Okunoshima Island, Takehara

4.5
Get smothered by stampeding rabbits on Okunoshima Island--a former secret government location for the manufacture of chemical weapons turned haven for cute and cuddly creatures. Visit the museum documenting the poison gas production and the island's' role in World War II. Here, artifacts and accounts tell of the terrible plight of the factory employees, who often suffered horrendous side effects. Note that English information is slightly limited here. After the museum, counter the bleak history by getting acquainted with the current local inhabitants, who are very tame and will hop over you in search of something to eat. Put Okunoshima Island at the forefront of your travel plans using our Takehara trip planning site .
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  • There were many rabbits. Even small children running after the rabbit, the parents laugh is sad. Unlike other dog chasing a rabbit, race does not. Just running away. Too much of the food is food for the crows and wild boar. Take your litter home.
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  • If you like rabbit, you should not miss this island. All the rabbits there are wild born and they would run to you for snack! They are so cute and the resort there is nice too! You can do hot bath, ma...  more »
  • I have to laugh at the people who complained about arriving here from Kyoto and expecting to see Rabbit Island and Hiroshima in one day - it's simply not possible. You must research this before trying...  more »
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  • My wife and I had mixed expectations about visiting. We were very pleasantly surprised! A few points worth noting: 1. The rabbits are in good health, and they are friendly. We encountered many of them and fed them. They showed no aggression to us at all and despite being wild they were very delicate taking food. Some even let us pet them and obviously enjoyed it. 2. The ferry schedule is a little confusing, and in retrospect it would have been easy to get stranded on the island overnight if you don't determine your departure time and pier number (there are more than 1) before arriving. Also note that your arrival pier might not be your departure pier. Finally, the train back to Hiroshima or elsewhere stops running pretty early, so check that too. All in all, lots of fun! Interesting too with the old chemical weapons factory buildings. A bit of history for any adults who aren't interested in the rabbits (you are, admit it).
  • Lovely day trip. A lap of the island and a picnic lunch will take you from mid morning to the 4pm ferry. Bring some extra veggies for the hungry buns and make sure to check out all the historical sights.
  • Excellent place for bunnies lover. 800hundred bunnies on the island. It took 3 hours to arrive there from Hiroshima-Station. It better start to take train on 8am to catch the Kure line (1 train per hour). Boat at the Omishima ferry leave on 10:25. It’s worth to get there by long distance, enjoy bunnies running to you.
  • Train station is closed because of heavy rain last January (if I understood well), bus transportation are in place but it does not come very often, be careful of that. The Island is really nice, rabbits are not scared of humans, they do not seems to be agressive as well. The Island also have a past with WWII.
  • I enjoy coming here. The rabbits are used to our presence and will even climb on you to get food if you let them. Despite how out of the way it was for me, I managed to visit three times when I lived in Japan. Some tips: 1. Avoid going in the summer. It is hot. The rabbits hide in their holes or take shade under bushes and vehicles. It's hard to find them out and about. 2. Avoid Golden Week. We gave up when we saw the packed car parks and never-ending line of people waiting for the ferry. Going anywhere for Golden Week sucks, basically. I can't say much about other holidays, though. I once went during winter vacation (not Christmas) and there were very few people (and lots of rabbits!). 3. Skip the rabbit kibble and bring fresh vegetables with you instead. I liked to bring a head of cabbage. 4. It wouldn't be a bad idea to bring food for yourself. As far as I know, the only place that serves food is the hotel, which has mediocre options like curry and rice, which seemed to be from a packet.
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