Japan’s Cat Islands

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NATURE: Japan’s Cat Islands

One person’s dream or someone else’s nightmare, visitors to Japan’s ‘nekojima’ islands will find themselves outnumbered by feline inhabitants by as much as ten to one. Japan is home to eleven cat islands, with the most famous amongst them Aoshima – home to only fifteen permanent residents and several times as many stray cats.

Those wanting to spend the day amongst the island’s four-legged locals can catch a boat from Nagahama Port, Ehime prefecture. With no hotels or restaurants and not even a vending machine in sight, Aoshima is for day-trippers only – be sure to take provisions and arm yourself with a camera..

Image: Thomas Peter

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