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
Cycling Tour to the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido, Rabbit Island BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $176
Duration: 8 hours
Rabbit Island Private Tour from Hiroshima with Local Guide BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $317
Duration: 9 hours
Okunoshima short cycling by chartered boat BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $88
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Okunoshima Island Reviews
Horrible place to visit. When hearing about Okunoshima, it sounds like an absolute paradise, however, when going many rabbits were sick, starved, dehydrated and severely injured. Some of the rabbits.... more »
When we got here all was great, bunnies are cute and jump all over you blah blah. Then you start hearing how many are constantly sneezing and then a few come up to you with their eyes straight... 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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