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Aoshima Island, Miyazaki

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Meet the friendly feline inhabitants of Aoshima Island, an island known for its large population of cats. In fact, cats outnumber humans by a ratio of around 6:1 on the island, a fact that becomes immediately clear when arriving on the twice-daily ferry into the harbor. The island, 30 minutes by boat from Ehime prefecture, was home to around 900 people in 1945. Cats were brought to the island to help the fishermen catch mice that were getting onto their boats, and the population has grown steadily ever since. A visit to Aoshima Island represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Miyazaki trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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Where to stay in Miyazaki

Miyazaki includes an array of accommodations. The city center has a wealth of modern business hotels and luxury options, as well as some budget-friendly guesthouses close to the train station and a wealth of amenities. Look along the coast to the south to find the main beach resort area of Aoshima, boasting a number of well-maintained resorts dating back to the town's 1980s heyday. Here, some newly built hotels indicate a resurgence in the city's reputation over recent years.
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  • You need to go to the island for the shrine. The rocks around the island are called either the devils washboard or the ogres washboard. I have never seen anything like it. It does look man made but it...  more »
  • Took our little ones to see the island and wash board surrounding it. It has mini tide pools in the washboard areas with many sea slugs, crabs, and small fish. We walked to the island and walked 1/2 w...  more »
  • Nice day trip on city bus you can catch out in front of JR Station. Purchase your all day bus pass ticket in a store outside the station and across from the bus stops. This bus will stop and pick you ...  more »