Okuno Island (Rabbit Island), Hiroshima
Okuno Island (Rabbit Island) is the remote island in the Seto Inland Sea. It is located 3 km away from Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Because of the island is small, you can sightsee there if you have a day. It was designated as Seto Inland Sea National Park in 1934.
Since World War I, it was manufacturing chemical weapons, so it is called “island erased from the map”, “poisonous island” and so on. In recent years rabbits are living, so it is also called “rabbit island” cute name.
In the production of chemical weapons, 6,500 people including local farmers, fishermen, and labor mobilization students seem to have been involved. After the Second World War, chemical weapons were disposed of by the GHQ and the Japanese government. The “Okunoshima poison gas museum” opened in 1988 from the wishes of the local residents not to forget the history.
In addition, in the “Visitor Center”, easy craft experiences including making bamboo Japanese paper using a local bamboo can be carried out.
Eight rabbits kept at elementary school outside the island were released here in 1971, so they went wild. It is said that it breeds after that and now increased to about 1000. For that reason Okuno Island is also called “rabbit island”. The rabbits are familiar with people and are now famous for the island. They are loved by locals and tourists.
In order to go to Okuno Island, you need to get a ferry from “Tadanoumi” station. Transportation is extremely limited, and the number of services are not frequent, which is a little inconvenient, but if you investigate time in advance, you do not have to worry.
“Kyukamura Okunoshima” (recreation village) is recommended accommodation in Okuno Island. After sightseeing in Okuno Island, why not relax with “Kyukamura”? As well as hot springs, you can eat seafood from the Seto Inland Sea and it is popular. Plants such as palm trees are also growing and it is also attractive to taste the tropical resort feeling.
|Name:||Okuno Island (Rabbit Island)|
|Address:||Tadanomicho Takehara, Hiroshima 729-2311 Japan|
|Access:||Walk 7 mins. from JR Tadanoumi Station to Tadanoumi Port.
Take a ferry to Okunoshima Island for approx 15 mins.
|Tel:||(+81) 82-221-6516 (Hiroshima Tourism Federation)|