Japan is known as one of the top cat tourist destinations in the world. The reason is the large number of cat island spots. Many people do not know that there are many islands called cat islands, from Tashirojima in the north to Taketomijima in the south, but many people are surprised at the number of cat spots. CNN, an American media, has announced the world’s 6 big cat spots, and Japan has 2 of them.
List of cat islands in Japan
Now, let me introduce the list of cat islands. There are many, so many people may be surprised.
Tashirojima, Japan’s most famous cat island in the world. The neighboring Ajishima Island is also known as a cat spot. The island is famous not only for cat tourism but also for fishing. Many foreign tourists also come here.
|Address||Tashirohama, Ishinomaki, Miyagi 986-0023|
It is not only a tourist spot for cats, but also a famous tourist spot with many other tourist spots. There seems to be a movement to increase the number of cats. It is not only a place for cat sightseeing, but also a place where you can play.
|Address||Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0036|
Jogashima, located in the southern part of Kanagawa Prefecture, is also an island where many cats live. The good thing about Jogashima is that you can easily go by car without taking a boat. Therefore, you will not feel inconvenient compared to other cat islands.
|Address||Jogashima Misakimachi, Miura, Kanagawa 238-0237|
It is said to be the only cat island in the Chubu region of Japan. Most of the people were fishermen in the lake, but the number of cats became so large that it became famous as Cat Island. However, the number of cats is small compared to other islands.
|Address||Okishimacho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0801|
Manabeshima is a cat island in Okayama Prefecture. There are currently about 100 cats living here, so you can see cats here and there. Many cats are accustomed to people, so you can even touch them.
|Address||Manabeshima, Kasaoka, Okayama 714-0037|
Iwaishima is an island of cats in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Although the island continues to lose its population, the number of cats is increasing in the opposite direction. With mountains approaching the sea, the main industries are fishing, agriculture and tourism.
|Address||Iwaishima, Kaminoseki, Kumage District, Yamaguchi 742-1401|
Sanagi Island is widely known as a cat island by foreign tourists, and it is an island with many foreign tourists. It is said that there are more cats than people, and many cats live here, so you can meet them anywhere.
|Address||Sanagi, Tadotsu, Nakatado District, Kagawa 764-0040|
Along with Ogijima, Megijima is said to be an island of cats. However, Ogijima may be more famous as an island of cats. Megijima has more shops and hotels than Ogijima.
|Address||Megicho, Takamatsu, Kagawa 760-0092|
Along with Megijima, Ogijima is called Cat Island. There aren’t that many cats on this island. The places where you can meet cats are limited to some extent. To get to this island, you need to take a ferry like Megijima.
|Address||Ogicho, Takamatsu, Kagawa 760-0091|
Cat Island is located in Ehime Prefecture, but the biggest feature of this island is the large number of cats. There are cats all over the island, and it has become very famous. The island is becoming more and more popular with tourists.
|Address||Nagahamacho Aoshima, Ozu, Ehime 799-3470|
A famous cat island in Fukuoka Prefecture. About 200 islanders and about 100 cats live happily together. It is also popular as a hiking course and many tourists come.
|Address||Ainoshima, Shingu, Kasuya District, Fukuoka 811-0118|
Genkai Island is a cat island in Fukuoka Prefecture. It is famous as one of Fukuoka City’s leading fishing spots, but it is also a famous tourist destination because there are many cats living there.
|Address||Genkaijima, Nishi Ward, Fukuoka, 819-0205|
Among the islands of cats, it is a very convenient island for transportation. Due to its flat terrain, the island is very easy to walk around. There are many cats, and there are beaches and campsites, so there are many things to enjoy.
|Address||Ainoshima, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0091|
Yushima has many steep slopes, so walking is the main way to get around. Cats are only found near the settlements on the south side of the island, so there aren’t that many.
|Address||Oyanomachi Yushima, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-3711|
Fukashima is said to be an island with so many cats that it has more cats than people. It is famous as an island where residents have mass spayed and neutered cats.
|Address||Kamae Oaza Kamaeura, Saiki, Oita 876-2401|
It is famous as an island of gods, but in recent years it has become known as an island of cats. Since Kudaka Island is the island of the gods, it is forbidden to take out even a single piece of grass or even a single shell.
|Address||Kudaka Chinen, Nanjo, Okinawa 901-1501|
An island in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. It is one of the relatively convenient islands because it is connected to the main island of Okinawa. Although it is a small island, there are many houses and about 1000 people live there. Cats are walking everywhere.
|Address||Ou Tamagusuku, Nanjo, Okinawa 901-0614|
Taketomi Island is an island about 15 minutes south by ferry from Ishigaki Island. It is also famous as a tropical resort, but there are many cats living there, and many tourists relax with them.
|Address||Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa 907-1101|