I’m back with an overdue blog entry from months ago. Here’s the continuation of our 9 days in Japan backpacking series! Once I’m done with this (almost halfway… go Kaila go!!), I will post our itinerary exclusively on patreon (for all tiers).
As I was editing the photos, I couldn’t help but smile and reminisce about these times during our backpacking trip. It was a rainy day for us but the weather didn’t stop us to visit one of the dreamiest places in Japan for me!
We stayed for a few days in Hiroshima. On our last day, we checked out early from our airbnb and put our backpacks inside a coin locker at JR Hiroshima station.
* How to go to Rabbit Island from JR Hiroshima Station *
Take the train bound to Hiro station. From Hiro, get the train going to Tadanoumi. Use Google Maps to find the port within the area. For the access guide, this link is helpful.
*some handpicked photos from the 100+ photos lol*
Friendly tip, buy rabbit food from the grocery (if you can) to save money. We bought this cabbage from a FamilyMart kombini adjacent to the Tadanoumi train station.
Enough of the teaser photos, let’s get started with some narration!
Starting the day right with morning journaling ~
Prepared breakfast for the two of us.
Manner poster inside the train station : )
Gudetama was also traveling with us haha
Waiting for our second train ~
Quick brunch before walking to the port.
Rabbit island store ~
All the rabbit cuteness near the port!
Get ’em stamps ~
Important notice for travelers ~
The rabbit reuniting with his fam soon lol
MY HEART DROPPED!!
If you feel lost in life, I suggest spending a few days here at rabbit island. The company of these friendly creatures will surely lift anyone’s spirits up!
H A P P I N E S S
Wanna visit again and bike around the area!
“Located in eastern Hiroshima, Rabbit Island is a small enclave occupied by hundreds of wild rabbits that roam the forests and fields, chasing tourists for food. Only a 15-minute ferry ride from the mainland, the island is a popular destination for tourists from around the world.
Rabbits are usually surrounded by their large families and are known for their high fertility rate.
For these reasons, rabbits are often considered a symbol of safe childbirth and the blessings of many children. Rabbit Island, the home of over 1,000 rabbits, is known as a place to seek good fortune for your own family’s fertility.”
Source: Rabbit Island Official Website
It used to have a dark past because back in World War II, it housed the poison gas factory that was used for weapons / chemical warfare.
So blessed to have these rabbits conquering the island now!
… until then, the friendliest rabbits ever!
Went back to Hiroshima station and we ate dinner at a “tantanmen” restaurant.
It was my first time to try the legit way of eating tantanmen!
Lurking around the souvenir shops inside the station to kill time
Journaled a bit at a mini food court (it was a really cool place) + I remember having an instagram live back then haha
Finally, our night bus for Kyoto is here!
Since residents spend more travel money than tourists when it comes to transportation (no JR PASS for us huhu), we opted for night buses. We booked a Willer Express bus for this trip.
Hope you guys enjoyed this photo diary!