Fukuoka's Cat Island 📍Ainoshima Island, Fukuoka


Ainoshima island cat

Japan has several cat islands, but if you are in Kyushu there’s one quite close to Fukuoka city.

That is Ainoshima, a tiny island where about 300 residents and 100 cats live together in a fascinating way.

Ainoshima residents

The island is located a 20-min ferry ride away from Shingu Port. It makes an ideal day trip from Fukuoka!

In 2013, Ainoshima was selected as one of the “6 Big Cat Spots in the world” by the United States news channel CNN.com.

Most of the cats on the island are friendly and not fearful of humans. Residents leave them to live freely and naturally as feral cats.

The cats of Ainoshima

The island is small, and it is worth it to explore the 5,4 km road that loops around the island.

You can visit some famous places such as Ainoshima Tumuli (stone burial mounds) and the arched Hanagurise rock formation and several ancient shrines.

Ainoshima island

★How to get to Ainoshima from Fukuoka?

From Hakata Station, take a train to Fukkodai-mae Station by JR Kagoshima line.

When you arrive at Fukkodai-mae Station, go to the 1st floor and take the 100 yen community bus to Shingu Port.

The ferry to Ainoshima Island takes about 20 min and costs 480 yen each way.

★Attention! Tips for visitors:

- Don’t feed the cats!

- Don’t leave any trash!

- Don’t enter the residents' private areas!

- Let’s keep the environment clean.

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