Many are surprised to know that there are multiple islands that are known as “Cat Islands” in Japan. Each island has its own unique story as to why these islands have come to be so populated with these furry felines. However what is true about almost all of the cat islands is that they have come to become a big part of that island, and although many remain feral, many locals continue to care for the cats.
The cats may end up bringing luck after all, however. Tourism has been picking up as the island has become an attraction for curious travellers, thanks to all of those cats.
The Island of Aoshima, which is located in the Ehime prefecture, is the most well-known cat island, although there are multiple “Cat Islands” off Japan’s coastline and even on inland saltwater lakes.
Tashiro-jima is the second best-known island for cats, but now the concept is becoming a popular tourist attraction, more islands are becoming cat havens.
- Oshima (Shiga prefecture)
- Sanagishima (Kagawa prefecture)
- Aoshima (Ehime prefecture)
- Muzukijima (Ehime prefecture)