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CNN Go’s article on cat cities introduced me to Ainoshima island, which is easily accessible from the main city of Fukuoka. So I set out last Saturday for the cat island.

Access to Ainoshima

Take Nishitetsu train to Nishitetsu Shingu station (西鉄新宮駅) then take the community bus to Shingu port (新宮渡船港). The bus took around 12 min for 100 yen. There are six rounds of ferries per day in summer and five in winter (see time table). One way costs 460 yen and takes 17 min.

Aside from 3-4 other cat watchers, I spotted around 20 cats on the island lying around to their heart’s extent.

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This one hides behind a track to avoid the cold wind.

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There’s another grey one on the road

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It seemed to be looking at something.

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There! A flying insect.

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Another one under the car

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This one was looking at me intensely.

Ainoshima (相ノ島)

Reference website:

Fubirai-san’s cat blog: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/fubirai/

Cat islands in Fukuoka: http://fukuoka-asobiba.com/nekojima/

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