Okunoshima: Rabbit Island!

Island draws tourists to see more than 1,000 rabbits

By Andrea Kahlow    - 1 min read

Okunoshima, also known as Rabbit Island, is a small island between Shikoku and Honshu. While technically part of Hiroshima Prefecture, it is also quite close to Ehime Prefecture. There are no human residents on this island, but there are over 1,000 rabbits. No one really knows why the rabbits are there. Some believe they were brought as test subjects for the poison gas factory and warehouse that was in operation on the island up until WWII, but there is little evidence to support it either way. Nowadays, the island draws tourists from all over the world to see the dozens and dozens of rabbits. With a campground and one hotel on the island, it's a great place for a weekend trip!

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Andrea Kahlow

Andrea Kahlow @andrea.kahlow

Who: recent grad from Wisconsin living and working in Chiba as an ALT. Loves: coffee, anime/manga, tea, traveling, binge watching tv shows, animal cafes, japanese arcades, soft fluffy things, food, pretending to take cool photos, and anything artsy. Goals: to not only travel around Japan, but all of Asia, and learn more about Japan!