Okunoshima (Rabbit Island)

A popular tourist destination featuring furry friends!

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Ferries run from 07:40 to 19:30

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Okunoshima is an island off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, about two hours north of Iwakuni by car. The island is a peculiar and interesting destination – it is known as Rabbit Island not due to its shape but due to the thousands of rabbits that roam the island freely. The main theory behind how the island became overrun by rabbits dates back to the island’s war history. There were various chemical factories that were run during the second world war, and those factories often tested their chemicals on rabbits. When the war ended, the workers were said to have released all the rabbits and the island has since become home to an ever growing population.

The island itself is a beautiful small island that is surrounded by waters of the Southern Seto Inland Sea. You can walk around the island and take in the view, take pictures with the small cute rabbits, or alternatively go and explore the old factory ruins that are open to the public. There are various guide signs and trails that run throughout the factories explaining various points of interest. There is a resort on the island as well as a museum and other small rentals. You can buy rabbit food at the port on the mainland before heading to the island via ferry.