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[Animal Tourism: Cat Island] Japan: Sanagi Island, Kagawa Prefecture

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Sanagi Island is a cat island in Kagawa prefecture, Japan. It became very famous for being an island with more cats than humans. There are no restaurants or convenience stores on the island, so there are some inconveniences, but you can play with many cats. A few years ago, a famous animal photographer photographed a cat living on the island and was introduced in a photo book and a TV program, which suddenly made the island a famous island and a tourist spot visited by many people. I did.

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Location

Sanagi Island is an island in the northern part of Kagawa Prefecture.

AddressSanagi, Tadotsu, Nakatado District, Kagawa 764-0040
Population60
Number of Cats100

History

Sanagi Island does not have a big industry like this for a long time, but it is an island that flows in the event of a distress. It has been an uninhabited island for a long time, but it became a place where residents settled down, and in 1956 it was incorporated into Tadotsu Town, Kagawa Prefecture. This island was unknown until the present day, but in the 2000s, it became known on SNS and TV that many cute cats lived there, and it became a tourist spot.

Climate

Sanagi Island is said to be an area with many sunny days. Furthermore, the average annual temperature is as warm as 16 ℃. In summer, it gets hot temporarily and can rise to nearly 40 ° C.

Language

Japanese is used in Japan.

Security

Sanagi Island has very few inhabitants and there is no security problem. Since the Shikoku region is a region that is often damaged by typhoons, it is necessary to be careful about natural disasters.

Race

Most of Sanagi Island is Japanese.

industry

Sanagi Island is made up of agricultural and fishery workers. There are no convenience stores or supermarkets on Sanagi Island, so it is very inconvenient. Also, of course, there are not many accommodation facilities, so if you miss the opportunity to take a ferry, in the worst case, it will be a field inn, so be sure to prepare well before visiting.

religion

Many Japanese are atheists.

currency

Japanese yen is used in Japan.

airport

Takamatsu Airport is located in Kagawa Prefecture.

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

access

To access Sanagi Island, take the JR Yosan Line from Takamatsu Station to Tadotsu Station, and walk from Tadotsu Station to Tadotsu Port. There is a ferry from Tadatsu Port to Sanagi Island, so you can go there. You can only reach the island by ferry from Sanyo Kisen. JR Railways in Japan has an IC card called Suica, which makes payment easy. You can purchase it at stations. Please refer to the URL below for timetables.

RoutePlaceAddressVehicleTimeURL
1JR Takamatsu Station

JR Tadotsu Station
1 Hamanochō, Takamatsu, Kagawa 760-0011Train40minMap
2JR Tadotsu Station

Tadatsu Port
3-chōme-3 Sakaemachi, Tadotsu, Nakatado District, Kagawa 764-0011Walk20min
3Tadatsu Port

Sanagi Island
13 Higashihama, 764-0016Ferry50minMap

Prohibited matter

The following items are prohibited on Sanagi Island, so be sure to follow your etiquette.

  • When sightseeing, stroll around the island from sunrise to sunset
  • Night fishing
  • Camping and barbecue
  • Use of fire and harassment such as fireworks
  • Let’s take away food and other garbage
  • Don’t go inside the premises of your house and shoot
  • It’s dangerous to feed in the middle of the road, so don’t do it.

Sightseeing Spot 1: Nekonoshima Hostel

It was the only accommodation on the island and a place to eat and drink, but it was closed. It has been in business again since April 2022. Depending on the situation, such as when the infection situation worsens and an emergency declaration is issued again, there is a possibility of refraining from business and canceling the reservation again. If you want to stay, please make a reservation

Address1353 Sanagi, Tadotsu, Nakatado District, Kagawa 764-0040
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 17:00
Check-out time: 10:00

Sightseeing spot 2: Hachiman Shrine

A shrine on Sanagi Island. A festival is held in the fall. It may be good to enjoy the festival with a cat. It will be held two days before the three consecutive holidays in October. A fishing boat carrying a sacred sword lined up fishing boats with a big fishing flag.
Go from Motoura Port to Nagasaki Port.

Address1280-1 Sanagi, Tadotsu, Nakatado District, Kagawa 764-0040
URLHome Page
Time24 Hours

Sightseeing spot 3: Double grave system

It is a grave on Sanagi Island. A “burial tomb” to bury the body and a “visit tomb” to worship the soul. There is a practice of double grave system where one person makes two graves.

Address2902 Sanagi, Tadotsu, Nakatado District, Kagawa 764-0040
URL
Time24 Hours

Sightseeing Spot 4: Cat Square

There is a point where you can see flying cats near Sanagishima Port. This point is a photography spot.

Address715 Sanagi, Tadotsu, Nakatado District, Kagawa 764-0040
URL
Time24 Hours

Hotel

Only Nekonoshima Hostel has accommodations on Sanagi Island. If you can’t make a reservation at this location, you’ll have to take a ferry back to Tadotsu.

Hotel Toyota

A hotel located a 1-minute walk from Tadotsu Station. There are convenience stores in the vicinity, but it will be late at night. Let’s shop early.

Address3 -2-10 Sakaemachi, Tadotsu, Nakatado District, Kagawa 764-0011
URL
Tel0877330088

Koroken

One building is reserved for one night and two days. It is a private lodging and can be used for any purpose. You can sleep in two rooms, 10 tatami mats and 6 tatami mats.

Address1-15 Nishihama, Tadotsu, Nakatado District, Kagawa 764-0015
URLHome Page
Tel09071446803

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