Okunoshima - The famous Rabbit Island


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Okunoshima (大久野島) is a small island located in Takehara in the province & nbsp; of Hiroshima. The site is made up of camps, trails and historic sites. &Nbsp; The island is also known as & nbsp; Usagi Jima  (ウサギ島 - & nbsp; Coelho Island) because of the countless wild rabbits that inhabit the island. Fortunately they are docile and have become accustomed to humans, making the island a perfect place for tourism.

The island was initially created with the purpose of developing gases lethal for the war, and more than 6 thousand tons were produced, but with the end of the war, this whole project was abandoned and kept secret, so the island was totally deserted and unknown among people. .

The Island has totally changed, now it is possible to find hotels, a golf course and a camping site, you can even swim in the clean water that circulates the island and, of course, play and feel the cuteness of the thousands of rabbits that inhabit the island.

Okunoshima - ilha dos coelhos

The Okunoshima Rabbits

When the island was abandoned after the Second World War, the rabbits that were used to test the effectiveness of chemical weapons were released. However, according to the government, they were destroyed & nbsp; along with the factories, and they claim that the current rabbits present on the island have nothing to do with the used test nodes. But probably some & nbsp; must have escaped, and then you know ... (2 = 8 = 50 = 200 = 800 = 2000 = 156458468)

It is worth remembering that it is forbidden to hunt these rabbits, including taking animals such as cats and dogs to the island. Japan is full of unique places like island of cats and fox village beyond the deer found in Nara.

Okunoshima - ilha dos coelhos

Poison Gas Museum

The island also has a museum opened in 1988 to show as many people as possible the terrible truths about poison gas. In this museum you can find details about the effect of the gas on the body, and also on people affected, you can see a little of the plant, used equipment, etc.

Trip to Okunoshima - Rabbits Island

In 2016 I had the opportunity to visit this island in person and I found a right tourist spot for those who like animals. It was a quick trip from Osaka to Mihara, I intended to take the Kuro Line, & nbsp; it would be a long time, so I took a bus to Tadanoumi Bay and paid about 600 yen to access the island. Below you can see a video made by me: