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Did you know that rabbits have their own island in Japan? Welcome to Ōkunoshima!

A little away from Hiroshima, you'll find Japan's mystery island - Ōkunoshima! This small patch of paradise is home to hundreds of cute bunnies. If you're planning a trip to Rabbit Island, read this first!

Sharon Alphonso

Sharon Alphonso

Published on 27 Feb, 12:00

There is a secret island in Japan, and that island is home to hundreds of fluffy bunnies. Yes, I'm talking about Okunoshima, also known as, Rabbit island! If you're going there by bus or car, it will easily take you 2 hours to reach. Get off at Tadanoumi Port and keep an eye out for a store called The Gateway to Rabbit Island. It looks like this!

The gateway to rabbit island store
The gateway to rabbit island store

Over here, you'll be able to purchase ferry tickets to the Rabbit Island, souvenirs and special food pellets for your furry friends.

How big is Rabbit Island?

Surprisingly small. You can explore the entire island on foot or by bicycle in just one and a half hours. I recommend that you visit the island early and when the sun's out. During the winter, it gets dark sooner, and the route back to the ferry or hotel can be confusing and creepy at night.

View from rabbit island
View from rabbit island

How long does it take to reach Rabbit Island via ferry from Tadanoumi Fort?

Around 15-20 minutes. A new ferry boat comes every hour. The journey to the island is smooth and quick.

P.S: Get your camera out because the view around the island is spectacular! Look at this!

Ferry ride to Rabbit Island
Ferry ride to Rabbit Island

What to do after reaching Rabbit Island?

Meet the bunnies, of course! They'll flock to you once they see food in your hands. Rabbit Island only has one hotel and rabbits (of course) on it. Cycle around the island, feed the bunnies, pet them, click some pictures for Instagram and grab something light to eat at the hotel.

Feeding rabbits on usagi island
Feeding rabbits on usagi island

What to keep in mind when interacting with rabbits?

Rabbits are prey animals and do not have the same temperament as cats or dogs. They are quiet, reserved and shy animals. One way to bond with them is through food. Hence, the pellets!

feeding rabbit pellets
feeding rabbit pellets

You also want to avoid chasing them or holding them in your arms. You can gently pet them on their forehead and behind their tiny ears. Also, avoid feeding them any other food other than the pellets. Human food is a big NO-NO! They can fall sick if they eat bread, processed snacks, rotten vegetables and potatoes.

If you want to do something nice for them, refill the water pans around the hotel. There isn't always sufficient drinking water on the islands, and small deeds like this will ensure that the rabbits are healthy and happy.

Is it possible to stay overnight in the island?

There is only one hotel on this island. Most of the time, the rooms are always booked. You will have to make a reservation in advance as the hotel may not accommodate last-minute visitors. There is a cute coffee place at the hotel too. Over here you can eat something light, drink a cup of coffee and read a book.

Please note: Sometimes, the hotel's card machine does not work. Always carry cash to be safe.

Usanchu Cafe at Rabbit Island
Usanchu Cafe at Rabbit Island

Are there any souvenirs available?

Yes, plenty! You can either buy them at the hotel on the island or the gateway to Rabbit Island store. Cookies, takeaway coffee beans, postcards with rabbit pictures, lunchboxes, cloth bags, plushies, stamps and more!

rabbit pellet pouches
rabbit pellet pouches

You're probably wondering if Rabbit Island is worth visiting or not?

I say, go for it!

It's a once in a lifetime experience, and if you love bunnies, this place will be like paradise on earth for you.

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Sharon Alphonso

Sharon Alphonso

I am a professional writer and digital content creator with seven years of work experience. Creating fun and informative content about Japan brings me great joy. I look forward to making new memories in Japan and sharing my stories with you. Keep an eye out for my articles!

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