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[Animal Tourism: Cat Island] Japan: Yushima, Kumamoto Prefecture

Animal Attraction

Yushima is a small island in Kumamoto prefecture. It is a cat paradise that has been attracting attention because it has been featured in the media such as TV in recent years on the cat island in the Ariake Sea. Yushima is home to about 200 cats, but most of them are taken care of by the islanders, so they are not stray cats. There are several inns and restaurants in Yushima, and it is an island where you can enjoy not only cats but also food.

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Location

Yushima is an island located in the western part of Kumamoto.

AddressOyanomachi Yushima, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-3711
Poplation280
Number of cats200

History

Yushima has no particular history of saying this. Since it is an island in the west of Kyushu, it was not an island that appears on the front stage of history compared to the mainland. Yushima formed a municipality independently in 1889 and became Yushima Village. In 2004, Kamiamakusa City was established by merging with the surrounding area.

Climate

Kamiamakusa is very hot and humid in the summer. Winter is very cold. Temperatures range from 3 ° C to 32 ° C throughout the year

Language

Japanese is used in Japan.

Security

Yushima is a very safe island because it has very few residents. 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

Yushima is a small island with no big industry. The characteristic of the island is that there are many rugged roads, and cars rarely drive. There are no traffic lights on the island and there is almost no transportation. There are no convenience stores and there are few vending machines, so it is safer to bring drinks.

religion

There are many atheists in Japan.

currency

Japanese yen is used in Japan.

airport

The nearest is Kumamoto Airport.

NameAso Kumamoto Airport
Address1802-2 Oyatsu, Mashiki, Kamimashiki District, Kumamoto 861-2204
URLHome Page

access

When going from Kumamoto Airport, first move the bus from the airport to Kumamoto Station. From Kumamoto Station Sakuramachi Bus Terminal, take the bus “Rapid Amakusa” and get off at Roadside Station Kamiamakusa Sanparu. From there, it takes about 25 minutes by boat from Ehito Port on foot. You can check the timetable, operation status, map, etc. from the following URL.

RoutePlaceVehicleDepart AddressTimeURL
1Aso Kumamoto Airport(Kyushu Sanko Bus / Airport Limousine Bus / Western Garage)

JR Kumamoto Station
Bus1802-2 Oyatsu, Mashiki, Kamimashiki District, Kumamoto 861-220460minMap
2JR Kumamoto Station(Rapid Amakusa)

Roadside Station Sun Pearl
Bus3 Chome-15-1 Kasuga, Nishi Ward, Kumamoto, 860-004790minMap
3Roadside Station Sun Pearl

Ehito Port
Walk11582-24 Oyanomachinaka, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-360315min
4Ehito Port

Yu island
Ferry625-3 Oyanomachikami, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-360225minMap

Sightseeing Spot 1: Heart Tree

The tree is heart-shaped and many tourists take pictures. There is also a shop near the heart tree, where cats gather.

AddressOyanomachi Yushima, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-3711
URL
Open Time24 Hour

Sightseeing Spot 2: Sea turtle spot

The Yushima coastal area is where sea turtles visit to spawn. There is a sign that says Sea Turtle Spot, and you may be able to encounter it.

Sightseeing Spot 3: Vague cafe

The shop is open irregularly. If you visit, it’s best to make a reservation in advance.

Address30-1 Yushima, Oyanomachi, Kamiamakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture 869-3711
URLHome Page
Open Time

Sightseeing Spot 4: Nekorobi Cafe

It is one of the few cafes in Yushima. You can enjoy a cold drink. Cats also gather near this cafe.

Address627 Oyanomachi Yushima, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-3711
URLHome Page
Open TIme

Sightseeing Spot 5: Yushima Lighthouse

AddressOyanomachi Yushima, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-3711
URL
Open Time24 Hour

Hotel

Since Yushima is a small island, accommodation facilities are limited. If you go on a trip, make a reservation in advance before you go. In the worst case, it will be a field inn.

Hinodeso

Address913 Oyanomachi Yushima, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-3711
URLHome Page
TimeCheck-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 12:00

Ryokan Ariakeso

Address643 Oyanomachi Yushima, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-3711
Tel0964564101
Time

Kiku

Address9 Oyanomachi Yushima, Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto 869-3711
URLHome Page
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