【Teaser Trip】Hiroshima / Okunoshima Island - the rabbits and poison
What we'll do
Have you ever heard of the rabbit island located in the Inland Sea of Japan?
An increasing number of visitors are coming to this small island named Okunoshima.
First they are fascinated by the adorable and innocent 900 rabbits inhabiting the island. Then they are shocked to learn the dark history of this island. Okunoshima used to be the site of poison gas manufacturing plants. This complicated story of Okunoshima creates a very unique atmosphere of the place that you can't find anywhere else in Japan. You will feel both healing vibes and fear of death behind the scenes of this calm island. It is like watching two different genres of films alternatively ; " Peter Rabbit " and " Night and Fog."
My description may be a little confusing you but I am very happy if you take an interest in Okunoshima.
How would you like to explore this mysterious island together?
- Price per person (tax included)
- 990 JPY - / person
- Max participants
- Up to 5 people
- Hosted in English
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We walk to the port enjoying the beautiful scenery of this old fisherman town. I will tell you what to buy at the cozy port shop before going to the island by ferry.
2the Seto Inland Sea / the wonderful view from the ferry
The Inland Sea of Japan is so calm that some foreign visitors sometimes say ” This is not the sea but a pool of water."
However, the refreshing view of this sea will definitely make you feel at ease.
3the Okunoshima port and the campgrounds / you will meet a lot of rabbits
You will meet many rabbits everywhere on this island but this area has the largest number of rabbits found on this island. Please enjoy playing with rabbits through videos and pictures.
4Poison Gas Museum
This museum is a compact one room exhibition but you can get a lot of information related to the poison gas manufacturing plants of the Imperial Japanese Army.
What kinds of poison gases were they making ?
Why was this island chosen as the site of poison gas plant ?
Let me answer you about such questions.
5the Hotel Kyukamura Okunoshima
This is the only hotel on this island.
Let me show you different types of food and specialty of the hotel restaurant.
6hill top observatory
We will go up the hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea. One of the attractions of this island is the peaceful and calm atmosphere in the mild climate of this area.
7poison gas storage ruins
Along the walking path, we will see some of the ruins from the war remain on this island.
Among them, especially the ruins of poison gas storage convey the mystery of wars. The previous large gas storage place is still very dangerous and people are not allowed to go over the barriers.
How much gases were totally made on this island by the Imperial Japanese Army ?
How did the American Occupation Force and Japanese people handle the remaining poison gases after the war ?
You will find answers to these questions here.
8two big holes
You will see two big holes built on the hillside. Japan has a lot of folk monsters called ”Yokai.”
What are these holes for ？ Are they houses for ”Yokai” ？
active senior guide
The name of Hiroshima is known worldwide by two different kinds of letters; Hiroshima and 広島. The English letter, Hiroshima, refers to the first place in the world that was destroyed by atomic bombing. And the Japanese letter, 広島, means a traditional castle town of Japan that flourished in the 17th century. One represents miserable wartime and the other represents long established peaceful time of Edo Period. During your stay in Hiroshima, you may be perplexed by its dual nature. Miyajima island's laid-back atmosphere will clam you down, while Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum's exhibits may give you a wrenching heartache. So I would like to recommend that you visit the Peace Memorial Park first and then move to Miyajima island for your mental care. Without doubt, Hiroshima tour is very interesting and meaningful. You will be able to experience joys and sorrows of life all together anywhere in this city . Why don't you come on this impressive trip ? I will show you every corner of this city.