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).
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:
And here are the trains I took back to Tokyo:
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:
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.
Use the Train Finder website or download a free Japan Travel mobile app to your phone (I use Navitime Japan Travel) to plan your trip, then take the train itinerary screen shots to the shinkansen ticket office at one of the JR stations in Tokyo and hand them to the ticket agent to make your reservations.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!