Visit of Ôkunoshima island 大久野島

  • Published on : 24/06/2020
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Guide to visit Rabbit Island in Japan

Ôkunoshima, declared " kyukamura ", literally "village to rest", is a small island located off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture in the Setouchi Sea (Inland Sea of Japan). Famous for its rabbits and pretty landscapes, it nonetheless conceals a terrible past.

Okunoshima Toxic Gas Museum

 

Thanks to the will of the inhabitants and the local authorities , anxious not to obscure the past , as terrible as it is, the museum of toxic gas opened its doors in 1988. It includes two rooms where equipment used in the factory, weapons, diaries of workers who worked in the factory (many of whom were seriously intoxicated) as well as old and more recent photos of poison gas victims. There are some explanations in English.

The museum is open every day except Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance costs only 100 yen.

Le musée des gaz toxiques-Okunoshima

Le musée des gaz toxiques-Okunoshima

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Okunashima

Okunashima

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L'ancien bâtiment de l'usine chimique

L'ancien bâtiment de l'usine chimique

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Visit of Ôkunoshima

 

The island is accessed from Tadanoumi Port in Hiroshima Prefecture. You must first go to Mihara station (30 minutes by Kodama shinkansen from Hiroshima) where you take the JR Kure line train to Tadanoumi (20 minutes). Be sure to inform yourself well before embarking on a trip because there is only one train per hour on this trip.

You can use your JR Pass card to reach the port and explore the area!

 

From the small port of Tadanoumi, there is a ferry every half hour. The last ferry leaves the island at 7 p.m. The journey takes less than 15 minutes.

Une plage d'Okunoshima

Une plage d'Okunoshima

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Terrain de camping à Okunoshima

Terrain de camping à Okunoshima

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Okunoshima

Okunoshima

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Phone

    +81 (0)84 626 0321.
  • Timetable

    20 minutes by ferry from Tadanoumi port. The port is a 5 minute walk from Takehara and Mihara stations of the Kure train line and Tadanoumi station of the JR line. boats every 30 minutes between 7.45 am and 7.30 pm.
  • Price

    round trip adults 600 yen - children 300 yen bike rental: 1000 yen deposit (Island Tourism Office)
  • Website

    http://www.qkamura.or.jp/ohkuno/

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