Admire incredible coastal scenery, feed the adorable rabbits, and explore the island’s wartime legacy.
Japan has almost 7,000 islands, but an enormous colony of rabbits inhabits only one. Okunoshima, also known as Rabbit Island or Usagi Shima, is situated in the eastern part of Hiroshima prefecture. Accessible via a quick 15-minute ferry ride from the mainland, this tiny tourist destination has become recognized around the globe for its fascinating bunny population.
With around a thousand rabbits calling the island home, the lack of predators means their numbers have skyrocketed over recent decades. Now whenever people arrive on the shore, a flurry of bunnies are there to welcome them onto the island – and badger them for any vegetables they might have in their pockets.
Today, rabbits inhabit every part of Okunoshima, with the island’s small 4.3-kilometer circumference adorned by beaches, forests, and fields. While this fascinating bunny island is sparsely populated by humans, its charming vacation village offers a hotel, a restaurant, and even natural hot springs, meaning there’s much more to do than just feed the rabbits.
To help you plan your visit to Okunoshima, we’ve delved into the island’s storied history – including its dark World War II legacy – while exploring the rewarding tourist attractions you can encounter during your stay. Before you book your journey with JAL, get to know Rabbit Island and its unique experiences.