An island with a unique history

Okunoshima “Rabbit Island”

takehara city, hiroshima prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura

 

Sometimes wonderful places are born from an unfortunate history and Okunoshima, popularly known as “Rabbit Island” is a good example of this. This small piece of land just off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture that was once the home of a few modest fishing families was converted into a protected island factory charged with producing chemical weapons during WWII.

Today’s Okunoshima has emerged from that negativity to become a place where people from across the globe come for a bit of relaxation.

The appeal of Okunoshima comes largely from the presence of countless protected rabbits that run free around the island. There is a debate about where the rabbits originate from but what is clear is that they were brought there, eventually released and have since multiplied exponentially. Apparently, they are quite used to people so it is not usual to see someone surrounded by dozens of this quintessentially cute animal.

Okunoshima has also put itself on the map by offering comfortable accommodation as well as camping and hot springs in the form of the Kyukamura resort.

Plan your journey according to the kind of overnight experience you are after but most of all take the time to explore Rabbit Island.

Access: Exit Tadanoumi Station on the Kure Line and walk about 5-6 minutes to Tadanoumi Port. Take an approximately 15 minute ferry ride to Okunoshima.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
Cancellation Fee No charge 20% of tour fee 30% of tour fee 40% of tour fee 50% of tour fee 100% of tour fee