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[Animal Tourism: Cat Island] Japan: Fukashima, Saiki City, Oita Prefecture

Animal Attraction

Fukajima is a small island located in Saiki City, Oita Prefecture. The island is known for its natural monument, the Japanese wood pigeon, but it is also home to rare creatures such as the purple coenobita. And the biggest attention is the cat. More than 100 cats live on this island, and Fukajima has become very well known in recent years. Fukashima has a population of 19, so it is a cat-dominated island with an overwhelmingly larger number of cats than humans.

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Location

Fukajima is a small island located in the southern part of Oita prefecture.

AddressKamae Oaza Kamaeura, Saiki, Oita 876-2401
Population19
Number of cats100

History

Fukajima is said to be the top of the land that was submerged due to crustal movements. Originally a less populated land, many immigrants from the mainland came to develop the island in the 1700s. However, he could not live permanently after that, and it became an island of the Saiki domain. It wasn’t until the 2000s that the island was in the spotlight. It became known as “Cat Island” and became a tourist destination.

Climate

Fukashima is very hot and humid in the summer. In winter, there is almost no snow and the climate is warm. Temperatures range from 2 ° C to 32 ° C throughout the year.

Language

Japanese is used in Japan.

Security

Fukashima is an island with few people, so there is no danger at all, natural disasters are more dangerous than man-made disasters. Typhoons may come to Oita prefecture.

Race

Most of them are Japanese in Japan.

industry

Fukashima has a thriving tourism industry. Also known as a diving spot, more and more people are snorkeling and sea kayaking. Since it is a small island, there are no hospitals, shops, or even vending machines, let alone convenience stores. It’s a cafeteria, but if you want to visit this island, you need to be well prepared.

religion

Many Japanese are atheists.

currency

Japanese yen is used in Japan.

airport

The nearest is Oita Airport.

NameOita Airport
Address13 Akimachi Shimobaru, Kunisaki, Oita 873-0231
URLHome Page

access

Fukashima can only be reached by ferry. From Oita Airport, you can take a bus to Saiki Station and then to Kamae Road Station. After that, we will move from Kamae by boat. You can check the timetable, operation status, map, etc. from the following URL.

RoutePlaceVehicleTimeAddressURL
1Oita Airport(Oita Transportation Bus bound for Saiki and Usuki)

JR Saiki Station
Bus2 Hour13 Akimachi Shimobaru, Kunisaki, Oita 873-0231Map
2JR Saiki Station(Saeki City Community Bus bound for Kamae Road Station)

Kamae Road Station
Bus50min6 Hiranomachi, Saiki, Oita 876-0805Map
3Kamae Road Station

Kamae Port
Walk10min5104-1 Kamae Oaza Kamaeura, Saiki, Oita 876-2401
4Kamae Port

Fuka Island
Ferry30minKamae Oaza Kamaeura, Saiki City, Oita Prefecture 876-2401Map

Prohibited matter

Feeding cats is basically prohibited in Fukashima. There are exceptions, and you can buy food at the Fukashima cafeteria. At the cafeteria, you can buy a small bag of cat food and give it to your cat. This bait is recognized for its nutritional value and safety. Also, do not chase, hit, hug, or surprise the cat in a loud voice.

Wood pigeon

In Fuka Island, you can meet the Japanese wood pigeon, which is a natural monument. The total length is 40 cm and the whole body is covered with glossy black feathers. Food is grass and fruits. In fact, it is an animal that has been designated as an endangered species.

Purple Coenobita

A natural monument, the purple coenobita, also lives in Fukashima. This hermit crab has been designated as a natural monument due to its declining population.

Sightseeing Spot 1: Fukashima Daimyojin

Daimyojin watching over Fukashima. Many cats live near this shrine and you can meet them.

Address3241 Kamae Oaza Kamaeura, Saiki, Oita 876-2401
URL
Open Time24 Hour

Sightseeing Spot 2: Fukashima dining room

It is the only dining room in Fukashima. Please note that advance reservations are required. Many cats gather here as well. You can enjoy lunch and cafe menu using Fukashima miso, and in the summer you can also enjoy seafood barbecue on the ocean view deck.

Address3249 Kamae Oaza Kamaeura, Saiki, Oita 876-2401
URLHome Page
Open Time

Sightseeing Spot 3: Fukashima Lighthouse

It is a lighthouse in Fukashima. Many people gather around here for fishing.

AddressKamae Oaza Kamaeura, Saiki, Oita 876-2401
URL
Open Time24 Hour

Hotel

Since Fuka Island is a small island, there are few accommodations. There are only hotels listed below, so make a reservation before traveling. In the worst case, it will be a field inn.

Shinkiya

This is an inn for rent, and is the only place to stay on the island. Since there are multiple rooms, group use is also possible. It is 8500 yen with 2 meals per night and 4000 yen without meals.

Address Kamae Oaza Kamaeura, Saiki City, Oita 876-2401
URLHome Page
TimeCheck in Time: 15:00
Check out Time : 10:00

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