Tashirojima, AKA Cat Island.

Off the beaten path, a visit to an almost abandoned island is a must. This island currently houses more cats then humans. Only about 100 residents or so remain here feeding the ever growing cat population. Taking a step off the boat you will be greeted with well, nothing really. Just a minutes walk towards the residential houses and you will be swarmed with cats.

The island is going through some rebuilding and expanding which is great to see. The island suffered severe destruction caused by the 2011 tsunami.  Regardless, it’s still worth the visit.

Hopefully the government will step in and  take care of these cats.