Rabbit Island?

I came across ‘rabbit island’ while I was scrolling through facebook the other day and was intrigued to find out more about it. Apparently, there is this island in Hiroshima that has hundred of rabbits all over it. After some research, I found out it is located on an island called Ōkunoshima.

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The reason why it is populated by rabbits is still unknown but the most rumoured reason is not very nice. It was told that during WWII, the Japanese were developing toxic chemicals and the rabbits were used to test the chemicals like guinea pigs:/ After the war ended, the rabbits were freed and the number multiplied since then. But there’s also another reason that some students brought some rabbits to the island during a school trip and left them there.

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Whatever the reason, there are now loads of rabbits on the island and became a popular destination for day trips! There is also a hotel, a few souvenir shops, museums about the history of the island and some of the ruins. As the rabbits are wild rabbits, they are not used to being pet or touched, so it was advised that visitors don’t be too engaged with them.

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It would be so cool to be surrounded by so many rabbits!! Although the island no longer sells rabbit snacks, you can buy it from the pier.

I went to Nara in Japan before, where there are many deers around and you get to feed them as well. As I really enjoyed the experience there, I think the rabbit island would be just as fun!

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This will certainly be on my travel bucket list. Would you go to this rabbit island?

If you would like to know more about this place, check out the links below. I find them quite useful.

http://gethiroshima.com/features/okunoshima-rabbit-island/

http://zoomingjapan.com/travel/rabbit-island-japan/http://zoomingjapan.com/travel/rabbit-island-japan/

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