Let’s Go To Bunny Island!

What part of ALL THE SNACKS don't you understand?

What part of ALL THE SNACKS don’t you understand?

If your squee-meter isn’t totally burnt out after Fox Village, it certainly will be, after we check out BUNNY ISLAND!

Okunoshima isn’t easy to get to, but that’s why there’s an entire chunk of land off the coast of Japan where adorable bunnies run free, without fear of being eaten (or, obviously, having their natural urges curbed in any way).

Rabbits, rabbits, everywhere! Even though it was pouring rain on the day we were there, the stalwart bunnies did not falter in their mission to beg their weight in bunny snacks.

Rabbits, rabbits, everywhere! Even though it was pouring rain on the day we were there, the stalwart bunnies did not falter in their mission to beg their weight in bunny snacks.

I was afraid wild bunnies might be sort of scruffy looking or reverting to jack-rabbity ranginess, but no! They were all super cute and fluffy.

I was afraid wild bunnies might be sort of scruffy looking or reverting to jack-rabbity ranginess, but no. They were all super cute and fluffy.

And in good health too – I hardly saw any that looked like they could use a trip to the vet.

And in good health too – I hardly saw any that looked like they could use a tune-up at the vet.

At the barest rustle of a snack sack, they start to gather around...

At the barest rustle of a snack sack, they start to gather around…

...and step up to eat right out of your hand.

…and step up to eat right out of your hand.

In fact, "not shy" hardly begins to describe these bunnies' attitude when it comes to mobbing rabbit-chow-dispensing humans. This is my friend Kendall, who will sadly never be able to enjoy a mere rabbit café again.

In fact, “not shy” hardly begins to describe these bunnies’ attitude when it comes to mobbing rabbit-chow-dispensing humans. This is my friend Kendall, who will sadly never be able to enjoy a mere rabbit café again.

I know these bunnies are supposed to be wild, but they seem suspiciously adept at posing for selfies.

I know these bunnies are supposed to be wild, but they seem suspiciously adept at posing for selfies.

A word about white pants: uh, no.

A word about white pants: uh, no.

Of course, they're so damn cute, you barely notice that you're beginning to look like the victim of a bunny stampede.

Of course, they’re so damn cute, you barely notice that you’re beginning to look like the victim of a bunny stampede.

Wet, but undeterred, this small girl was the object of serious bunny devotion, on account of how tantalizingly low her snack bag was to the ground.

Wet, but undeterred, this small girl was the object of serious bunny devotion, on account of how tantalizingly low her snack bag was to the ground.

Of course we paid a visit to the island's shrine, even though these days it is attended only by rabbits.

Of course we paid a visit to the island’s shrine, even though these days it’s attended only by rabbits.

Couldn't resist this Peter Rabbit-y looking bun, even though he was kind of wet.

Couldn’t resist this Peter Rabbit-y looking bun, even though he was kind of wet.

Okay, admit it – you want to go now, don’t you? But if – like me – you’d like to avoid spending the night in a hotel, here’s how I did it as a day trip from Tokyo:

How to get to Bunny Island (Okunoshima) and back in one day (from Tokyo):

First, here are the trains  I took. These are the ones heading from Tokyo to Tadano-umi, where you catch the ferry to Bunny Island:

BunnyIslandTrains2

And here are the trains I took back to Tokyo:

The Kure Line doesn't run as often as trains in Tokyo. If you're planning to come back at a different time, check the schedule below.

The Kure Line doesn’t run as often as trains in Tokyo. If you’re planning to come back at a different time, check the schedule below.

The ferry to Okunoshima leaves from a terminal that is about a five-minute walk from the Tadano-umi train station. To get there, go out the exit to the street and turn right. Walk along that street until you see a sign for the ferry terminal (to your right).

The ferry ride takes 12 minutes, and costs ¥300 each way. You buy your round trip ticket (¥600) at the little office near the ferry launch, and you can buy bags of bunny food there too. The only place to buy it on the island is at the hotel, and you will be sorry you don’t have food for the mob of bunnies that rush to greet you at the dock, so I advise getting at least a few bags in advance!

Here’s the ferry schedule:

OkunoshimaFerry

One thing to be careful about on your return trip is to be sure you’re waiting at the right pier. There are two docks, and they’re not next to each other.

Note: I bought my round-trip shinkansen tickets in advance and used my regular Suica card for the Mihara to Tadano-umi leg (although you can of course use your JR rail pass for both, if you have one). You can also buy a local Kure Line ticket to Tadano-umi at Mihara station.

I used the Jorudan Train Route Finder to plan this trip, then took the train itinerary screen shots to the shinkansen ticket office at one of the JR stations in Tokyo and handed them to the ticket agent to make my reservations.

So what are you waiting for? Come on down! And bring me ALL THE SNACKS!

So what are you waiting for? Come on down! And bring me ALL THE SNACKS!

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