I had a blog post previously about how my day trip to the cat island in Japan but it got deleted when my domain expired 🙁
So I’ve decided to write up another one! The cat island that Jono and I went to last year was situated near Fukuoka, Japan. It was our second time in Japan and we decided to explore an area we had never been before. I’m not sure why we decided to go to Fukuoka but I think one of the main things that drew us there was the fact that apparently there were alot of street food stalls there. AKA ‘Yatai’
If I remember correctly we flew into Osaka and then caught a bullet train to Fukuoka. We had calculated before we went to Japan that it would take roughly five hours to get there.. and because we knew we would be going to different places in Japan we got a Japan Rail Pass before hand. This post by Rachel was basically the guide I followed to get to the island. I think maybe one or two things changed on the bus timetable but overall it was a very useful guide! There is another cat island that is more popular so be aware that this is alot more quieter than the other cat island Tashirojima.
We stayed for a couple of hours and it was amazing! I loved every minute of it! The island is TINY and seemed to be a small fishing village. There weren’t that many people when we went… some of the people on the ferry were there just for the cats too. Make sure to bring some food with you as I don’t think there was any place to buy things to eat.. but there were a few vending machines for drinks! Overall the cats were VERY friendly, happy to be getting attention and some even followed us! My favourite was this really fluffy cream coloured cat.. (I forgot its name but I will update it when I remember!)
The locals were really friendly also and one or two of them even had a conversation with me in Japanese .. and I was able to understand bits of it from my very broken Japanese that I learnt in highschool hahaha. Here are a few more photos that I took during the day! Next time if I go back to Japan I think i’d like to check out the other cat islands too!
This is during the 20 minutes boat ride! It actually got really rough towards the end of the ride so make sure you don’t eat too much before you get on the boat haha
As soooon as we embarked the boat there were a couple of cats chilling by the dock!