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[Animal Tourism: Cat Island] Japan: Oki Island, Shiga Prefecture

Animal Attraction

Oki Island is a small island located in Shiga Prefecture. Many cats live on this island, and it has become a very popular tourist spot in Japan in recent years. Of course, the purpose of tourists is cats. About 300 people and about 20 cats live on Oki Island. In 2015, Oki Island was certified as a Japanese heritage as a constituent cultural property of “Lake Biwa and its waterside landscape-a water heritage of prayer and living”, and beautiful nature other than cats is a highlight.

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Location

Oki Island is a small island located in Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture.

AddressOkishimacho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0801
Population300
Number of Cats20

History

Okishima was a barrier in the Middle Ages as an important base for Lake Biwa water transportation. Instead of paying for the passing ships, the residents of Oki Island guaranteed the safety of navigation. After that, in modern times, it was certified as a remote island area by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Climate

Almost the entire area of Oki Island has an inland climate. It is characterized by relatively low annual rainfall and a stable climate. Throughout the year, temperatures range from -0 ° C to 31 ° C.

Language

Japanese is used in Japan.

Security

Okishima is home to only a few residents, so you can take a walk with peace of mind even at night.

Race

Shiga Prefecture is mostly made up of Japanese people.

industry

Oki Island is a very small island with little industrial development. There are no cars or traffic lights on the island, just ships. Most of the island’s transportation is by bicycle. Tap water is supplied by filtering lake water at the Okishima water purification plant on the island, and electricity is supplied by connecting cables from the mainland. There are several restaurants.

religion

Many Japanese are atheists.

currency

Japanese yen is used in Japan.

airport

Since there is no airport in Shiga prefecture, Osaka International Airport is the closest.

NameOsaka International (Itami) Airport
Address3 Chome-555 Hotarugaike Nishimachi, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0036
URLHome Page

access

Please go to Omihachiman Station on the JR Biwako Line first. After that, take the “Akakon Bus” or “Omi Bus” from the north exit of JR Omihachiman Station to Hokkiriko Port. After that, it will be a flow to move from Horikiri Port to Okishima by ferry of “Okishima Tsusen”. JR Railways in Japan uses an IC card called Suica. It is very convenient because it will be charged with this card and automatically settled. IC cards can be purchased at stations. If you are going from Osaka International Airport, please use the bus from the airport to Shin-Osaka Station. You can go to Omihachiman Station from Shin-Osaka via Kusatsu. You can see the route, fare, and timetable from the URL.

RoutePlaceVehicleTimeAddressURL
1Osaka International Airport

JR Shin-Osaka Station
Bus50min3 Chome-555 Hotarugaike Nishimachi, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0036Map
2JR Shin-Osaka Station(JR Kyoto Line Special Rapid Service bound for Kusatsu)

JR Kusatsu Station
Train100min1 Chome-1-1 Miyahara, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, 532-0003Map
3JR Kusatsu Station(JR Biwako Line / Nagahama Line)

JR Omihachiman Station
Train30min1-chōme-1 Shibukawa, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-0026Map
4JR Omihachiman Station

Horikiri Port
Bus30minTakakaicho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0891Map
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5Horikiri Port

Okishima
Ferry10minOkishimacho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0801Map

Prohibited matter

Please follow the rules below when you go to Oki Island.

  • Please do not feed the cats.
  • Please do not walk.
  • Be quiet when walking in the alley.
  • Please take your trash home.
  • Please do not stay in the field.
  • Please do not barbecue.

Sightseeing spot 1: Okitsushima Shrine

An old shrine built 1300 years ago. It is the most well-known shrine on this island, and is closely related to the “Shirahige Shrine” and “Himure Hachiman Shrine” on the mainland.

Address199 Okishimacho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0801
URLHome Page
Time24 Hours

Sightseeing spot 2: Okishima Elementary School

It is an elementary school in Okishima. There are only a dozen students. It has a very peaceful atmosphere.

Address360 Okishimacho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0801
URLHome Page
Time

Sightseeing Spot 3: Okishima Museum

At the Okishima Museum, you can learn about the history of Oki Island and tools that have been passed down since ancient times. The admission fee is 200 yen.

Address268-1 Okishimacho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0801
URLHome Page
Time10:00-16:00

Sightseeing spot 4: Mt. Kenken

It is a mountain on Oki Island. Contrary to the name, there are some tough mountain roads.

AddressOkishimacho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0801
URL
Time24 Hours

Hotel

There are a few private lodgings on Oki Island. If you want to stay, please make a reservation in advance. There are not so many accommodation facilities, so in the worst case, you will end up in a field inn.

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Address250-1 Okishima-cho, Shiga Prefecture
URLHome Page

Lake villa

Address167 Okishima-cho, Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture
URLHome Page

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