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.
Tours to Okunoshima Island
$756 BOOK WITH VIATOR Cruise tour from Rabbit Island to Omishima, the island in the Shimanami Kaido
Duration: 6 hours
Okunoshima Island reviews
As somebody who is obsessed with bunnies this island was a must go. There were so many adorable bunnies to feed and they were very cute. I wish I could go back. There are some sneezing bunnies... more »
Riding bike around island, However, for this 5 foot 7 inch tall male, the bikes for rent were much to short; small. The bike path around the island was beautiful and gave us great views far and near; more »
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.
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