Okunoshima: From Chemical Weapons Plant to Rabbit Sanctuary

Between Kellie’s and Jairus’ trips on the prefectural exchange program, we had a chance to visit with the Araragis in Hiroshima during a short family trip to Japan in 2015. Since I like rabbits, we decided to take a one-day excursion to Okunoshima, also known as “Usagi Island,” or “Rabbit Island.” Okunoshima is a small, 173-acre island in the Seto Inland Sea, off the coast of Hiroshima. It has become an internet sensation, attracting visitors with its videos of tourists feeding the wild rabbits.

The Araragis picked us up from our hotel and drove us to Tadanoumi Port for the short, 12-minute ferry ride to Okunoshima on a beautiful June day.

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