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

Animal Attraction

Ainoshima is a cat island in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Ainoshima is so famous that it has been designated as one of the 6 biggest cat spots in the world. It is a popular tourist destination not only in Japan but also for people from all over the world, and is also called a paradise island for stray cats. Since it was also featured on CNN news in the United States, it has become a popular tourist destination. There are 270 residents and over 200 cats living in Ainoshima, and it is a place where you can play with many cats

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Location

Ainoshima is a small island located in the northern part of Fukuoka prefecture.

AddressAinoshima, Shingu, Kasuya District, Fukuoka 811-0118
Population270
Number of cats200

History

Ainoshima has long functioned as one of the trade routes connecting Japan with the Korean Peninsula and China. Therefore, it is said that in the event of a war of some sort, people would often pass through this island. Today it is a very idyllic island and has become known as a fishing spot.

Climate

Ainoshima has an average annual temperature of 17.9°C. The area is very hot in summer and very cold in winter.

Security

Ainoshima has very few residents and is known as a very safe island.

Language

Japanese is used in Japan.

industry

It is a small economic zone with about 200 inhabitants, many of whom live by fishing. There are no bus routes or taxis on the island infrastructure, so the main way to get around is by bicycle or on foot. Electric bicycles can be rented at the tourist information center. The number of cars is limited. In Ainoshima, there are daily goods stores and drink vending machines, but there are not many shops, so it is important to prepare in advance.

religion

There are many atheists in Japan.

currency

The Japanese Yen is used in Japan.

Airport

The nearest airport is Fukuoka International Airport.

NameFukuoka Airport
Address778-1 Shimousui, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, 812-0003
URLHome Page

Access

Ainoshima can be accessed by transferring trains and buses from the airport. From the Ainoshima ferry terminal (Shingu Port), there are 6 ferries a day from March 1st to October 31st, and 5 ferries a day from November 1st to the end of February. For details, you can check the operation status, timetable, etc. from the following URL.

RoutePlaceVehicleTimeDeparture AddressURL
1Fukuoka Airport
(Fukuoka Municipal Airport Line)

Hataka station
Train5min778-1 Shimousui, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, 812-0003Map
2Hataka station
(JR Kagoshima Main Line)

JR Fukukoudaimae Station
Train2min1-1 Hakata Station Chuo-gai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0012Map
3JR Fukukoudaimae Station

Shingu Port
Walk3-chōme-29 Wajirohigashi, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, 811-0214
4Shingu Port

Ainoshima Island
Ferry20min436 Minato, Shingu, Kasuya District, Fukuoka 811-0116Map

Prohibited matter

Cat feeding is prohibited on this island. It seems that the reason is that residents are in trouble because the number of stray cats is increasing. Abandoning cats on the island is also prohibited. Do not throw garbage on the island, take it home with you.

Cat

The cats on this island are very accustomed to humans, so many of them are very effective. Therefore, they will play with you and even ride on your body.

Sightseeing Spot 1 : Ainoshima Stone Mounds

In the Kofun period, various types of burial mounds were built by piling up soil for burial. To the east of this island is an ancient tomb made of a mixture of stone and earth.

AddressNagaihama, Ainoshima, Shingu Town, Kasuya District, Fukuoka Prefecture 811-0118
Open Time24 Hour
URLHome Page

Sightseeing Spot 2 : Wakamiya Shrine

It is a shrine that has been supported by the faith of the islanders since ancient times. There is a sacred tree called Yuzukazura in the precincts. It is a place visited by many people.

Address1377 Ainoshima, Shingu, Kasuya District, Fukuoka 811-0118
Open Time24 Hour
URLHome Page

Sightseeing Spot 3 : Nimmon Memorial Pagoda

In the Edo period, a doctor on the island came up with a plan to build a memorial tower after learning of records of the Mongol invasion, and it was finally built in 1967.

AddressShingu, Kasuya District, Fukuoka 811-0118
Open Time24 Hour
URLHome Page

Hotel

Since Ainoshima is a very small island, there are few lodging facilities. Therefore, please make a plan before traveling, such as making a reservation in advance.

Marumiya Ryokan

Address776-2 Ainoshima, Shingu, Kasuya District, Fukuoka 811-0118
Tel0929622908
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