Once a Poison Manufacturing Island Now a Habitat for Many Eco-Friendly Bunnies.

Now a non-lethal and chemical free island located at the inland of Japan, Okunoshima island (also known as the rabbit island) is filled with overwhelmingly cute, soft and friendly rabbits with the whole island having a circumference of 2.5 miles.

I've seen visual information on the web of Okunoshima's close to beach areas, where tourists walk around with a carrot, and end up becoming surrounded by the gentle and subtle touch of the rabbit's fluffiness, as if you have many travel-pillow sized comfy bunny neck rests all around you. It seems like a very comfortable feeling both physically and emotionally if you are careful not to get yourself dirty from the ground below or careful not to get in the way of the bunnies well being. 

Photo by: Flickr@vanessa berry

Photo by: Flickr@vanessa berry

Tourists are able to feed the tame rabbits for its friendly environment and its reasonably easy to follow safety regulations. However, it is prohibited to bring any animal(s) to the island including cat(s) and dog(s) for the rabbit's safety and because it's life becomes on the line when faced with another animal. A typical rabbit does not stand a chance against the agile abilities of that of a dog or cat. 

Rabbit photo by: flickr@okunoshima_05

Rabbit photo by: flickr@okunoshima_05

Hunting these rabbits is prohibited. These herbivorous creatures on Okunoshima island will take no action to hunt us or any other animals for that matter. I am confidently informing based on my knowledge and experience with a domesticated and gentle bunny.

The relatively small long eared fur-coated mammals were once domesticated and are most generally eager to engage with us with positive vibes and will not hunt. The rabbits seek for us in an attempt to satisfy their cravings of treats and veggies that the local gift shop provides on the island of Okunoshima (rabbit island). The rabbit themselves may even find pleasure in confronting us in a friendly way like how some of us take satisfaction in petting the furry critters. 

Abandoned Building in Okunoshima photo by: flickr@Addy Cameron-Huff

Abandoned Building in Okunoshima photo by: flickr@Addy Cameron-Huff

It was 1925 when the Imperial Japanese army commenced a dangerous and top secret plan to make a chemical factory which produced lethal gases to complete with other powerful nations who already started using them according to Wikipedia.

They produced as many as 6 kilotons of contained gases. That's roughly 12,000,000 pounds or 12 million pounds of toxic. 

The factory used rabbits in order to test the effect and dangers of toxic gas during the Russo-Japanese War.

 

Okunoshima's abandoned factory photo by: Flickr@Helen ST

Okunoshima's abandoned factory photo by: Flickr@Helen ST

Today, tourists are safe from the non-existing poisonous gases that used to be plentiful on the island around a hundred years ago.

People do not hold any documented evidence of the bunnies' origin of how the island became overly populated with cute nose beating fluffs. Although there are theories that state the possibilities. Some of the hypothesis are that the now plentiful population of bunnies on rabbit island are the ancestral remnants of test subject rabbits that were once used to test the effectiveness of the toxic fumes they produced. Another theory is that a couple of elementary school children released a single digit numbers of rabbits and it soon became a densely populated area of fluffy and furry comforting individuals that vastly exists today.

 

Brief information on traveling to Okunoshima when you are in Japan

Location: 5476-4 Tadanoumicho, Takehara 729-2311, Hiroshima Prefecture

How to get there: Take a Sanyo Shinkansen (bullet train) to Mihara Station if you're traveling from a far away distance. The cost and time of travel will depend on this distance.

From Mihara Station you would travel to Tadanoumi Station by the local Kure train line (24 min/320JPY).

From Tadanoumi Station, you would get to the Rabbit Island by a ferry from Tadanoumi Port and you can obtain the ferry ticket from the local shop near it (310JPY).

OR, why not just join a private tour?? Click here for details.

You may even want to grab a carrot for the sake of the rabbit's joy and then it's joy might even boomerang on to yours.