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.
Fubirai-san’s cat blog: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/fubirai/
Cat islands in Fukuoka: http://fukuoka-asobiba.com/nekojima/