Trip to Rabbit Island (Ohkuno-jima)

This past weekend I took a trip to Ohkuno-jima, which is an island that is a part of Hiroshima Prefecture. It is commonly known as the bunny island, since the island is inhabited with a lot of rabbits. A LOT of them. And it is the cutest thing ever.

The only way to get to the island is to take the ferry from Tadanoumi bay. It’s about a 10 minute cruise and there is one ferry departing every hour or so.

Getting close to the island! You can see the remains of old buildings.

As soon as I got off the ferry, I was already welcomed with a bunny!

Yup, a bunch of bunnies.

They know that humans=have food, so they come running to humans when they see one.

It was almost like being in a zombie movie and zombies came running towards me. Except they were bunnies.

So the remains of this old building used to be a power plant during World War II. The island was actually a place where the Japanese Imperial Army manufactured chemical weapons secretly.

On every road, bunnies.

This building used to be the storage for gunpowder.

Remains of a fortress.

I like this bunny.

They sell manufactured rabbit food at the ferry port, but the bunnies are spoiled and they prefer cabbage over the fake stuff. Some articles online state that tourists bringing food actually damages the ecosystem on the island – the overpopulation of rabbits has already exterminated most of the natural vegetation on the island, and the rabbits rely on the tourists for food. And since on some days (like rainy days and during the winter) the number of visitors decline, the rabbits go hungry.

Bunny playing with my backpack.

Near the western edge of the island.

This was storage space for gas manufactured on the island.

You can see the individual chambers that were used for storage. After Japan lost the War, the gas were disposed in numerous ways – discarded in the sea, chemically decomposed, burnt, etc. These chambers were burnt as well, and the burns can be visible on the walls.

Bunnies comforting each other.

There is a hotel in the center of the island, and if you wish to stay on the island you can. This area is near the hotel.

Bunny shot from behind.

This building is a museum for the chemical weapon manufactured on the island. Taking photos was prohibited inside the facility, but the material displayed inside uncovers the dark history of the island.

Bunny shaped ears lining the Southern coast of the island. Enjoy the sound of the breeze and the sea.

It is evident that the bunnies have evolved to a species that are good at asking for food.

Baby bunny asking for cabbage in a Japanese manner.

By |2018-12-22T11:28:59+00:00September 27th, 2017|trip|