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[Animal Tourism: Cat Island] Japan: Tashirojima, Miyagi Prefecture

Animal Attraction

Tashirojima is a small island in Miyagi prefecture, Japan. It is the best cat island in Tohoku, and it has 130 cats while it has only 70 inhabitants. Cat culture has taken root since ancient times so that there is a shrine that enshrines cats. This may be a paradise for cat lovers. Dogs are not allowed on Nekojima. This is because dogs are considered to be the natural enemy of cats.

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Location

It is an island located in Miyagi prefecture, Japan.

AddressTashirohama, Ishinomaki, Miyagi 986-0023
Population70
Number of Cats130

History

The sericulture industry was originally very developed on Tashirojima. Along with this, the mouse, which is the natural enemy of the silk moth, became a problem, and the inhabitants began to keep cats to exterminate the mouse. During the Edo period, the fishing industry was thriving, and cats seeking leftover fish began to gather on this island, and the relationship between fishermen and cats became closer. There are 10 cat shrines in Miyagi prefecture. One day, a fisherman was collecting a heavy rock to set up a large net, and the collapsed rock hit a cat and died, so when he buried a dead cat, a big catch continued. I did. With such a background, cats became cat gods, and shrines were built.

Climate

It is warm, with little difference in temperature, and even during the midwinter, the average monthly temperature is around 0 to 25 degrees Celsius. The climate is comfortable all year round.

Language

Japanese is used in Japan. Please note that Japanese cannot speak any foreign language.

Security

Tashirojima is a very idyllic island with few crimes. It’s okay to go out at night.

Race

Most of Tashirojima is Japanese.

industry

Most of the inhabitants are engaged in agriculture, fishing and sericulture. In addition, the tourism industry is becoming more active.

religion

Most of the Japanese are atheists.

currency

Japanese yen is used in Japan.

airport

The nearest airport is Sendai International Airport.

NameSendai-Airport
AddressMinamihara Shimomasuda, Natori, Miyagi 989-2401
URLHome Page

access

It is common to take a ferry from Ishinomaki City to Tashirojima. Please refer to the following for the route from Sendai. JR, which is a Japanese railway, has an IC card called Suica. By depositing in advance, you can automatically settle at the ticket gate even if you get on and off or get off on the way. Suica can be purchased at JR stations.

NoPlaceAddressURLTime required
1JR Sendai Line Sendai Station1 Chome-1-1 Central, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0021Map85min
2JR Senseki Line Ishinomaki Station13 Kokuchō, Ishinomaki, Miyagi 986-0825MapDozens of walks or a bus
3ferry
“Ishinomaki Central”
→ Tashirojima
〒986-0822 Miyagi, Ishinomaki, Central, 1 Chome−14−5 リバーサイドMOTOMACHI 2階Map40min

Prohibited matter

The following acts are prohibited on Tashirojima, so be sure to observe them.

  • Feeding cats
  • Cat takeaway
  • Attack on cats
  • Bringing in a dog

Sightseeing spot 1: Cat shrine

It is a shrine that enshrines cats. It is located almost in the center of the island. At the end of the small torii, many cat figurines are placed to protect the enshrined cats.

AddressTashirohama, Ishinomaki, Miyagi 986-0023
Open Time24 Hours

Sightseeing spot 2: Island station

It is a place about 5 minutes on foot from “Cat Shrine”. Originally, an elementary and junior high school in Ishinomaki City was built. When you enter the store, you can find original goods for sale.

Address〒986-0023 Miyagi, Ishinomaki, Tashirohama, 字内山69-2
Open Time10AM-3PM

Sightseeing Spot 3: Manga Island

There is a facility called “Manga Island” on Tashirojima. You can take a break and experience manga creation. It is also possible to stay at the lodge.

Address〒986-0023 Miyagi, Ishinomaki, Tashirohama, Shikishima−24
Open Time24 Hours
URLHP

Sightseeing Spot 4: Olive Cafe

It is about a 5-minute walk from Nitoda Port. The view of the sea is very good and you can relax while drinking.

AddressNitoda 田代島 Ishinomaki, Miyagi 986-0023
Open Time10:30AM – 09:00PM
URLHP

Hotel

Tashirojima is a rural island, so there aren’t many accommodations. For accommodation on Tashirojima, there are only a few guesthouses on the island. Therefore, please be sure to make a reservation in advance before going on a trip.

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