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Hiroshima’s Okunoshima

Exploring the “Rabbit Island”

Donny Kimball
9 min readJul 24, 2022

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The rabbit island of Okunoshima in Japan and the Seto Inland Sea in the early hours of the moring

In today’s article, we’ll be heading back to a different side of Hiroshima Prefecture to explore the isle of Okunoshima. Famous as the “Rabbit Island” overseas, this small landmass is home to anywhere between 700 and 900 adorable bunnies. While the exact count is anyone’s guess, it’s safe to say that you’ll encounter MANY wild rabbits all around the island. What’s more, for the price of just a mere 100 yen, you can procure yourself a bag of rabbit feed too. Since these critters have no real natural predators on Okunoshima, they will run right up to you expecting to be fed. It’s really quite cute!

Personally, I am not really big on attractions like cat cafes and the like so I was originally only planning to visit Okunoshima for social media content (those viral TikToks and Instagram Reels don’t make themselves). Alas, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the act of providing some much-appreciated feed to an overwhelming horde of bunnies. Honestly, there’s really something therapeutic about feeding a wild animal that has absolutely no fear of you. If you’re in Hiroshima, I highly suggest that you budget for an extra half of a day to explore Okunoshima. It’s a great experience that’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

By the way, do note that this island has a dark and complicated history to it. While Okunoshima is today a place that draws people from all over the world, the specter of its wartime past still lingers and you’ll find hints of the island’s former history scattered about. I’ll dive into Okunoshima’s legacy in the latter sections of this article so if you’re a World War II buff like I am, don’t be too quick to write off Okunoshima just because fluffy bunny rabbits aren’t really your shtick…

How to Get There

A line of tourists waits to take photos get off at one of the pier sites on the “Rabbit Island”

Seeing as Okunoshima is an island, tourists interested in visiting will need to take a 15-minute ferry ride to reach the destination. Luckily, the logistics involved in making a trip to Okunoshima are not as challenging as some other similar sites. For the purposes of this…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/