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[Animal Tourism: Cat Island] Japan: Manabe Island, Kasaoka City, Okayama Prefecture

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Manabe Island is a small island in Kasaoka, Okayama Prefecture. The landscape of the island, which retains its idyllic appearance, is also used as a location for movies and dramas, and is also a relatively well-known island. In recent years, this island has become very popular as a cat island. There are many stray cats, and it is said that there are more than 100 stray cats. The main way to get to this island is by ferry, and it is also possible to go from Kagawa prefecture. It is a highly recommended place to spend time with cats in the idyllic countryside.

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Location

Manabe Island is a small island located in the south of Okayama Prefecture.

AddressManabeshima, Kasaoka, Okayama 714-0037
Population200
Number of cats100

History

Manabe Island is said to have been inhabited by Naumann elephants during the Paleolithic period. It is said that there was a settlement in this area in ancient times. Furthermore, in the Middle Ages, a castle was built and a toll tax was collected. In modern times, Manabe Elementary School and Junior High School were built. Currently, water services can be used, and the minimum infrastructure is in place.

Climate

Manabe Island is very hot and humid in the summer. The opposite is true in winter, which is very cold. Temperatures range from 2 ° C to 32 ° C throughout the year.

Language

Japanese is used in Japan.

Security

Manabe Island has a small number of inhabitants and there is no danger at all. Therefore, natural disasters are more dangerous than man-made disasters. Typhoons may come from summer to autumn.

Race

Most of them are Japanese in Japan.

industry

Manabe Island has been a thriving fishing industry for a long time. There are few accommodations on this island. You can also eat fresh fish at the inn.

religion

There are many atheists in Japan.

currency

Japanese yen is used in Japan.

airport

Okayama has Okayama Airport.

NameOkayama Momotaro Airport
Address1277 Nichioji, Kita Ward, Okayama, 701-1131
URLHome Page

access

Manabe Island can only be reached by Sanyo Kisen ferry. If you are going from Okayama Airport, take a bus to Kurashiki and then take the JR train to Kasaoka. Then go to the harbor and take the ferry. You can check the operation status, map, and timetable from the URL.

RoutePlaceTimeVihicleDepart AddressURL
1Okayama Momotaro Airport(Airport limousine bus bound for Kurashiki Station)

JR Kurashiki Station
40minBus1277 Nichioji, Kita Ward, Okayama, 701-1131Map
2JR Kurashiki Station

JR Kasaoka Station
30minTrain1 Chome-1-1 Achi, Kurashiki, Okayama 710-0055Map
3JR Kasaoka Station

Kasaoka Port
15minWalkKasaoka, Okayama 714-0081
4Kasaoka Port

Manabe Island
45minFerryKasaoka, Okayama 714-0081Map

Cat

The cats on Manabe Island are very familiar, and they often come together as if they were jumping. Perhaps cats are approaching because they think humans will feed them. Manabe Island does not have a rule that “cats are not allowed to feed”, but if there are residents nearby, I think it is better to say a word.

Sightseeing Spot 1: Manabe Island Furusato Village Museum

It is a place where materials related to history, archeology, folklore, etc. scattered throughout the island are exhibited.

Address4060-1 Manabeshima, Kasaoka, Okayama 714-0037
URLHome Page
Open Time09:00~16:30

Sightseeing Spot 2: Shiroyama Observatory

It is the highest peak of Manabe Island, and you can see the beautiful nature from this observatory.

AddressKasaoka, Okayama 714-0037
URLHome Page
Open Time24 Hour

Sightseeing Spot 3: Running portable shrine

It is an annual event on this island. It doesn’t take place in any particular part of the island, but young people run around the entire island. It is a festival once a year. It will be held in May for 3 days.

Address
URLHome Page
Open Time

Sightseeing Spot 4: Manabe Island Fureai Park

It is a very beautiful place with seasonal flowers that decorate the flowerbed. There are also athletic facilities that adults and children can enjoy.

Address3636-2 Manabeshima, Kasaoka, Okayama 714-0037
URLHome Page
Open Time

Hotel

Manabe Island has only a few accommodations. As the number is small, please be sure to make a reservation in advance before you go.

INN THE CAMP

Address4073 Manabeshima, Kasaoka, Okayama 714-0037
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 10:00

Santora

Address2224 Manabeshima, Kasaoka, Okayama 714-0037
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 10:00

ZENTA SUITE

Address4543-1 Manabeshima, Kasaoka, Okayama 714-0037
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 10:00

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