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Tashirojima Island is an island ideal for cat lovers, located off the coast of Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture. Several hundred cats live among the islanders here. Learn how to get to this island and spend quality time with these felines.
Tashirojima Island is a small island off the coast of Ishinomaki City in eastern Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku region. Over 130 cats live alongside with the human residents on this 11km island. There are more cats than people on the island, resulting in it being known as one of Japan’s cat islands, gathering attention from cat lovers.
The easiest way to get to Tashirojima Island is to take a bus and ferry from Ishinomaki Station. Ishinomaki Station is about an hour from Sendai by train. A detailed way of getting here is introduced in the latter half of this article.
There are two ports on Tashirojima Island. Odomari Port is in the north and in the south is Nitoda Port.
There is actually a higher chance of meeting more cats at Nitoda Port, but if you wish to explore the island, we recommend starting at Odomari Port. The ports are about two kilometers apart, and you can reach either port in about 30 minutes. You can also stop by some traveler-friendly areas and rest spots in between.
You can find a map of the island (pictured above) at the ferry ticket booth at Ishinomaki Port. Paw prints on the map indicate tourist attractions. These maps are only available in Japanese, but there are ferry times indicated on the back of the map, so take a copy with you.
Also, make sure to keep the ferry ticket with you will be handing it to the employees when you arrive at the island.
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