island, where you can go by ferry from Hiroshima. There are still remains of a chemical weapon manufacturing facility that was used during World War I. This island is also famous for having hundreds of wild rabbits.

"The Land Of Rabbits!"

It is one of the hottest places to visit now in Japan, Okunoshima a.k.a. the land of rabbits! A ferry from Tadanoumi Station (via Hiroshima Station) costs 310 yen and takes about 10 minutes.

Okunoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. There are campsites, walking trails and places of historical interest on the island. It is often called Usagi Jima ("Rabbit Island") because of the numerous feral rabbits that roam the island; they are rather tame and will approach humans. Okunoshima played a key role during World War II as a poison gas factory for much of the chemical warfare that was carried out in China.


Cute furs are all over in the island!!

"Oh my....they are SO cute!!!"

"Ah this is heavenly!!"
I took so many pictures of them.

Push and shove...?

Such a handsome rabbit!

Does their hair turn grey just like us when they get older...?

Nap time...

Be lazy!


They come close to you when you kneel!

When I looked down...

Rabbits' poop!!

It was too late when I learned...I recommend you NOT dress too pretty when you visit these fur-friends.

A rental bike allowed me to see the island!

The poison gas storage site.

The site of the power plant.

Rabbits everywhere!

Yummy cabbage...

"Treats?" "Gimme something yummy"

As soon as I got off my bike, my new fur-friends came begging me. They are fearless of humans.

"I am sorry I have nothing to give you..."

"What? Then I have no business with you!!" "You are boring!!"

They lost interest so quickly...

The site of north battery.

I found a quiet beach...

After the bike ride, I had this soft ice cream with chocolate (these chocolate dots are supposed to look like rabbits' poop!).
These dots are much bigger than the real thing...

They are chocolate-coated peanuts!

Here’s the ferry back to Tadanoumi…

I had so much fun with my new cute fur-friends :)


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Written by Kinako Kashiwagi

Lives in Hiroshima. I draw comics and illustrations. My hobby is traveling alone. I want to visit every prefecture in Japan!