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[Animal Tourism: Cat Island] Japan: Ainoshima, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Animal Attraction

Ainoshima is a small island located in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The number of inhabitants on this island is about 250. And there are as many cats as there are inhabitants. This story quickly became known throughout Japan and became famous as a cat island. By the way, in Fukuoka, Ainoshima and Mashima are said to be cat islands in addition to Ainoshima, and many cats live there. It is now a famous animal tourism attraction in Japan and is visited by many tourists.

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Location

Ainoshima is an island in the northern part of Kitakyushu City.

History

In Ainoshima, ancient burial mounds that are thought to have been built around the 6th century have been discovered, and it is said that there was a civilization from ancient times. However, since then, this civilization has not developed, and it continues to be an unnamed island. However, it has become famous as an island where many cats live, and it has become an island where many tourists come and go.

Climate

Since Ainoshima is in Kyushu, the temperature tends to be high. In summer, there are many days when the temperature exceeds 30 ° C.

Language

Japanese is used in Japan.

Security

Ainoshima has very few inhabitants and there is no problem with security. Typhoons often pass through the Kyushu region, so be careful of natural disasters.

Race

Most of them are Japanese in Japan.

industry

Ainoshima has long been a fishing town. Abalone and sea urchin are often harvested. As for the economy of the island, there are several private lodgings and there is only one medical institution. There is also a school, and it is a decent economic zone. On the other hand, there are no taxis or buses, so walking is the main method. Since vending machines are normally installed, it is not a very troublesome place. There is only one public toilet behind the ferry waiting area. There is no 24-hour convenience store on the island. Although there are several liquor stores and shops on the island, many are closed on Sundays.

religion

Many Japanese are atheists.

currency

Japanese yen is used in Japan.

airport

There is Kitakyushu Airport.

Address6 Kuko Kitamachi, Kokuraminami-ku, ciudad de Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 800-0306
URLHome Page
Tel0934754195

access

From Kitakyushu Airport, there is a bus bound for Kuchiami Station. Let’s take the bus to Kusami Station. Then use the JR line to move from Kusami Station to Kokura Station. JR has an IC card called Suica, which you can easily settle by charging. Suica can be purchased at the station. Kokura Watanabe, which is about a 5-minute walk from the north exit of Kokura Station, is a place where you can go to Ainoshima. There is a ferry from here and you can reach Ainoshima immediately. You can check the route map, timetable, etc. from the URL link for details on each transportation method.

RoutePlaceVehicleTimeAddressURL
1Kitakyushu Airport

JR Kusami Station
Bus30min6 Kuko Kitamachi, Kokuraminami-ku, ciudad de Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 800-0306Map
2JR Kusami Station(JR Nippou Line bound for Kokura)

JR Kokura Station
Train30minKusamihigashi, Kokuraminami Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 800-0232Map
3JR Kokura Station

Kokura Watashiba
Walk10min1 Chome-1-1 Asano, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0001
4Kokura Watashiba

Ainoshima
Ferry35min3 Chome-9-1 Asano, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0001Map

Sakura cat

In Ainoshima, we see many cats with either left or right ears cut. A cat with V-shaped ears is called a “Sakura cat” because her shape looks like a cherry blossom petal. The ears are cut so that anyone can see them as a sign of having undergone contraceptive surgery or castration surgery. By performing contraceptive surgery and castration surgery, the aim is to prevent abnormal reproduction. In the past, many tourists were feeding themselves and not following their manners, but this has improved.

Prohibited matter

When playing with cats on Ainoshima, you need to observe at least the following items.

  • Feeding is done at the designated place
  • Do not enter a private house
  • Don’t do barbecues or parties without permission
  • Be sure to take your trash home

Sightseeing spot 1: Ainoshima tunnel

It is a tunnel on the island. It is a tunnel that connects the villages in the southern part of the island, and the villages spread out beyond the tunnel.

AddressAinoshima, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0091
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Sightseeing spot 2: Feeding ground

It is not possible to feed everywhere in Ainoshima. Food can only be given at designated places such as posters. This place is everywhere on the island.

Sightseeing spot 3: Ainoshima Elementary School

It is the only school on the island. The school has only about 10 students, and many cats live here as well. In addition to the teacher in charge of each class, a part-time teacher is also enrolled.

Address246-3 Ainoshima, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0091
URLHome Page
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Sightseeing spot 4: Ainoshima Senjojiki

The coast at the northern end of the island. There are rocks with patterns, and the water is very beautiful and beautiful.

AddressAinoshima, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0091
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Hotel

There are several private lodgings in Ainoshima. However, the number is very small, so be sure to make a reservation in advance before going on a trip. In the worst case, it will be a field inn.

Hamaya guest house

Address120 Ainoshima, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0091
Tel0937511300

Minshuku Honami

Address131 Ainoshima, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0091
Tel0937511360

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