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Tashirojima, a Paradise for Cats in Miyagi Prefecture

Japan has many small islands with a large feline population, and even several places called “cat islands”. Some of them have turned into tourist attractions for cat lovers in recent years. Miyagi Prefecture also boasts such a cat island, Tashirojima.

Tashirojima in Miyagi Prefecture commonly known as Cat Island
Tashirojima in Miyagi Prefecture commonly known as Cat Island

Being an islet off Ishinomaki in northeast Miyagi Prefecture, Tashirojima has a coastline of only 11.5 km. On the island, cats are enshrined by the locals, who hold a long-standing belief that treating cats with kindness will bring huge catches of fish and prevent shipwrecks. Now the cats have outnumbered the local people.

Tashirojima in Miyagi Prefecture commonly known as Cat Island
Tashirojima in Miyagi Prefecture commonly known as Cat Island

All the cats there are very friendly with humans and may approach you when you pass them. ♥ Should you be also a cat lover, be sure to pay a visit!

Tashirojima in Miyagi Prefecture commonly known as Cat Island
Tashirojima in Miyagi Prefecture commonly known as Cat Island

Basic information on Tashirojima

OPEN
Address
Tashiro Coast, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture[MAP]
Access
Take a bus or a taxi from Ishinomaki Station to the Ajishima Line Front Pier. Go aboard from the Pier and get off at Nitoda Port (An about 60-minute ferry ride).
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Schedule of the Ajishima Line

There are only three departures for Tashirojima every day.