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[Animal Tourism: Cat Island] Japan: Aoshima, Ehime Prefecture

Animal Attraction

Aoshima is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Although the island has only a few inhabitants, it is known as an island with more cats than humans. It is a very small island with no convenience stores, supermarkets or accommodations, and the untouched nature is left as it is. Aoshima is very famous as “Cat Island” where cats live freely everywhere on the island and are irresistible for cat lovers. The island is becoming more and more famous year by year and has become a tourist attraction. All-head contraceptive surgery was performed in 2018.

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Location

Aoshima is an island located in the northwestern part of Ehime prefecture.

AddressNagahamacho Aoshima, Ozu, Ehime 799-3470
Population6
Number of Cats120

History

Aoshima was originally known as an uninhabited island. In modern times, the reputation for catching fish has spread and it has become a famous fishing spot. However, the island still has a population of less than 900 at its peak and has been declining since 1942. It is a place where Bon festival dance is held every August.

Climate

Aoshima has less rainfall and more sunny weather. Temperatures range from 3 ° C to 30 ° C throughout the year, but Japan is becoming more tropical and often rises to nearly 40 ° C in summer.

Language

Japanese is used in Japan.

Security

Aoshima is almost empty, so you can live very safely. You should be more concerned about natural disasters than security. This is because many typhoons come from summer to autumn in Japan.

Race

The overwhelming majority of Japanese people in Japan.

industry

Aoshima has almost no industry. There are no vending machines and no clinics. There are no accommodations, restaurants or shops, so be prepared before visiting the island. Electricity is supplied by submarine cables and water is carried by regular passenger ships.

religion

There are many atheists in Japan.

currency

Japanese yen is used in Japan.

airport

Takamatsu Airport is the largest international airport in the Shikoku region.

NameTakamatsu Airport
Address1312-7 Konanchooka, Takamatsu, Kagawa 761-1401
URLHome Page

Matsuyama Airport is an airport near Aoshima.

NameMatsuyama Airport
Address2731 Minamiyoshidamachi, Matsuyama, Ehime 791-8042
URLHome Page

access

The following means are common for access to Aoshima. JR Railways in Japan has a rechargeable IC card called Suica. It can be purchased at the station and getting on and off is very convenient. From Matsuyama Airport, go to Matsuyama Station and take the JR Yosan Line to the 12th station, Iyo Nagahama. After that, take the ferry named Aoshima from Nagahama Port. The regular passenger ship “Aoshima” owned by Qingdao Shipping Co., Ltd. is the only means of transportation connecting Aoshimaand Nagahama.

RoutePlacevehicleAddressTime to Next destinationURL
1Matsuyama Airport

JR Matsuyama Station
Car or Taxi1-chōme-14 Minamiedo, Matsuyama, Ehime 790-006215minMap
2JR Yosan Line Matsuyama Station

JR Yosan Line Iyo Nagahama Station
TrainNagahama, Ozu, Ehime 799-3401100minMap
3JR Yosan Line Iyo Nagahama Station

Nagahama Port
WalkNagahama Port, Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture 795-000020-30min
4Nagahama Port

aoshima
ferryNagahamacho Aoshima, Ozu, Ehime 799-347030minMap

Prohibited matter

Be sure to follow the squid rules when visiting Aoshima.

  • Liners are used to transport daily necessities. Give priority to the islanders.
  • Let’s take the trash home.
  • Let’s stop wasting water.
  • Be sure to feed your cat at the designated “cat feeding ground”.
  • Cats are not allowed in the waiting room.
  • Let’s take actions that do not bother the lives of the islanders.

Sightseeing spot 1: Aoshima Shrine

There is a shrine called “Aoshima Shrine” near the cat feeding ground. The princess Shield is enshrined as a deity.

Address174 Nagahamacho Aoshima, Ozu, Ehime 799-3470
Open Time24 Hours

Sightseeing spot 2: Feeding ground

Cats are allowed to feed, but only in the feeding area. Feed only in designated areas.

Hotel

Aoshima has only residents and cats, and there are almost no tourist spots. There are no shops on the island, so it’s safe to find accommodation outside the island. The closest accommodation to Qingdao is a guest house in Nagahama-cho where a ship bound for Qingdao leaves. Or there is a large town called Ozu City nearby, so it is safe to stay there.

Ozu Plaza Hotel

Although there are many rooms in a business hotel, it is a relatively reasonable price in Ozu City.

Address1341 Higashiozu, Ozu, Ehime 795-0064
Tel0893251100
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 11:00

Hotel Ota

There is a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage. There is free wi-fi for guests.

Address36-4 Tanokuchi, Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture, 795-0063
Tel0893243533
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 10:00

Super Hotel Ehime / Ozu Interchange

The rooms are small and clean, and you can take a bath at any time of the night in the large communal bath.

Address1487 Higashiozu, Ozu, Ehime 795-0064
Tel0893379000
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 10:00

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