Complete Guide to Okunoshima (Rabbit Island)
Known as Rabbit Island, Okunoshima is always ranked among the top spots in Hiroshima Prefecture. In this special feature, we will introduce "Okunoshima" as a healing spot, including how to interact with rabbits.
What's Okunoshima ~It's an island that you can go around at your leisure~
About 15 minutes by boat from Tadanoumi Port in Takehara City. Okunoshima is a small island with a circumference of about 4 km, located a little west of the Shimanami Kaido that connects the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. It is part of the Setonaikai National Park, where you can enjoy the changing nature of the four seasons. There is a beach, a campground, a lawn area and grounds decorated with tropical plants, and at Kyukamura Ohkunoshima, the only lodging spot on the island, you can enjoy meals, lodging, and hot springs. In addition, over 700 wild rabbits inhabit the island, and it is crowded with many tourists throughout the year.
Tadanoumi Port, the gateway to Okunoshima ~You can fully enjoy the extraordinary feeling because you can only get there by ferry~
A ferry is essential to go to Okunoshima. The gateway to this is Tadanoumi Port in Takehara City. It is recommended that you prepare thoroughly so that you will not have any problems when you arrive at Okunoshima. Here, we will introduce Tadanoumi Port and surrounding restaurant information.
Tadanoumi Port Guidance ~ First of all, prepare well at Tadanoumi Port! ~
Tadanoumi Port is a 7-minute walk from JR Tadanoumi Station. There is a shop at the port that sells rabbit goods, as well as rabbit snacks, soft serve ice cream, and coffee. In addition, you can store your luggage for 500 yen per time, so if you are going to explore the island on a day trip, you should leave your unnecessary luggage. From Tadanoumi to Okunoshima, the one-way fare is 310 yen for adults and 160 yen for children.
Restaurants around Tadanoumi ～Enjoy Takehara gourmet! ~
On Okunoshima, there are restaurants only in the facility of "Kyukamura Ohkunoshima". It is recommended to have a meal around Tadanoumi Port before crossing over to the island. At the Kappo restaurant "Shidashi Kappo Midokoro Hinode" where you can enjoy seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, you can enjoy not only seafood rice bowls but also free lunches. “Eshimaya Okonomiyaki” is an okonomiyaki restaurant that is loved by locals as well as people in the city. Okonomiyaki with onions goes well with cabbage, bringing out the umami of each other. The Aohata Jam Deck, famous for its jam, is also located near Tadanoumi Port. Have a relaxing time at the cafe corner.
Let's be healed by rabbits
Well, let's finally go to Okunoshima and interact with the rabbits. However, there are various rules on how to interact with rabbits. Here, you will find information about rabbits, as well as rules, food, and recommended photo spots with rabbits. Please follow the rules when interacting with rabbits.
Don't let rabbits eat sweets and bread!
Unlike humans, rabbits lose their health when they eat a variety of foods. Sweets, bread, and vegetables such as green onions should not be given to rabbits. Also, rabbit food is not sold on Okunoshima. Rabbit-related products are sold at convenience stores and supermarkets near Tadanoumi Port and Tadanoumi Station. Check it out before crossing over to the island.
Follow the rules and interact with rabbits
There are some rules when interacting with rabbits.
■ Rabbits are weak animals. Do not chase or pick them up as they are easily stressed and prone to breaking bones and injuring themselves. If they get sick or injured, they can no longer live in the wild. ■Buses and bicycles on the island are dangerous vehicles for rabbits. For the safety of people and rabbits, please do not touch rabbits on the road, on the side of the road, or in front of the entrance of a building. Also, please be very careful of people and rabbits when driving on the island. ■Rabbits have sharp teeth and poor eyesight. If you feed them with your mouth, they may bite you and injure you. Particular attention should be paid to small children. ■ Rabbits can only eat limited foods. Unlike humans, if you eat a variety of foods, your body will get out of shape.
Rabbit Photo Spot ~Everywhere on the island is a “rabbit photo spot”~
Rabbits will come to you from the moment you land on Okunoshima, so you can take pictures of them anywhere. Among them, we will introduce spots that you want to take with rabbits. First, Kyukamura Okunoshima-mae. This is the place where the most rabbits gather on the island. There is also a happy happening that you will be surrounded by rabbits if you have a rabbit snack. Next is the ruins such as the remains of the power plant. Only in Okunoshima can you take pictures of war ruins and rabbits at the same time. Finally, how about taking a picture of the observatory on the top of the mountain at an altitude of 100m, rabbits, and the beauty of the many islands of the Seto Inland Sea in the background? [* Due to the heavy rain disaster, the road leading to the observatory is currently closed. (January 2020)]
Usagi's intelligence ~Preliminary knowledge for being healed by rabbits~
Rabbits are crepuscular animals. They are most active at times other than day or night, such as dawn (twilight) and evening (twilight). Second, rabbits are heat sensitive creatures. During the hot summer days, the rabbits are slow to move, so if you want to see the rabbits in motion, we recommend going early in the morning or in the evening. Finally, if you want to see baby rabbits, we recommend spring to summer when they are giving birth. However, after spring, rabbits hide in the mountains to give birth, so the number of rabbits may decrease temporarily.
Okunoshima dining and lodging information - Kyukamura Okunoshima, reminiscent of a resort area -
Kyukamura Ohkunoshima is the only lodging facility on Okunoshima. There are also restaurants and hot spring facilities that can be used for day trips (the last ferry from Tadanoumi Port is at 18:30). If you want to fully enjoy the delicacies of the sea, we recommend staying overnight and enjoying the buffet. At the shop, you can also purchase souvenirs such as Usanchu goods and local Takehara sake. How about making a memory of your trip?
The basic means of transportation on Okunoshima is on foot, but if you rent a bicycle from Kyukamura Okunoshima, you can comfortably explore the island by bicycle (normal, stepped, power-assisted bicycles available, and children's bicycles available). ). The rental fee for regular bicycles is 400 yen for hotel guests every 2 hours, and 600 yen for day trips. 600 yen for hotel guests and 800 yen for day trips every 2 hours with electric assist. A deposit of 1,000 yen is required for day trips (refundable after using the rental bicycle). By the way, there is a free shuttle bus from Okunoshima Pier to Kyukamura Ohkunoshima.
There are things like this on the island!
Rabbit ears objects of various sizes are built along the coastline like a rabbit family. This is called a sound collector, and when you put your head in it, you can hear the sound collected in the sound collector. You can enjoy the sound of the wind blowing through the island and the water sounds of the ripples of the sea, making you feel like a rabbit.
Access to Okunoshima ~ Shinkansen, train, ferry. Take various vehicles to Okunoshima ~
[From Hiroshima Station]
①Hiroshima Station → (Shinkansen, about 30 minutes, 72 km, non-reserved seats 2,290 yen) → Mihara Station → (JR Kure Line Hiroko, about 22 minutes, 17 km, 320 yen) → Tadanoumi Station or
② Hiroshima Station → (JR Kure Line, about 2 hours, 76 km, 1,320 yen) → Tadanoumi Station
→ Tadanoumi Port (7 minutes on foot from Tadanoumi Station) → (Kyukamura Passenger Ship or Omishima Ferry, about 15 minutes / 310 yen) → Okunoshima Pier
Onomichi Station → (JR Sanyo Main Line bound for Iwakuni, about 13 minutes, 11 km, 240 yen) → Mihara Station → (JR Kure Line bound for Hiro, about 22 minutes, 17 km, 320 yen) → Tadanoumi Station → (7 minutes on foot) → Tadanoumi Port → (Kyukamura Passenger Ship or Omishima Ferry, about 15 minutes / 310 yen) → Okunoshima Pier
Fukuyama Station (JR Sanyo Main Line bound for Iwakuni, about 30 minutes, 31.6 km, 580 yen) → Mihara Station → (JR Kure Line, bound for Hiro, about 22 minutes, 17 km, 320 yen) → Tadanoumi Station → (7 minutes on foot) → Tadanoumi Port → (Kyukamura Passenger Ship or Omishima Ferry, about 15 minutes / 310 yen) → Okunoshima Pier
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays only! Mihara Port / Sunami Port ⇔ Okunoshima High-speed ferry route " Rabbit Line " The gateway to Okunoshima, Tadanoumi Port is particularly crowded on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. There are 6 high-speed boats in service daily. It takes 30 minutes one-way, and Mihara Station is where the Kodama Shinkansen, Kure Line, and Sanyo Main Line stop. Alternatively, you can take a limousine bus from Hiroshima Airport to Mihara Station in 38 minutes, or take a bus to JR Shiraichi Station and transfer to the Sanyo Main Line. For those traveling by car, it is convenient to use the free parking lot at Sunami Port.