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Takehara HiroshimaTourism Guide

Rabbit Island Ohkunoshima
Rabbit Island Ohkunoshima
Preservation District of Important Historical Buildings
Preservation District of Important Historical Buildings

Rabbit Island Ohkunoshima

Ohkunoshima

What Is Ohkunoshima?

Ohkunoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea off of the coast of Tadanoumi Port. It is the only place in the world where visitors can wander freely among wild rabbits. Originally there were only a few rabbits on the island, but over the years, the number of rabbits has increased to over 700. In recent years, Ohkunoshima has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hiroshima prefecture, attracting visitors from around the world. Last year over 300,000 people visited the island. We recommend that you stay overnight on the island at the Kyukamura Hotel to enjoy spending time among the rabbits because are especially active in the morning and evening.

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Access to Ohkunoshima

The best way to get to Ohkunoshima from the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima in Hiroshima City is to take a highway bus from Hiroshima’s main train station going directly to the train station in the town of Takehara. At Takehara change to a local Kure Line train bound for the city of Mihara. Get off at the third stop, Tadanoumi Station, and walk to Tadanoumi Port.

[ From Hiroshima Station ]

Hiroshima Station → (Highway Bus Kaguyahime-go, About 90 minutes, ¥1,180) → Takehara Station → (Bound for Mihara on JR Kure Line, About 11 minutes, ¥200) → Tadanoumi Station

[ From Miyajima ]

Miyajima → (JR Miyajima Ferry, 10 minutes, 1km, ¥180) → Miyajimaguchi Station → (Bound for Hiroshima on JR Sanyohonsen, About 30 minutes, 22 km, ¥410) → Hiroshima Station (See "From Hiroshima Station” above.)

It takes about 15 minutes to Ohkunoshima from Tadanoumi Port by boat or ferry.

Tadanoumi Station → (7 minute walk) → Tadanoumi Port → (Kyukamura Kyakusen or Omishima Ferry, about 15 minutes, ¥310) → Ohkunoshima Pier

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Rabbit-related items and rabbit food, as well as ice cream and coffee, are available for purchase at a shop at Tadanoumi Port.

Ferry Time Schedule (Japanese)

  • Fare: Tadanoumi - Ohkunoshima, Adults ¥310 Children ¥160 for a one-way ticket
  • Baggage Storage Service: ¥500 yen for one-time use
  • 7 minute walk from Tadanoumi Station

*You can also buy rabbit-related items at a convenience store and supermarket at Tadanoumi Port. It is a good idea to have rabbit food with you when you arrive at Ohkunoshima as many bunnies will greet you as soon as you arrive on the island!

Restaurants and Accommodation on Ohkunoshima

Please use the Hotel Kyukamura Ohkunoshima for your meals and accommodation.

Transportation on Ohkunoshima

While it is easy to tour Ohkunoshima on foot, there is a free bus service that connects the island’s ferry terminal, Ohkunoshima pier, and Kyukamura Ohkunoshima Hotel to help you get around. Bicycles are available for rent at Kyukamura Ohkunoshima Hotel.

Rules of Contacting with Rabbits

Rules of Contacting with Rabbits

  • Please do not chase the rabbits or try to hold them because they are fragile and easily stressed.
  • Please do not feed the rabbits anything other than rabbit food. If the rabbits become injured or sick they will not be able to survive in the wild.
  • We advise you to not get close to the rabbits when you feed them as they might accidentally bite your hand due to their poor eyesight and sharp teeth.

Requests from the bunnies to you: Kyukamura Ohkunoshima Website [Japanese]

Requests from the bunnies to you: Kyukamura Ohkunoshima Website (Japanese)

The Story of Three Wars Told at Sites on the Island

Known today as “Rabbit Island”, Ohkunoshima has a dark history when it was the site of facilities for the Imperial Japanese Army during the first half of the 19th century. Erased from maps of the time because of the classified nature of its activities, Ohkunoshima was the location of a military fortress during the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, factories that made poison gas during World War II, and an ammunition depot during the Korean War. Today the ruins of these facilities, covered with ivy and weathered by time, wind, and rain, sit silently as fascinating markers of these turbulent times. Most visitors to the island are unaware of these sites until they arrive on Ohkunoshima, and it is thanks to the popularity of “Rabbit Island” that the island’s tragic history can be told.

An Island Erased From Maps
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Townscape

Preservation District of Important Historical Buildings

Takehara has a 350-year history, spanning a period when the its merchants were leading makers of salt and sake in Japan. Today you can see their old houses as well as the many public buildings erected with the town’s wealth, including old shrines and temples. Take a relaxing stroll through Takehara and enjoy a walk through time.

Photos of a Stroll Through the Town
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Access to Townscape Preservation Area

The easiest access from the World Heritage sites in Hiroshima city, such as the Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima, is to a take highway bus from Hiroshima Station directly to Takehara Station. It takes about 12 minutes from Takehara Station to the townscape preservation area by foot.

[ From Hiroshima Station ]

Hiroshima Station → (Highway Bus Kaguyahime-go, About 90 minutes, ¥1,180) → Takehara Station → (About 12 minute walk) → Townscape Preservation Area

[ From Miyajima ]

Miyajima → (JR Miyajima Ferry, 10 minutes, 1km, ¥180) → Miyajimaguchi Station → (Bound for Hiroshima on JR Sanyohonsen, About 30 minutes, 22 km, ¥410) → Hiroshima Station (See "From Hiroshima Station” above.)

To go to the townscape preservation area from Ohkunoshima travel by train from Tadanoumi Station to Takehara Station after arriving at Tadanoumi Port.

Ohkunoshima Pier → (Kyukamura Kyakusen or Omishima Ferry, About 15 minutes, ¥310) → Tadanoumi Port → (7 minute walk) → Tadanoumi Station → (Bound for Hiroshima on JR Kure Line, About 15 minutes, 8km, ¥200) → Takehara Station → (About 12 minute walk) → Townscape Preservation Area

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Highlights

Harmony of Past and Present Life

There are signs of local customs everywhere along the 350-year old streets of Takehara. Many people living in the town continue ancient traditions, and the residents decorate the front of their houses with flowers to welcome visitors and demonstrate their hospitality.

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Cool and Stylish Designs

Each house has its own unique lattice covering its windows. Called “Takehara Lattice”, the variety of designs include panel lattice that looks like art cut from paper and transverse lattice with many interesting patterns. Why don’t you enjoy a stroll through the town to look at such beautiful lattice?

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Panoramic View of the Town

Located on the side of the hill behind the historic district, Fumeikaku at Saihoji Temple is a popular sightseeing spot. From its platform there is an amazing view of Takehara. The stone staircase leading to the temple is often used as a location for shooting movies.

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