2/9 Aoshima Island of Cats, Japan

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One of around a dozen feline-ruled islands off the coast of Japan, Aoshima is one of the smallest at just one mile long. Cats were introduced by sailors who kept them on board their boats to keep mice at bay; today cats outnumber humans 6:1.

The 15 local villagers take care of the cats and provide food for them at designated feeding points throughout the island, with tourists bringing more food for the cats on regular ferries.

 

How to get there

Take a 30 minute twice-daily ferry ride from Nagahama Port in Ehime (a short walk from Iyonagahama JR station). Adult tickets cost around £5 and children cost approximately £2.50. And if you’re a dog? No chance!

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