cat island, ainoshima – japan

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 πŸ™

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!












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  • Viviene Kok

    Bought flight tickets to Osaka and can’t wait for the trip to arrive! x Thank you for sharing!

    Viviene Kok

    • Susy M

      Oh awesome!! when will you be going? Osaka is sooo much fun! make sure to check out the Osaka Palace and Dotonbori!

  • Candace Shiflet

    Oh my gosh that is SO MANY CATS!!! haha Where do they all come from?! This would be like torture for Jason because he hates cats but I actually like them!! The ones in your pictures are all so cute! Were they all super sweet or any mean at all?? Also I just wanted to know I keep replying to your sweet comments (THANK YOU FOR BEING SO DANG NICE!!!) but you are a no-reply blogger so you aren’t seeing my replies in your emails!! Check out this post to fix it so you can see πŸ™‚

    or this one

    If you want but no pressure to change it!! Just thought I’d let you know πŸ™‚

    xo Candace

    • Susy M

      haha i think because the island is so small the cats just keep on breeding and breeding and now theres heaps!! awww what’s jason’s favourite animal?? i love dogs aswell! they were all pretty cute and very sweet so it was super easy to pat them and take photos of them!

      ommgosshh thankyou so much for letting me know about the no reply blogger thing! I HAD NO IDEA!! :O thankyou so much for linking those two posts! i just fixed mine up so fingers crossed its all ok now and we can communicate easier!

  • Seyra Rico

    This is heaven for my sisters! Ahhhhh

    – Seyra x

    • Susy M

      hahaha do your sisters love cats? πŸ˜€
      It was the coolest place ever!!

  • Stephy

    Yay these pictures are beautiful and I love travel diaries. I’m heading to asia next month and this post is getting me so excited !

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    • Susy M

      omgosh i’m sure you will have so much fun!! where win asia are you heading too? πŸ˜€

  • AngeliePangilinan

    Omg. I died of cuteness because of this post. I love cats and I’m hoping that I can visit the cat island too, someday πŸ™‚

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    • Susy M

      yessss I hope you can too! its so funn just to follow them around and pet them haha