There Is An Island In Japan That Is Entirely Filled With Cute Bunnies, And You Need To Go There NOW

Rabbit Island, Okunoshima, Japan (1)

Okunoshima is a small island in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The island, which has a circumference of about two and a half miles, is famous for its main inhabitants of more than 300 rabbits that bound about freely, earning it the nickname of Usagi Shima, or Rabbit Island.

Rabbit Island, Okunoshima, Japan (2)

The island has become a travel destination with many people coming to feed the animals. Tourists can enjoy the facilities which include a resort, six hole golf course and camping grounds.

Rabbit Island, Okunoshima, Japan (3)

Despite the happy look of the Rabbit Island, it has a dark past. During World War II the island was used as a poison gas facility. From 1929 to 1945, the Japanese Army produced five types of poison gas on Okunoshima. The island was so secretive that local residents were told to keep away and it was removed from area maps.

Rabbit Island, Okunoshima, Japan (4)

Today ruins of the old forts and chemical factories can be found all across the island. There’s also a small museum that stands as a reminder of the chemical weapons production.

Rabbit Island, Okunoshima, Japan (6)

As for how the vast number of rabbits came about, some sources say that a group of schoolchildren on a field trip released eight rabbits here in 1971.

Rabbit Island, Okunoshima, Japan (5)

The semi-wild rabbits face no natural predators, and quickly grow in numbers.

Rabbit Island, Okunoshima, Japan (7)

These fluffy animals are used to humans and will approach them in search of a snack, and even hop on to laps.

Rabbit Island, Okunoshima, Japan (8)

Would you like to visit the Rabbit Island?

Rabbit Island, Okunoshima, Japan (9)

How nice it is to have an island solely dedicated to rabbits, where the animals can live with their kind and be free of threats. Share this cute island and all its adorableness with your friends by clicking the buttons below.