Did you know that there is a group of islands in Japan known as the Cat Islands? This clever nickname is because some of these islands have more feline residents than humans! These islands have become some of the most popular tourist destinations for cat lovers from around the world. Interested in visiting one or […]
Just an hour from Tokyo, Enoshima in Kanagawa Prefecture is now a well-known tourist destination for foreign travelers. The small island, filled with picturesque views and cultural elements, has been a popular place for a weekend getaway for the citizens of Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. Nowadays, many trendy shops and restaurants are open on the
Among the many islands floating on the Seto Inland Sea, Mu Island, or ‘Mushima’ (六島) in Japanese, is probably the most gorgeous. Okayama Prefecture‘s southmost island is known for the picturesque view of daffodil flowers and a white lighthouse with the azure blue ocean as the backdrop. On top of that, not only will you
If you are both a foodie and a cat lover, you will find Ou Island (Oujima, 奥武島) in southern Okinawa very attractive. What could beat the experience of filling your mouth with Okinawa-style tempura while observing cute cats doing adorable cat things? Furthermore, you have a magnificent ocean view as the backdrop!
You might have heard of cat cafes, but did you know there are cat islands? In Japan, some small islands are nicknamed cat islands by the locals because there are more cats than humans living on the island. Due to the cat boom from the early 2000s, many of these islands have become popular tourist
Speaking of the Seto Inland Sea, what will pop into most people’s minds is probably the Setouchi Triennale (瀬戸内国際芸術祭). In addition to the event’s main stage, Naoshima Island, there are a couple more islands where the contemporary art festival is held, and Ogijima (男木島) is one of them. But Ogijima isn’t all about the artwork.
East of Kumamoto City, in the middle of the Ariake Sea (有明海), Yushima (湯島) is a small island with a circumference of 4 km. Although the island doesn’t even have a convenience store, it has become a tourist spot because of its large feline population!
Ainoshima Island (相島) is a small heart-shaped island around 7.5 km off the coast of Shingū Town (新宮町) north of Fukuoka City. The island that used to host up to 500 Korean emissaries is now one of the world’s most famous cat spots. So if you are a cat lover, how about a trip to
Sanagi Island (佐柳島) in Kagawa Prefecture‘s Nakatado District (仲多度郡) was originally known for the Daitengū Shrine. The long‐nosed goblin enshrined here is famous for his ability to help pilgrims retrieve their lost items. However, more recently, Sanagi Island has been known as a cat island, where cats jump between the stones on the embankments along
Tashirojima (田代島) is a small island east of Ishinomaki City (石巻市) in Miyagi Prefecture. It is the only “cat island” in the Tohōku region, where the cat population is larger than human residents (61 humans vs. more than 130 felines). So many locals refer to the island as Cat’s Island (Neko no Shima, 猫の島).